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2 year old child, black spot on roof of mouth, crust around teeth, fever, no injury. Treatment?

My granddaughter, 2yrs old, has a black spot on roof of her mouth. There is also black by her upper teeth and it appears that her teeth are separating from the gums. There is crusty stuff around the tooth . This was not there yesterday. She began running a fever last night and has eaten very little in the past 24hrs. To our knowledge she hasn t fallen or hit her mouth in any way.
Sat, 20 Oct 2012
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Thanks for your query.

Is your granddaughter a mouth breather?

If your granddaughter is running fever and has not eaten very little then it has to be ensured that she takes a lot of liquids. Occasionally because of less fluid intake during fever tartar can collect aroung the teeth. It is very difficult to explain the black spot in the roof of the mouth and the upper teeth.

I suggest that you ensure that the child brushes her teeth and observe if the black spot(s) have disappeared. In case they persist then it is better to consult a doctor.

Wishing your granddaughter an early recovery.


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