You might have felt your stomach sink in dread when you learned that your little son or daughter has a cavity. But you should know that this is a very common event.
What can you expect? And how can you prepare your child for treatment?
Kids and Cavities
Baby teeth are thinner than adult teeth. This makes them prone to developing cavities. Diet plays a role in your child’s cavity risk. A diet high in acids, sugars, and other carbohydrates will weaken tooth enamel. Young children tend to have a hard time brushing well and avoiding their favorite junk foods! Cavities happen.
Fortunately, some cavities don’t show up until that tooth is ready to fall out. But if the cavity is in an adult tooth or a baby tooth that has many months left, a filling will be necessary.
Your Attitude Makes a Difference!
If you are nervous about the filling appointment, then your child will become unduly more nervous, as well. Treat the appointment as you would any other routine visit and your kid will see that it’s nothing to be afraid of. If you feel that your child will benefit from sedation or specialized pediatric dental care, then that can be arranged.
Be honest and calm in explaining the process to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. Help them to appreciate that this is a good thing that will help their smile stay strong and healthy.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Your dentist will probably recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants to avoid cavities in the future. Continue to work with your child on improving their oral hygiene routine, and a dental filling will be a rare occasion!
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
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