While you may not love learning that your child needs a dental filling, you understand the reasoning, you know that it will solve a problem, you are aware the results will look just lovely, and you have probably had one before (so you are not afraid of them). However, when your child learns it’s time for a first filling, well, things don’t always go so smoothly. If you have a child who feels worried about an upcoming visit for this simple restoration, our Dallas, TX team has some helpful advice!
Remind Your Child To Ask Us Questions
Your child will probably have a lot of questions about dental fillings. This is perfectly normal! Remember, if you’re not sure about an answer, if you aren’t very comfortable that you’re giving the right answer, or if you’re worried your answer is going to cause even more upset or concern if you’re not careful, we are here to help you! Remind your child to write down all of his or her questions about fillings and to ask them the next time we see you (which may be the day of the filling). This will provide lots of reassurance!
Remind Your Kiddo That Nearly Everyone Gets Cavities
Why does everybody need dental checkups and cleanings? Well, because decay is extremely common! So, do your best to remind your child that just about everyone will get a cavity, so even if your little one feels alone in needing a dental filling, it not unusual at all!
Explain That It Feels Like Nothing At All
You may want to choose your words carefully here and do your best to explain that your child’s tooth will be numb and that a dental filling feels like nothing. You can even try to keep things light-hearted by explaining that thanks to local anesthetic and numb tissue, it can make you sound very funny when you try to talk after a filling (but that it wears off quickly).
Get Your Little One Nice And Comfy
You can come up with things that will help your child feel comfortable during a dental filling, if you wish. Spend time together gathering up a favorite blanket and lucky charm, setting up a playlist if you think your child might like to listen to music on the way to our practice, and even coming up with a nice cozy outfit! It will make the visit feel relaxed and easy.
Bring Kiddos In For Comfortable Fillings
Remember that if you or your child has any questions about dental fillings, we will always be more than happy to answer your questions and to provide explanations! Call us soon to set up a visit! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda and more.