Whistle Instead of Drill
A dental drill creates an access point in a tooth, particularly in an area where decay has occurred. After this, a crown or filling is usually placed. But “drill” can be too aggressive and may not encourage a child’s feeling of safety and security at a dental office. Instead, we describe this tool by the sound it makes, which is a whistle. When talking to your child, you can compare it to other noises, like that of a train or party favor. When the dentist is using this whistle, tell your child to close their eyes and think of other things that make the same noise so you can compare lists after the appointment.
Sugar Spots Instead of Cavities or Decay
Getting the news that you’ve developed a cavity isn’t fun for anyone, but for a child, it can be particularly confusing. Adults have some understanding of what cavities are and what causes them, but describing this in detail can be alarming for children. Because the accumulation of acid-producing sugars causes cavities, you can refer to them as sugar spots. This gives kids a good idea of how the spot developed and what caused it, without sounding intimidating and clinical.