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#1 of 5 Old 11-25-2003, 11:12 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm sorry if this is a bit of a dumb question, but I really am curious. What are the potential risks of having an untreated cavity in a child?

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this is a good thread for info in the archives
'why have dental work done?'

Good luck to you!

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in short, a cavity is a "house for germs" (lol can you tell i've talked it over with my toddler), which keeps growing if left untreated. eventually, the bacteria move into the central part of the tooth (pulp), where the nerve houses. from there, it's a highway to the rest of the body. this means that an untreated cavity can result in major infections, first within the gums and jaw area where it can affect the permanent teeth in waiting, and then other areas of the head potentially including the brain. hth
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Lets not forget what it can do to a kids diet.

My neice had bottle rott and could not eat anything crunch like apples, even cut up. It hurt too much.
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ask my DH. His parents didnt have money for silly little cavities. 2K later and MANY removed teeth is his teeth are about 3k from perfect. If only his parents got thoses little cavities fixed.
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