Flouride treatment under 2?

Brenda - posted on 01/21/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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So with all the press about reducing flouride in our diets/water, I'm hesitant to follow the dentist's instructions. He wants me to apply a flouride treatment to Nick's teeth once a day, which he'll of course swallow since he can't spit it back out after the required time. (He also basically told me that cosleeping and breastfeeding caused the decay, and annoyingly, so did the people at the WIC office who referred to cosleeping like it was something taboo).

What do you guys think?

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Wendy - posted on 10/18/2011

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use your own wisdom and don't let your child be a stat if he swallows that stuff he will die Floride destroys our teeth it doesnt help please do your home work and dont listen to this guy !!

Minnie - posted on 01/22/2011

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Heredity is a big factor as well, you're right Brenda. Front tooth decay has a lot to do with midline defects that arise during gestation.

And many families pass around a particularly virile strain of streptococcous mutans- through kissing, sharing food and utensils, etc.- and that strain is so hard to treat- and it just leads to cavity after cavity. For people with that particular strain there's nothing much they can do to prevent it.

So, fluoride treatment is something that parents need to be very informed about, with it being a known poison. For some it's a risk they're willing to take because they feel it will help, others choose not to take the risk.

Brenda - posted on 01/22/2011

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Oh, and I'll add my mom had dentures by 40, my grandpa had no teeth for as long as I knew him, and at 30, I don't think there's a tooth in my head that doesn't have a filling, and I've done everything in the world and nothing helps it.

Brenda - posted on 01/22/2011

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See, and it is pure heredity, too. I had my first mouth surgery at 3 years of age where every tooth I had was crowned, pulled, or filled. In doing the reading on the Strep mutinas (sp) stuff I'm very sure that both Nick and I have the more virulent strain, while my husband and son are lucky. Nathan, at 5, has perfect teeth according to the dentist. I am lucky to get him to brush his teeth once a week, let alone twice a day, and he's been that way forever. And he went to bed with a bottle until he was two. I tried to make it water, but some nights, it wasn't worth the fight and he got milk. But with all the "no nos" he had (plus his grandma loved the sweets to give to her grandbaby), he has my husband's teeth (who has had one cavity in 31 years, between a wisdom tooth and a molar, and only brushes once a day,and never flosses, and doesn't brush on days off at all...)

So I know there is heredity more than anything, and it is so annoying when people spout the stuff that is wrong. *sigh* Makes me want to anonymously drop off the information from the LLL on the subject...

What he has is a little spot of decay at the top front of his second teeth. And my thinking, how can anyone thing nursing could cause that? I mean, seriously, lets be real here, on the FRONT of the teeth, and the fact the breast doesn't drip milk. Jeeze. Not looking forward to the next visit with the old codger.

Katherine - posted on 01/21/2011

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Our pediatric dentist recommended rubbing on a bit of flouride treatment on with a Q-tip. After $1200 in crown and filling work, I'm willing to try it, especially if it avoids me having to have him sedated again...

Minnie - posted on 01/21/2011

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We don't do fluoride treatments and don't use fluoride toothpaste either.



http://drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/gener...



http://drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/gener...



From the second article:



Swallowing too many fluoride pills killed children. (10) Another child died after swallowing instead of expectorating his dentist’s fluoride treatment. The dentist didn’t think it was toxic. (11) People have become sickened and died because water engineers or machinery malfunction injected excess fluoride into water supplies. (12)



Ugh. Night time nursing does NOT cause tooth decay, I'm sure you know that. But so frustrating to hear from medical professionals. Human milk contains lactoferrin, which prevents bacteria from utilizing iron, lysozyme, which destroys bacteria and mucins, which bind bacteria.



Fluoride itself commonly causes tooth decay. Poor oral health during the day coupled with a diet that leads to it- sticky sugary foods, for example, are what lead to tooth decay.

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