Your Child’s First Cavity, What are you going to do?!
Some parents believe their children are too young to visit the dentist. Or they believe that because the baby teeth will fall out, they will not require a filling. Both of these mental habits are incorrect. If a cavity is left untreated, it can spread further into the bone, causing injury. The jawline plays a vital role in maintaining the permanent tooth in place when it emerges. First and foremost, your child’s cavity is not your fault, and you were not a horrible parent for allowing it to happen. Second, it’s unlikely that your youngster is to blame. Even if you brush and floss your child’s teeth on a regular basis, cavities can still occur.
The First Visit to the Dentist
The overall dentist process will be overwhelming for some children. As parents, we must endeavor to explain as much as possible to our children. The sight of the chair and all of the electronics may be too much for their small minds to handle. It’s critical to choose a dentist who is compassionate and can explain what’s going on in terms and mannerisms that they understand. It also helps to have a balloon or a treasure chest to choose from.
What is causing this?
You can play the blame game over who’s to blame all day long. The true answer, however, is that today’s diets are high in sugar. The enamel on the teeth is eroded by these sugary substances. A youngster should see a peditric dentist by their first birthday as a rule of thumb. This enables a dentist to detect any problems well before they require treatment. Despite the fact that these are not their permanent teeth, they will need to use them for roughly 6-8 years to ensure proper chewing.
The Filling Methodology
These days, fillings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Metal fillings’ risks have been well-documented. If you wish to prevent any risks, ask for fillings that are the same color as your teeth. Each dentist has a preference for the type of filling that should be used. It’s worthwhile to conduct some research and determine what is best for your child.
The Sedation Method
Most dentists understand how difficult it is to slip a needle into a little child’s mouth. This is one of the reasons why so many dentists use laughing gas. The little mask relaxes the child enough for the dentist to perform his or her duties. This ensures that the child is relaxed and that the dentist has enough room to complete the procedure. They won’t be able to hear the drill or any of the other devices that may be employed.
The youngster should not experience any pain following the surgery. Tylenol is about the only thing a young person can take if they are in discomfort due to gum disease. The discomfort should not be severe enough to need the use of a stronger pain reliever. The tooth may be sensitive to both warm and cold sensations, but it should be as good as new the next day.
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