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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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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