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Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?

Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?

Ear infection causes: Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses. Noses are full of bacteria anyway. Saline rinses away a few bacteria; if the bottle is dirty, saline may add a few bacteria to the nose, but they won't often travel to the ear because the Eustachian tube is a tiny passage, esp in children. Droplets of water sprayed in nose are only in the nose a few minutes. Squeeze bottle irrigation CAN hurt ears. ...Read more

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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

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5 year old had cavity filled. Did not have to do pulpotomy, just put on a silver crown. Now his cheek is swelling. Should i be worried?

5 year old had cavity filled. Did not have to do pulpotomy, just put on a silver crown. Now his cheek is swelling. Should i be worried?

Recent work: If the work was done recently then he/she may have bit or chewed their cheek or trauma from the work. They have that tendency because they are not use to being numb. If the work was done a while ago and there is pain then you need to go back to the dentist and have it looked at. ...Read more

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Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but i guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but i guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Don't : Don't be dejected that your child has a cavity. Be proud that as a conscientious parent, you are able to provide your child with good dental health care! if the cavity is small, the procedure is similar as with adults - local anesthetic, remove decay, fill. Children, most often than not, do better than adults at the dentist's, when they are given gentle and great care. Good luck! :). ...Read more

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Dentist said the way my 2 1/5 year old daughters teeth are she is prone to cavaties. But her teeth checked out perfectly healthy and fine.Why is that?

Dentist said the way my 2 1/5 year old daughters teeth are she is prone to cavaties. But her teeth checked out perfectly healthy and fine.Why is that?

You should ask the: dentist why he/she said that. It is possible that the spacing of her teeth may lead to more accumulation of food, which could lead to more cavities, or he/she could be referring to a surface/enamel issue. ...Read more

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I have 3 cavities but in order for me to get them filled I need x rays. Is there any other option? I had way too much X-ray exposure this year.

I have 3 cavities but in order for me to get them filled I need x rays. Is there any other option? I had way too much X-ray exposure this year.

Not required: Generally, if decay has been diagnosed you do not require x-rays to restore the decay. The X-rays help to determine the extent of the decay (is it a filling or a root canal) and to identify hidden decay in that or adjacent teeth so that you do not need to come back and do additional fillings in the area that was just treated. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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