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children and cavities? our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. we've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but i guess it happened anyway. what i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
The : The procedures are basically the same with a bit more nurturing with kids. The level of maturity and cooperation will determine if a child needs a specialist (pedodontist) and/or sedation.
Dr. Steven Mc Connell
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Depending : Depending upon the size of the filling it is probably as simple as a little bit of local anesthetic, just like you would do for an adult, remove the decay and place the filling. Most 5 year olds' do just fine with this and do not require any sort of sedation. If the child has a lot of teeth that need to be restored, it may be best to consider sedation and have all the teeth treated at one time.
Dr. Vidhya Sampath
Dentistry 22 years experience
Don't : Don't be dejected that your child has a cavity. Be proud that as a conscientious parent, you are able to provide your child with good dental health care! if the cavity is small, the procedure is similar as with adults - local anesthetic, remove decay, fill. Children, most often than not, do better than adults at the dentist's, when they are given gentle and great care. Good luck! :).
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Good for you: Think of how much more of a problem you would have if your weren't such good parents. Keep up the diet control and brushing. Floss your child's teeth daily because a toothbrush only reaches about 70% of the tooth. Talk to your dentist about sealants, Fluoride supplements for the forming permanent teeth, and Fluoride treatments for the erupted baby teeth. Your child will be fine.

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