A trip to the dentist can be scary, especially for young children—and with all those gadgets, noises, and intrusion, we understand. Nevertheless, a trip is inevitable, especially if it’s a cavity filling. 

Read on to learn some gentle tips on helping your child prepare for their first filling.

Maintain Your Composure

When a child feels anxious about a cavity filling, the first thing they need is a strong presence—not a nervous parent. Children have a tendency to learn from their parent’s emotions. If you produce confidence about the appointment, your child will feel more comfortable about the impending filling. 

Talk Open and Honestly

Children are talkative, and they like to inquire about things. It’s normal if he or she has questions. You should feel free to answer honestly, without instilling a degree of fear.  Typically knowing what to expect beforehand (e.g. weird sounds, shiny tools, procedures, laughing gas, etc.) can mitigate fear and alleviate their stress. 

Emphasize Positivity

You should take the time to elucidate how fortunate your child is to have a good dentist who is able to fix his or her tooth. Don’t use the cavity as a means to blame the child for their poor brushing or eating habits. This may cause them to feel shame on top of their growing worry. 

Share Your Experience

One of the best ways to calm the nerves of your child is to create a personal connection between their impending experience and your own. Cavities are not a respecter of persons, affecting adults and children alike. Let your child know that cavities, while not desirable, are very common. 

Pick a Comfort Item

Despite your best efforts, once “doomsday” approaches, your child may still possess a degree of anxiety. That’s okay. The goal is to make them to feel as comfortable as possible—let them wear cozy clothing or bring their favorite stuffed animal. This may allow them to relax during the procedure and derive more enjoyment.

Encourage Them Afterward

This is your chance to express “good job” and “atta boy” to your son or daughter. They may feel overwhelmed by the procedure—take some time afterward to uplift their spirits before heading home. 

Plan To Do Something Fun

As a reward for their best behavior and bravery, you could promise to take them to the park or another favorite spot after the appointment. This could also be your chance to show them a cavity doesn’t mean you can’t eat ice cream or a candy bar. 


Our dentists at The Landing Dental Spa have a tenured history of dealing with young children at the dentist. We know it can be scary to make an appointment, but we promise we’ll make it worth it for you and them.  Does your child have a cavity? Make an appointment at The Landing Dental Spa today. Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, our relaxing environment will calm and soothe you as our caring staff adequately treats you. For a comfortable, relaxing, and spa-like dental appointment, call us at 304-594-2200 or contact us online here. We look forward to making you smile.