Cavities in very young children have become extremely common. So it's good to realize you are not alone and your pediatric dentist likely deals with this scenario daily as many parents wonder the same question. When a young child has a small cavity, it can certainly be “contained” or you can delay the dental treatment, while larger cavities often can’t be.
It's often a good idea to let your dental professional make a custom plan for your child, but here are some things you may want to ask them about:
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At the end of the day, we want you, to make an informed decision whether you should delay treatment for your child’s cavity, by discussing different options with your pediatric dentist! When your pediatric dentist lets you know that your child has a cavity, you can ask for details about the extent of the decay, and if there are different options that your pediatric dentist can recommend for delaying treatment. For example: by monitoring the cavity, applying Silver Diamine Fluoride, or placing a sealant over your kids cavity.
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