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Should A Five Year Old Get Cavities Filled
No: Wisdom tooth will erupt around age 17 and sometimes as early as 14, but never at 5. Very likely, that is the first permenant molar which should erupt around age 6 and is so-called 6-year-old tooth. When it erupts, it will be partially coverd by gum tissue and the symptom is similar to wisdom tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do children need sealants for both six year and twelve year molars? I never had sealants as a kid, was told by a friend that our daughter will probably need sealants placed on both her six year and twelve year molars. Is this likely the case?
My two year old is getting in his six year old molars and he already has his full set of 20 toddler teeth. Should i be worried?
Possibly.: The 6 year molars, also known as the first adult molars, typically come in at ages 6 or 7 years old. If they are coming in at age 2, this is far out of the normal range. The very first thing i would recommend would be an appointment with a children's specialist called a pedodontist to verify that indeed, what you see are the first molars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My eight year old has a fever and I have a two week old at home. What should we do to make sure baby stays healthy?
Call orthodontist: Any time you have a concern, you should contact your orthodontist. There are two reasons for this: 1 your child may have a problem that needs to be addressed 2 it will put you at ease, whatever the response from the orthodontist. Shen in doubt, call. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Depends: This is a hard question to answer. The answer is not based on the age, but rather the type of moles this patient has, the reason for removal, and the patient's overall prognosis/comorbidity. If this patient has 5 moles with atypical or concerning features, they should be removed and examined whether he is 74, or if he is 14. ...Read more
Yes: that's fine. Be sure it is something you truly want for the rest of your life. ...Read more
My 2 year old son has had two nose bleeds in a two hour period should I take him to get checked out?
See below: If the bleed stops in less than 20 minutes and if there is no repetitive manipulation of the area - no worries as nose bleeds are very common and the main causes are inflammation from viruses or allergies, dry air and trauma (nose picking). If not stopping, even with direct pressure, get seen. ...Read more
May not be normal.: Infants and toddlers can get 6-12 viruses yearly;if in daycare, double to triple that. If your child's diagnosed with bacterial sinusitis that often it's reasonable to look for underlying causes. As dr. Ferguson said, food allergies & exposure to irritants like smoke are common causes;respiratory allergies are a big cause, too. Serious causes are rare.Ask your child's doctor to evaluate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not normal: It is not normal for a child with asthma to get pneumonia each year. It is important to make sure his/her asthma is under good control. If he/she is being legitimately diagnosed with pneumonia every year (with chest x-ray), he may also need an immunologic evaluation to make sure his immune system functions properly. ...Read more
Pretty healthy kid: The average kid is expected to get 5-7 upper respiratory infections per year of varying intensity to the age of 5 when it drops to about 3-5. The above kid sounds pretty healthy. ...Read more
Not at all.: The average age of motherhood is about 26 years old. This age has been rising slowly while the birth rate has been declining over the last many years. Women are routinely giving birth beyond age 30 and the number of moms giving birth over age 45 is increasing. ...Read more
Cyst: It is important to see the lesion to provide appropriate recommendation. It could be cyst or even a dermoid. Please provide more information.Cysts that are not infected may resolve without treatment although they may re-occur. ...Read more
Yes: A flu shot is not a series of shots; each year is a separate and different vaccine. The flu vaccine for a particular year is only designed to protect against the 2-4 strains determined to be harmful for that year. The next year would likely be different strains and thus a different vaccine. Vaccination is important to prevent your flu and to prevent you from spreading the flu to others. ...Read more
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