So my 5 year old son went for his twice a year checkup at the dentist the other
day, and they did x-rays for the first time. To my great horror, they
showed 3 cavities. One was worse than the others. Obviously, I feel
like a horrible, horrible mother. I thought we were doing a good job
with brushing and flossing, but I guess not.
I've really tried to
limit juice and sweet drinks and whatnot as well. Oh well. At least I
know that what we're doing isn't working and we have to change things up
Anyway my question is, has your child had fillings? We
love our pediatric dentist and she's been great so far. She says she
tends to do fillings for little kids with nitrous oxide only because the
novacaine injections and numbness freak them out and upset them, and
that many kids can get by with just the gas. Obviously I'm pretty
nervous about this approach. She says she'll use his reaction as a
gauge, and give him novacaine if he needs it. I worry that by then
he'll already be in pain.
Yesterday we went for his
well-child visit and the pediatrician was NOT in favor of this plan.
She thought it was unnecessary to fill baby teeth when they're going to
fall out anyway. And that doing a procedure without pain meds was
cruel... "Would you undergo a dental procedure without novacaine?"
She's afraid it will lead to dental phobia.
I've been researching
online and there's a lot of stuff that says you SHOULD fill these
teeth, but a lot of the sources are from the Pediatric Dental
Association and other parties that may have a bit of bias.
BTW, these aren't back back molars... these are the first molars on the bottom that are next to the four front teeth.
Would love to hear anyone's input!