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No clear best option for childhood fillings to preserve dental health
Updated: 4/29/2009 1:00:26 PM

No clear best option for childhood fillings to preserve dental health There are so few useful studies on the topic of what type of filling to use to repair childhood cavities, that there isn't enough evidence to recommend which filling material to use, according to a new review of the available science.

"This lack of useful evidence from a consumer point of view means that we cannot make any recommendations about which filling material was best to use to achieve a particular outcome," said Veerasamy Yengopal, an dental health expert at South Africa's University of Witswatersrand and leader of the review.

None of the studies in the review compared the usefulness of fillings to pulling the teeth or "watchful waiting" of the cavities, but Joel Berg, D.D.S., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends treating cavities in baby teeth.

Because a child's cavities can go beyond the tooth to infect the gums and face, Berg said, families should pay attention to dental care for their child. "Treating a caries lesion can get rid of the disease before it can progress and become dangerous over time."

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their initial dental checkup by their first birthday.

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