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A 29-year-old member asked:

Five year old has cavity in a baby tooth; should we fill it or not?

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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Consult dentist: This should definitely be checked out by your child's dentist. It may depend on the location and size of the cavity, and whether your child is having any symptoms from it. It's important to keep baby teeth healthy, even though they will eventually fall out. If a cavity progresses it can cause a dangerous infection so make sure to see a dentist about this.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
More than likely : Baby teeth 'hold space' for the adult teeth. If a cavity is untreated in a baby tooth for an extended period of time, the space for the adult tooth may be lost (in addition to the potential for pain/swelling/infection). Thereby crowding the adult teeth. But, if a baby tooth is about to be lost, then a filling will not be necessary. Check with your dentist.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can happen if u don't fill a cavity in a baby tooth ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Premature loss: The baby teeth have a significant role in preserving space in the gum line for the eventual emergence of the adult teeth. Failing to care for baby teeth results in premature loss, generalized decline in overall health, underdevelopment of the jaw and excessive crowding when adult teeth come in. Kids on federal assistance begin receiving covered visits as early as 6m where special meds are applied.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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