My child just got his or her teeth cleaned. Why are they saying their teeth feel sticky?
Children often tell parents that their teeth feel rough or sticky after fluoride varnish application. This is totally normal. Your child is feeling the varnish that is sticking to the tooth helping to fight cavities. Try not to eat or drink for 30 minutes after fluoride application. The rough feeling will go away once the varnish dissolves.
How long will my child feel numb after a procedure?
Our office typically uses a numbing medicine that lasts for two or three hours. Try not to let your child chew on the numb area of their mouth. It is important to reassure your child that the numb feeling will go away in time. As the medicine wears off, your child may feel a tingling sensation similar to how it feels when your foot "falls asleep."
Try drinking a glass of orange juice. This can reduce the time your child feels numb.
My child just had a filling or stainless steel crown done. How long should we wait before eating?
Your child's white filling or crown is strong enough to eat with right away so you should not be concerned about breaking the filling. We do recommend waiting for the numb feeling to wear off before eating to avoid accidental lip bites.