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Good day, my question is regarding dental care for my daughter who is 5 years old. we had a dental visit and they found a few small cavities which arent causing any discomfort. should be be performing fillings at this stage? thank you

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Absolutely: Dental caries on primary teeth can progress quickly. Her primary teeth help her chew, help with speech development, provide self esteem, and guide her secondary teeth into place. Premature loss of her primary teeth can result in the need for extensive orthodontic work. If you wait for pain, the carious teeth would be hopeless and need extraction. Failure to treat can be considered child neglect.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Infection: A cavity is an infection, and children often do not feel pain until infection has begun spreading through circulatory system to other organ systems. To not treat is considered child neglect. Baby teeth important as guides for erupting permanent teeth, affect chewing/speech and facial growth/developmentAll children should have 1st dental exam age 1, 1st Orthodontic exam age 7

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