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Fill Cavities in a 3 Year old? If my 3 year old has cavities in her back molars should they be filled? Is it a good idea for a child this age to have any fillings or use of anesthesia? ... Visitor from MI

Answer:
I do not mean to sound rude but where did you ever come up with the thought to Not treat dental disease in your 3 year old daughters mouth?

Your daughter depends on you to do what is in her best interest. Not treating dental decay which can lead to abscesses, toothaches, pain and possible loss of teeth is parental neglect!

Taking your daughter to a pediatric dental specialist to help her is correct and right thing to do for her. The small decay can turn into big deep decay that will cause your daughter severe pain and may lead to the loss of teeth.

Primary or baby teeth are extremely important for speech, eating and to provide a healthy foundation for her permanent teeth.

A second reason to have your daughter's teeth restored before they become painful and abscessed is that it will be much easier for the child dental specialist to treat them. Also your daughter will have a comfortable positive experience, will learn how to take care of her teeth, and set in motion a life-long habit of preventative dental care.

In our practice we provide care for many truly phobic and fearful adults who put off needed dental care for years and years due to horrible, traumatic dental appointments when they were children. They come to us for help because after years of not going to the dentist, most have serious dental decay and gum disease problems.

Their fear and dental phobia started with traumatic, painful appointments as children, and continued into adulthood by avoiding the dentist because of these past bad memories.

Another important reason to take care of the first set of primary teeth is that they help guide the permanent adult teeth into place. Your daughter's back molars will stay in place until she is 12 or 13 years old, at which time her adult pre-molars will erupt and push them out.

I would also question why your daughter is getting dental decay at 3 years old? Are her teeth being brushed and flossed every day? Does she rinse her teeth with a fluoride rinse like ACT or FLUROGAURD before going to bed? Is her diet high in sugars which are contained in all the kids sugared cereals, in candy, cookies, etc.?

Your daughter's primary teeth are absolutely important and should be treated for all the reasons I've just reviewed. I hope you will find a pedodontist to examine and care for your daughter in a comfortable and non-scarey way.

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