Parental advice for dealing with baby teeth cavities

By on May 27, 2015

 

http://www.thestar.com/life/2015/05/25/parental-advice-for-dealing-with-baby-teeth-cavities.htmlBy age 5, about 60 per cent of U.S. children will have experienced tooth decay, according to the State of Little Teeth Report. If left untreated, it can result in infection, chewing difficulty and even malnutrition.

When I heard the news, I felt that all-too-common parental emotion: I was a bad mother.

My 5-year-old daughter had cavities, explained the pediatric dentist. Multiple cavities, including one that had caused so much decay that a bottom left molar would probably have to be extracted.

I felt at fault, yet defensive. “We don’t let her drink a lot of juice,” I said. “We brush her teeth regularly, and she’s been seeing our family dentist since she was 2 ½.”

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Not flossing sufficiently, he explained, was probably the reason; the cavities began between her teeth. As soon as one develops, it can spread quickly throughout the mouth.

Our daughter, Nora, could have her cavities filled and the extraction done in his office over three or four visits, using anesthetic shots and possibly nitrous oxide. But given the amount of work necessary, the dentist recommended doing it all at once after placing her under general anesthesia at our children’s hospital and completing the work in one day. thestar.com

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