Top
20
Doctor insights on: How Many Cavities Has The Average Us 8 Year Old Had

Share
1

1
How many cavities has the average u.S. 8 year old had?

How many cavities has the average u.S. 8 year old had?

Hard to say: In my clinic i see a lot of medicaid children with decay, but there is no reason why an 8yr old should have no decay. In my office i would says 4-6, but not sure about the national average. I think it should be less than that maybe closer to 2. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
My 8 year old son has a black spot the size of maybe 3 pin points on the bottom of both of his top canine teeth. Are they cavities? Do we fill them?

My 8 year old son has a black spot the size of maybe 3 pin points on the bottom of both of his top canine teeth. Are they cavities? Do we fill them?

Probably: But you will have to see a dentist to confirm. If cavities probably needs fillings because the upper baby canines still have another 3-4 years before they are ready to fall out to allow the permanent canines to erupt. Small fillings easier and less expensive than large ones, so please call your dentist now. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
My 8 year old daughter had eight cavities today at the dentist and she has been brushing her teeth. No sign of pain whatsoever?

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

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. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
6

6
Is it common for 3 year olds to have cavities?

Is it common for 3 year olds to have cavities?

Yes: You would be surprised. But our practice sees at least one child between the ages of 2-5 yrs old with multiple cavities. But not all cavities need to treated right away. Sometimes topicals or mouth rinses can be used. Talk to your dentist, or seek out a pediatric dentist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
My 4 year old has 8 cavities. Should she be given sealers?

My 4 year old has 8 cavities. Should she be given sealers?

No: Sealants are placed on teeth that do not currently have cavities and are considered a preventative treatment. Once a tooth has been diagnosed with decay, it must be restored with a filling or crown. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
I was wondering is it necessary to fill a 6 year old's cavity?

I was wondering is it necessary to fill a 6 year old's cavity?

Not really: If it is a baby tooth and will fall out, and a small cavity it may not be necessary. If it is big and painful, then yes. ...Read more

9

9
Would like to know if it's necessary to fill a 6 year old's cavity right away?

Would like to know if it's necessary to fill a 6 year old's cavity right away?

The longer you wait,: .. the deeper it gets. A simple filling can become a more complex and expensive set of procedures. Severe decay can result in the loss of the tooth and necessitate a space maintainer. Don't delay. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
Is it unusual for a sixteen year old to have 17 cavities and 3 root canals?

Is it unusual for a sixteen year old to have 17 cavities and 3 root canals?

Yes and No: There are many factors that contribute to the presence of oral disease. We see high rates of tooth decay in certain geographic areas, and very low rates in others. Dietary habits, cultural norms, and socio-economic status are also great contributors to the presence or absence of disease. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
Would you give a four-year old child midazolam in order to have his cavity filled?

Would you give a four-year old child midazolam in order to have his cavity filled?

At the hospital: Midazolam is safe when the child is being monitored. Sedation in a child may be unexpectedly problematic. In my view, pediatric sedation should only be performed in the hospital with full monitoring and emergency staff and equipment. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
My 3 year old has a cavity on a baby tooth, does it need to be filled?

My 3 year old has a cavity on a baby tooth, does it need to be filled?

Probably: Baby teeth are important. It's important to maintain baby teeth for several reasons. At 3yrs, your child will have this tooth for several more years, so it's important to take care of it to prevent a toothache. The baby tooth will maintain the space for the permanent tooth that will replace it. If the baby tooth is pulled, a space maintainer is needed to prevent further developmental problems. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
13

13
Five year old has cavity in a baby tooth; should we fill it or not?

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

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. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Does a 3 year old boy really need to have a baby tooth cavity filled if it is not bothering her?

Does a 3 year old boy really need to have a baby tooth cavity filled if it is not bothering her?

Yes. Absolutely!!: Your son will have the baby tooth for several more years. The bacteria will spread from the decayed tooth within 2-3 minutes following brushing and could cause more decay in other teeth. If the decay is not removed it will get worse and could cause your son pain. Get the treatment recommended. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
17

17
How are young children treated for cavities? Our two year old has a cavity, for which she's going to be treated next week. We're wondering what that procedure entails for young kids and if there is anything special we need to do beforehand? Our dentist ju

How are young children treated for cavities? Our two year old has a cavity, for which she's going to be treated next week. We're wondering what that procedure entails for young kids and if there is anything special we need to do beforehand? Our dentist ju

With care: Jule, you should really talk to your dentist. A child is learning as they grow up. A good, early dental experience is key to a life time of healthy happy teeth. Pick a dentist or pediatric dentist that is skilled in the handling of small children. They have many techniques to make the experience an easy one. Set them off on the right foot and dental care will not be scary for them. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
18

18
My nine year old went to the dentist recently and the dentist missed a bad cavity. Are cavities hard to detect?

Sometimes: When they are large it should be quite easy unless there was a lot of debris that was not removed first. Small ones can be very difficult to find in some areas even with xrays, but large ones should be pretty easy to find with the aid of xrays. Sometimes they are larger than they appears as well. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
My three year old has a small cavity in his molar. Brushes teeth regularly. What would cause this?

My three year old has a small cavity in his molar. Brushes teeth regularly. What would cause this?

Regardless of cause: untreated tooth decay in the primary teeth will increase the probability of problems in the permanent dentition. See a pedodontist for consultation and parents education session. Do not delay. ...Read more

See 4 more doctor answers