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Cassandra M.'s Avatar Cassandra M. 03:06 AM 08-23-2007
Hi,


My son has some dark stains on his teeth. We took him to a dentist, who couldn't do xrays, but felt them with his pointer thingy and said they weren't sticky at all and were just stains. They are mostly in the grooves of his molars.

I am worried about them though and am looking for more opinions.


Thoughts? I will probably just take him for xrays somewhere else to be sure. :sigh

kaPOW!'s Avatar kaPOW! 03:29 AM 08-23-2007
Stains are pretty normal. If they got a good poking then I'd probably be content with that.
kaPOW!'s Avatar kaPOW! 03:30 AM 08-23-2007
Oh, for some reason I read that he'd had x-rays. How old is he again?
naturegirl7's Avatar naturegirl7 10:53 AM 08-23-2007
It is possible to have stains (I do, but never had a cavity). My dentist always took yearly Xrays, but relied upon the exam more - the poker thing will help determine if it is a cavity or not - if it is it will be soft or sticky, not bounce back off it.
Depending on his age, it may not be safe to get your son Xrays.
Maybe try another dentist for a second opinion if you feel the need, but I would not push for Xrays. There had to be a reason why yours would not do them.
Cassandra M.'s Avatar Cassandra M. 03:28 PM 08-23-2007
He's 4. We've had xrays before but not in the last year and not with this dentist.

He's had issues in the past and I guess it's why I'm so paranoid.

So dark stains on molars is pretty normal, especially if they are deep pitted? That makes me feel a little better.
kaPOW!'s Avatar kaPOW! 03:36 PM 08-23-2007
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Originally Posted by Cassandra M. View Post
He's 4. We've had xrays before but not in the last year and not with this dentist.

He's had issues in the past and I guess it's why I'm so paranoid.

So dark stains on molars is pretty normal, especially if they are deep pitted? That makes me feel a little better.
I know what you mean. ANY change at all puts me on edge. But stains in those pits are very common. The x-rays are really good for finding those cavities that are in between teeth and hard to spot, but generally speaking the ones on the biting surface are easier to find by poking around and visual inspection. I've got some stains right now that would blow your mind because I'm using a horrible horrible mouthwash to kill bacteria. Everytime I look in the mirror I can't help but speculate about what looks like tooons of decay. But, every time I go to the dentist they polish it all right off.
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