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My 8 year old daughter had eight cavities today at the dentist and she has been brushing her teeth. no sign of pain whatsoever?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Pain not needed: If you thought that you needed to be in pain to require treatment, you are mistaken. Just because your child brushes her teeth does not guarantee no cavities. Diet? Water fluoridation? Brushing technique? Let her dentist explain all of the above, and have her teeth restored.

Answered 4/22/2020

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Eight cavities: No pain does not mean no cavities. Brushing needs to one part of oral hygiene, to include flossing (where are the cavities...if you don't floss you will get cavities between the teeth), and proper diet. Talk to your dentist and dental hygienist about proper brushing and flossing.

Answered 4/22/2020

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Dr. Robert Moretta answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Pain not needed.: We see kids that say they brush but when we have them show us how they brush they are not doing it properly. We also recommend that they brush for 2 minutes. We find that most don't even take 30 seconds. The dentist or the dental hygienist should go over proper technique with her.

Answered 4/22/2020

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Cavities: In early stages cavities area symptomatic. If teeth hurt, infection is well advanced. Proper oral hygiene, reducing sugary foods/snacks, fluoride treatments, fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and sealants help guard against new cavities. Please review each of these items with your Dentist. Extremely important that your daughter see Dentist AT LEAST 2x/year.

Answered 3/30/2016

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