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Baby teeth cavities

My daughter is under orthodontic treatment, I saw two visible cavities in her teeth and asked orthodontist to recommend a good children's doctor to treat her teeth, clean them and so...

We came to that doctor, he barely looked into my daughter mouth and told my daughter has cavities in every tooth...I did not believe him and left...

Today orthodontist told that in order to put the device in my daughter mouth she needs two teeth fixed. That she won't put the device until the cavities, even though small will be fixed.

I don't know what to do...these cavities do not bother my daughter now, I afraid of unnecessary intervention, x-rays and so...On the other hand I feel bad mom who do not treat her daughter's mouth right.

What would you do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:39 PM on Jul. 2, 2013 in Kids' Health

Answers (18)
  • You have to treat the cavities. I was scared when my son had to have laughing gas to fix his, but I would never forgive myself if his permanent teeth suffered due to my worry. X-rays are not unnecessary in dental care...most times it is the only way they can see small cavities. Find a dentist, get her treated. As far as the ortho, my childs dentist is trying to get me to put braces on her at the age of 9. I flat out said to her "so you want me to pay for braces now, then pay for them again when the rest of her teeth come in?" She said yes. I asked her if having them now would prevent the others from coming in in the wrong position, she said no. We are waiting on braces based only on the fact that she is young, but close to losing the others and her one tooth that is a little cricked is not too bad. Treat the cavities.

    Answer by khedy at 10:59 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • As a former dental assistant here is what I would do if it were my child - I would find a new general dentist or a pediatric dentist and have an initial exam appointment (exam, xrays) and consult with the DDS on what the orthodontist's findings were. If I felt comfortable and trusted that DDS then I would go ahead and schedule whatever appointments are needed to get my child's teeth healthy and to continue on with the ortho tx. Baby teeth ARE important and if they have decay they should be treated and filled!

    Answer by MizLee at 11:45 AM on Jul. 3, 2013

  • Get a second and third opinion if needed

    Answer by silverthreads at 7:32 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • So, go get a second opinion and then treat. You never did say what the Ortho was doing...?

    Answer by But_Mommie at 6:15 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • OK, then why not try a New Dentist? Why does she need teeth straightened if she doesn't have all her adult teeth in already? Have teeth already fallen out due to tooth decay? Brush her teeth yourself every night.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 5:50 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • The fear started when I read two yelp reviews on the pediatric dentist I was referred by orthodontist. It said he does unnecessary work on baby teeth. After he said that every tooth has a decay it only confirmed my fears... The orthodontist straightens permanent teeth... My daughter doesn't brush well and I am literally having panic attack right now because I am so torn out...orthodontist did not think she have cavities in every tooth...

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 5:47 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • You can see for yourself on an x-ray where there is a cavity. Ask them to look yourself. They appear as white/grey spots. Go to another Dentist that someone else recommends then. Why is she seeing an Orthodontist?

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 5:46 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • Fix her damn teeth.
    Do you want a kid who grows up and is afraid to smile?

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 5:44 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • One side of me tells that I should treat the cavities because of the reasons above. The other side of me tells that I was subject for unnecessary treatment for profit only and I do not want my daughter be part of it. I live above 7 years with tooth whose treatment was Absolutely required and would cost me aver thousand dollars. Baby teeth eventually do fall out by themselves. I feel so confused and so idiot...

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 5:39 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • How old is she and why is an ortho straightening baby teeth. ? Maybe there is new thought but last I heard this was for permanent teeth. That said cavities in baby teeth will affect the permanent teeth that they rest on and you are setting her up for serious dental work if they are not fixed./
    Before you go with orthodontics you might want to be sure she will actially clean her teeth because if she doesn't anywere those braces rest will collect all that is needed for huge cavities and you money will go down the dentists drain.

    Answer by Dardenella at 5:38 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

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