Dental appointments are usually a struggle for most parents. This is because children often get scared when a dental visit is mentioned due to their bad dental experience or horrible images they imagined. Sometimes, parents would opt not to visit the dentist because their child is not comfortable with doing so. If no actions are taken, the situation could get worse and affect your child’s dental health.
At Northeast Dental Center, we offer gentle pediatric dentistry services for children of all ages. Cavity filling is one of the services we offer which helps restore your child’s teeth and maintain good oral health. Undergoing a cavity filling for the first time can be scary. But, worry no more! We have prepared a list of things to do in preparation for your child’s cavity filling.
Be calm. Anxiety and fear for the dental procedure of your child can be passed on to them. It is best to be calm and project positive energy so that they won’t be scared about the procedure.
Explain why filling a cavity is needed. Educating the child why the procedure is necessary and sharing the possible outcomes if the treatment is not done are helpful ways to ease their anxiety and fear.
Use appropriate and kid-friendly terms. When explaining, use words that won’t scare them. It is best to refrain from using the terms drill, cut, hurt, and more.
Share your experience. Let your child know that people of all ages can get cavities, including you. Tell them that they shouldn’t worry and discussing with them how quick your own procedure was will help reduce the fear they have.
Bring comfort items. Let your child bring a comfort item such as a stuffed toy they can hug and squeeze during the procedure. Bringing of comfort item would help ease the nervousness they feel before and during their treatment.
Plan a fun activity. After the scheduled appointment, let them visit a park or activities that won’t affect the treated tooth. This will give the child something to anticipate for after the dental visit.
Northeast Dental Center is always ready to take action involving you and your child’s oral health. If you want to experience secure and more child-friendly dental services in Children’s Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, contact us and book an appointment at 10847 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116.