Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Don't Cave In To Cavity Fears: Help A Child Deal With Their First Cavity

by Christy Long

Nobody ever wants to deal with cavities. Prevention is ideal, so it is important for children to brush their teeth regularly. Unfortunately, cavities are inevitable for most people even when they do have a good dental care routines. If your child is afraid of the cavity in their mouth and the filling, they need to fix it. Here are some things you can do to help them deal with the situation.

Ask Open-Ended Questions About How Your Child Is Feeling

When it comes to getting their first cavity filled, a child may be imagining many things that you haven't considered. A child's imagination can run wild and fill in the blanks with something far scarier than reality. Dig a little deeper into how they are feeling with open-ended questions. That way, you can then let them know when they are mistaken and provide words of comfort to help ease their worries. Ask these questions:

  • Have any of your friends had a cavity and a filling?
  • What do you think happens when you get a filling?
  • What confuses you about cavities and fillings?
  • What is the worst part of having a cavity?
  • What would help you feel better right now?

These simple questions can help your child voice their fears, and their answers can let you know a lot about what you want to say or ask next to help them handle the problem.

Read Stories About Cavities and Fillings

Luckily, children's books have been written about this childhood experience. By giving your child books about cavities, you can help them see that their experience is perfectly normal. It also can make facing their fears a little less scary. Read books like Sid the Science Kid: A Cavity Is a Hole in Your Tooth (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Jodi Huelin and Sugarbug Doug: All About Cavities, Plaque and Teeth by Dr. Ben Magleby. The fun characters in these books are relatable and fun for little ones.

Finally, keep in mind that every child's perception of cavities and fillings will be a little different. Listen to your child's exact fears to optimally calm them down. Reassure them that the process of having a cavity corrected with a filling can be pain-free, and plan a little something that they will enjoy for after the pediatric dentist visit. With your care and attention, your child can handle their first cavity and filling with little stress


About Me

Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

I was very unhappy with the way that my front teeth looked. They were crooked and stained with an ugly yellow tint. I asked my dentist if there was anything that could be done to improve them. After discussing the options with my dentist, I decided to have crowns put on my front teeth. The procedure was painless and I wish that I had done it sooner. My name is Constance Graham and I am writing this blog to inform others about cosmetic dentistry. If you don’t like the way your teeth look, speak to your dentist about improving your smile. There are various cosmetic procedures that you can have done such as veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, and dental implants. I hope you use the information in this blog to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you.