Tooth Filling For Children – What You Should Know?
Cavities are common in children. When the kid starts to complain of toothache, parents rush their kids to dental clinic to address the issue. It is a common problem in school age children. Kid’s tooth filling (อุดฟันน้ำนม, term in Thai) is one of the best ways to address tooth cavities. When preparing your kid for tooth filling, there are a few things you should keep in mind. These are the following:
- Make sure to keep your child comfortable from the beginning to the end of the procedure. Kids are anxious when it comes to dental visit, especially if it is their first time. Your role as a parent is to make sure your child’s dental visit will be a smooth one. It all starts with having a conversation with your child of what to expect during a dental visit. Remember that kids pick up on the emotions of their parents. Remain calm when explaining to your child. Make sure you do not mention any scary things that would add more anxiety to your child.
- Discuss with the dentist the things to expect during the procedure so you will know how to convey these things to your child. Ask the dentist about the kind of filling such as composite and mental. Ask if sedation is given to your child along with any after-procedure instructions. Dentists usually use composite material for dental fillings for kids, specifically tooth-colored filling, which will help prevent tooth decay from appearing again. The type of materials used and the need for sedation varies from one child to another.
- Choose a dental clinic with kid-friendly atmosphere. When talking about atmosphere, it is not just the physical aesthetic of the clinic, but also the friendliness of the staff. The lobby should be engaging with kid-friendly decors. The staff must be accommodating and attentive to the needs of your child.
- Be knowledgeable about the kind of continued care your kid needs. During the procedure, the area of the teeth is numbed by a numbing agent, but eventually the numbing feeling will disappear. It is your duty as a parent to take care of that area until the sensation returns. Once your child complains of pain, make sure you give pain reliever that is prescribed by the dentist. You can also place cold compress to help ease the pain. Once the pain fades, the procedure is done.
The composite remains bonded firmly to the tooth. The next important role of parents is to make sure that the kids maintain good oral hygiene. Help cultivate this good health habit to your child. Stress the importance of brushing teeth twice a day and also introduce dental flossing. This will help remove food particles that are not thoroughly removed by brushing alone. Lastly, it is a must to visit the dentist religiously. The ideal frequency is twice a year or every six months. This will help catch up any tooth problem the earliest possible time, which will save your teeth from possible extraction.