How to care for your child after a Filling

After your child has dental fillings, it’s important to care for the gums and teeth to help healing.  Below is a list of what to do and what not to do.

  1. Your child’s lip, cheek, and tongue will be numb or “asleep” for about 2-3 hours. During this time make sure your child does not bite, scratch, or pick at these numb areas.

  2. Restrict diet to liquids (milkshake or smoothie) for the first 3 hours, and then eat soft foods for the rest of the day such as soup, yogurt, eggs, jello etc.

  3. Normal brushing and flossing should resume tonight.

  4. Give Tylenol or Motrin in case of any discomfort of the tooth or gums.

  5. If your child complains of discomfort when chewing after a few days, please come in to the office for an adjustments to the height of the filling, which is a short, painless procedure.

Your child should heal normally if you follow these instructions. Please feel free to call our office at (713) 461-1509 if you have any questions.

Dr. Urvi Jadav

Smiles for Kids Pediatric Dentistry