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Smile Town Childrens Dentist Burnaby, Langley, North Delta
SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Burnaby

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How To Prepare Your Child For Their First Filling

Posted Mar 22nd, 2016

Getting a filling for the very first time can be a stressful experience for your child, even though
you have been bringing them in for regular checkups. The good thing is the cavity when found
will have been found before it becomes a bigger problem. Now your child will know which spots
in his/her mouth need more careful cleaning during the at-home oral hygiene routine.

Approach it calmly

When you need to talk to your child about the need to fill a cavity do so confidently and in a positive manner. Don’t make it sound like punishment for not brushing enough, cavities happen despite good oral hygiene. Just emphasis the need to clean each and every tooth more carefully.

Prepare your child for the appointment

Use straightforward age appropriate language, you might tell a younger child the Dentist is going to remove the sugar bugs from their mouth. An older child may understand that the Dentist will clean the area out and then patch it up and it won’t hurt a bit.

If your child is extremely anxious, consider sedation

There are children who may find the idea of getting their tooth filled, having it drilled, needles etc quite scary. Dentists who specialize in children’s dentistry offer this option and may be something to discuss with them.

Use the situation as a learning experience

Now that your child has experienced a cavity their routine may need to be tweaked, maybe they need to pay more attention to a certain area. Possibly they need to floss more carefully or make sure they are brushing long enough and paying attention to those back molars. If your child needs more instruction on how to brush and floss properly the Dentist is happy to show you and your child ways to improve.

Now could be a good opportunity to discuss limiting sugary snacks and drinks that can lead to more cavities and the importance of healthier snacks while the experience is recent. Above all parents should not feel guilty you’ve set a good example for your children’s oral health.

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