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My 5 year old daughter says the gums above one tooth hurt, should we see a dentist or is she too young?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
5 years old is: Fine to see a dentist. She can see a general dentist who includes children in his practice or a pediatric dentist.
Dr. Scott Peters
Dentistry - Pediatric 30 years experience
Overdue: Your daughter is overdue to see the dentist. Both the ada and pediatric dental academy recommend a child see the dentist at 12 months old or when the first tooth erupts. It is certainly possible that she may be having this discomfort from a cavity. Please get her to the dentist soon.

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