Oral Health

Posted by: VS | 2009/03/03


tooth decay - 18month old

My 18month old seems to have what looks like a tooth decay - it' s a black mark above the gum on one of her lower incisors. When I made an appointment with her peaditrician, I had a booking 4 weeks from the appointment date. Now, 2 weeks later, the black line seems to be spreading to the next tooth and I' m very worried.

My dentist said she' s too young for him to attend to.

What can I do in the time being to minimise the spread? Brushing her teeth is still a struggle because of her fussiness/playfulness. I' m also worried about potential pain my baby might experience.

Also, what would be the best option to fix the decay.

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

i think you need to find another dentist who will be able to attend to your child.
If there is decay on the teeth it needs to be treated- 18 month old children are usually put to sleep and all necessay work done thereafter.
The best option to fix the decay is to restore (fill), the teeth

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