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Connecticut dentist stresses importance of fixing baby teeth cavities

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A Connecticut dentist is stressing the importance of take care of baby teeth cavities despite the recent death of a toddler in Texas.

A 14-month-old died girl after a trip to the dentist to have cavities filled. The story gained national attention and raised questions about when is too young to take a child in for such a procedure.

"When the EMS came, they told me to give her a kiss bye before putting her on ambulance," said Betty Squier, the child's mother.

Squier told a CBS affiliate that she and Elizandro Torres are reeling this week after what happened.

Their daughter Daisy went to get two cavities filled. They said the dentist told them the anesthesia was safe. However, the little girl went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"They're the professionals they guide us, we trust them," Torres said. "We don't know what else we could have done."

Comments poured in on the WFSB Facebook page of people wondering why a 14-month-old was even at the dentist. They wondered why baby teeth cavities would be filled if the teeth weren't permanent.

"We have to remember that below the baby teeth are permanent teeth down there," said New Britain pediatric dentist Dr. Eddie Rostenberg.

Rostenberg said those cavities should absolutely be treated.

"If the cavities get to the nerve its going to get infected," he explained. "When the nerve gets infected it could give you toothaches, you could get all swollen, and you could get inflammation to the point where you wouldn't be able to breathe."

The infection could also affect the root of the tooth and eventually the bone.

Rostenberg said he's concerned that the story in Texas will stop parents from taking their children to the dentist. He said it should have the opposite effect.

"This is what we're trying to prevent, if you can get the children as early as their first tooth or their first birthday, hopefully we don't have to start talking about putting somebody asleep or fixing cavities," he said.

Rostenberg said there are always risks when someone is put under for surgery. It's not required to treat cavities.

If they're caught before they get too big, they can be prevented and stopped with fluoride.

According to Rostenberg, the biggest culprit for early cavities are bottles of juice or other sweet drinks.

Officials in Texas said they have an autopsy scheduled for Daisy to determine exactly how she died.

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