Cavities at an extremely young age?

Ashley - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Okay, my daughter is now 16 months old. Her first two teeth came in when she was 4 months old. Since she was about 10 months old, I've been brushing her teeth at least once, if not twice a day. I just discovered today that her top right lateral incisor is a cavity and that her top left lateral incisor, and both of her top central incisors on the back side are getting discolored. Since everyone was taking today as their 4th of July, dental offices weren't open. So I'm going to call around tomorrow and hope for the best. I've been doing a lot of research about it and I'm just more enraged about how I wasn't warned about this topic and it really makes me angry and makes me feel like I failed as a parent.

Has anyone else experienced this with their child/children and if so, what was done to "fix" it?

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Bonnie - posted on 07/11/2010

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Baby Center always comes in handy for me when I have questions about my toddler. Take a look: http://www.babycenter.com/204_cavities-i...

As for sharing spoons and what-not, I couldn't find any research to support that hypothesis. Everyone has bacteria in their mouths. You brushed the baby's teeth, you did what you could. The dentist will be able to point you in the right direction, though. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2010

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Babies will have more cavities when their parents share with them. Things like forks, spoons, glasses, straws, etc. Any bacteria you and your spouse have in your mouth gets transferred to your little one. Make sure you never share with your baby. And if you do want to share your food, make sure they have their own utensils. I don't think you have failed as a parent at all. There are a lot of things that can cause cavities at a young age. Also make sure that if you give your daughter anything gummy that you brush her teeth right away. The gumminess sticks to teeth for hours and eats away at them.

Judy - posted on 07/07/2010

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Please, dont make yourself feel guilty because this happened. You are not a failure. It happens more often then you think. Your child cut her teeth very early I think and that may led to the cavities. We dont know we arent dentists, we only do what we know to do and what the Pediatrician tells us to do and sometimes some teeth are more prone to get cavities for some reason or another. Until you talk to a dentist just do what you have been doing. Is your child complaining of any pain because of the cavities? I hope you find a dentist and find out what happened. Keep us posted OK. That way other mothers will know what to do. I have know very small children getting cavities before they even lose teeth, so you arent the only one. Plus if you were a failure, you wouldnt be taking your child to a dentist..Good Luck and hope everything will be OK

Lady - posted on 07/07/2010

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Does she drink a lot of fresh juice? The acid in fresh juice can cause tooth decay - try making sure she only has water or milk to drink.

Katherine - posted on 07/06/2010

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Some people/children are just more prone to cavaties. While I admit I'm shocked it's such a young age it sounds like you did everything to prevent it. I don't think you have failed as a parent at all.

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