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A dentist went online to warn parents after he removed 20 infected milk teeth from the mouth of a four year old in Phuket.
Although he said he was not apportioning blame to anyone he commented that the mother had left the child at a nursery.
Dr “Ken” – Sathiian Ken Suravisankul on Facebook – said that the child was given 14 injections and 18 stitches.
The operation needed a general as well as a local anesthetic with the help of staff from Patong Hospital.
It was felt that it was better to do all the work in one go rather than prolong the trauma for the child over weeks.
The drastic action was necessary as the teeth were infected deep into the mouth to the nerves. Waiting until the milk teeth fell out naturally was not an option as those teeth waiting to come through underneath could also be infected.
The post caused much discussion online about caring for young children’s teeth.
Daily News said that the health authorities blame poor diet and poor oral hygiene for cavities and infection in the teeth of young children.
They advise good diet and proper brushing of teeth from the moment that teeth appear – not waiting until adult teeth are in the mouth.