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How to Prepare Your Child For a Filling Marietta, GA

How to Prepare Your Child For a Filling

If you have recently been told your child has a cavity, you are not alone. Dental caries is more common among young children than any other chronic illness, including asthma and diabetes. In fact, at least 4 million preschoolers suffer from tooth decay, which is an increase of more than 600,000 kids in the last decade. Poor brushing and flossing may be likely that your child’s high sugar consumption is contributing to tooth decay. Your dentist can help determine the specific measures you need to take as a parent to prevent future cavities in your child. However, if the damage is done, here are some helpful ways you can prepare your child for getting a filling.

Keep it Positive: A dental filling procedure can be quite scary for a child. Emphasize how lucky your child is to have a good dentist that will fix his tooth. This is not the time to blame poor brushing habits or punish a child.

Be Honest But Careful: Most of a child’s anxiety is on the unexpected, especially if this is his first time getting a filling. Explain what will happen at the appointment including sights and sounds your child will experience. However, be careful to avoid frightening words like “shot”, “needle”, or “hurt”. Instead, use terms such as “little poke” or “sleepy juice for your tooth.”

Share Your Story: Most parents have had a cavity and had to get a filling as a child. You can bring your child a lot of comfort by sharing your own personal experience and positive outcome from a filling procedure.

Give Your Child Control: Simply allowing your child to wear a certain outfit they pick out or bring a favorite stuffed animal can give your child a feeling of control and reduce anxiety about the dental filling appointment.

Plan A Reward: Talk to your child about what you can do afterwards as a fun reward, such as going to the park, a favorite treat or setting up a special play date with a friend.

Gilreath Family Dentistry works hard to make children feel comfortable and at ease during their dental appointments. A caring dentist and a calm parent can greatly improve your child’s attitude towards getting a cavity filled.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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