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cavity in 4 y.o. ~what next, and what about fluoride??

My son is 4. I recently found a pretty darn-tootin' big cavity in one of his upper molars. He has never been to a dentist (realizing now that was a mistake). He couldn't get an appointment for another month.

I want to ask other parents whose young children have had cavities how their dentist treated it. I assume it needs drilling&filling to prevent it spreading. I read it can even spread to the adult teeth under the surface.
Do you have any advice for us? I guess DS will get as much laughing gas as needed or even be put to sleep if it's really deep. But I am fully uneducated about options and what is best for keeping him calm and pain-free. Please share any advice or experience

Plus: I know the dentist will recommend fluoride, which we have not used until now. I think we are going to start using a fluoride toothpaste because it looks like DS has inherited his papa's weak teeth. He eats very little sugar and has always brushed thoroughly 2-3x/day. I don't want him to end up with DH's dental history: one cavity after another starting in early childhood, leading to lots of huge dental procedures and surgeries. Ugh! But what about the tablets or fluoride treatments you get at the dentists? I feel he should probably have one now just to give a boost, but I am reluctant to have them regularly. We are in the EU and the water is (thankfully) not fluoridated.

TIA for any advice you can offer. This all makes me very nervous and unsure.

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