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Your child has a tooth decay, he has broken a tooth or it is simply his annual check: no way to escape the visit to the dentist. Your child is worried? You too ? Trust this professional to dramatize the situation!
Who disturbs it?
- Your child. Although he already knows the dentist, he apprehends: the sanitized universe, the instruments make him a little afraid.
- You. You yourself may not like to have dental work, you have trouble appeasing it.
CASE BY CASE SOLUTION
It's a simple control visit
- Since he was little, you take your child to the dentist once a year to check that everything is fine. Excellent reflex! This prevention is essential: if a child avoids the cavities on his provisional teeth, he will be less likely to have some on his permanent teeth. Your big one already has his final molar or "6 year old tooth"? This will be an opportunity to apply a fluoride varnish on its grooves to prevent bacteria attacking the tooth and causing cavities.
- What has to be done. Avoid giving too much detail to your child about the course of this visit, you may worry. Explain that the dentist will look at his teeth, count them and show him how to brush them well. Simple and reassuring!
- What to tell him. "It will be like last time."
He has a decay
- Do not panic: the treatment of a milk tooth is much less painful than that of a definitive tooth. Dental tissue is less innervated and therefore less sensitive. And if need be, the dentist will do a little anesthesia to your child by putting a balm on the gum. Trust this professional: it will reassure your child by taking the time to explain the use of his instruments before starting care.
- What has to be done. If the dentist asks you to stay in the waiting room, do not take it badly. Your child is more serene alone with the dentist: he feels treated like a "big one".
- What to tell him. "The little hole in the tooth is microbes that did it by feeding on the sugar that remained in your mouth, which is why you have to brush your teeth."