Tooth decay...

Dora - posted on 11/05/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My two year old has tooth decay on his front four teeth. I am scared and feel less of a mom because of it. He never slept with a bottle and I brush them regularly! What do I do and has anyone been through this? If so...PLEASE ADVICE ME!! Thanks a lot! :-)..

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Courtney - posted on 11/11/2010

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My 3 year old son has the same problems. We have been haveing to take him to the dentist since he was a year due to breaking and chipping front teeth. He has two crowns and numerous fillings etc. The Dr told be that its simply gentetic, he doesn't have enamel on his front teeth and they therfore take a lot more attention to proper brushing and eating habits. Its very important that you try to keep the teeth he said because premature lose of baby teeth casuses their adult teeth horrible alinement problems! Hope this helped, glad I'm not the only one dealing with all this!!

Christy - posted on 11/10/2010

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Yea, nutrition is important. However, genetics play a larger role in tooth decay. Any underlying health issues do as well. It is hard to give advice pertaining to nutrition when my kids literally graze all day (they hardly eat, they are 2 and 3). I give them watered down juice b/c they won't drink water, even if that's all I offer (they have dehydrated themselves refusing water). I pick my battles. I would prefer that they eat and gain weight, and unfortunately put their teeth secondary. I brush both of their teeth for them twice a day, then allow them to brush on their own after I am done helping them.

I have 12 fillings and 2 crowns, thanks to juvenile diabetes. Nutrition wasn't the issue for me because I wasn't allowed anything with sugar growing up! I ate healthy a nutritional foods, too. Everyone is different and you have to do what you have to do for your kid. You can probably get his teeth capped until he loses them and the permanent ones come in. That is better than letting the decay sit there, because it can certainly affect his gums.

Heather - posted on 11/05/2010

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My son also had a little decay and he also never had a bottle (breastfed) only brought water to bed, never drank juice or sugary drinks, only drank water and breastmilk, never ate candy or sweets, just fruits, veggies, dairy and sometimes crackers and hummus for snacks) I brought him to an awsome pediatric dentist adn he filled them in (no sedative or drill or trama, it was a while enamal he painted on that did not hurt at all), he said that the dentene on some kids teeth is softer then on other kids teeth and sometimes it just happens. They said to help avoid it no sippy cups except with water, nothing other then water to drink except at the table at a meal, don't let kid graze all day even if it is fruit that keeps sugar on their teeeth, get an electric toothbrush for them...also if your kiddo is sensative to weak dentene then stay away from juice and sweets espcially things like lollipops that take awhile to eat and are very sugary.. Good luck :o) Hang in there

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Angela - posted on 04/04/2011

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Actually, Melinda is right. Nutrition IS the most important factor in dental health. And it's not just about avoiding sugar, although that's important. Most people know it's critical to get lots of calcium, but vitamin D, and Vitamin K2 are also very important for strong teeth and bones, and it's known that most Americans are actually deficient in vitamin D. A lack of any of these nutrients during pregnancy can cause poor development of the teeth and jaws that starts before birth-and is often therefore assumed to be genetic. Actually, there is no scientific basis for the idea that poor enamel formation, tooth decay, or crowded/crooked teeth are genetic. Genetics are a convenient scapegoat for doctors who don't want to admit that they really don't know the cause. The problem is that if people believe something is genetic, they also believe you can't do anything about it. That's sad, because in this case you can.
It's very possible (and quite common) to have a deficiency of vitamin D, K2, or even calcium even if you avoid junk food, and carefully follow what you're told is a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few examples of "expert" advice that can actually cause problems.
"Always wear sunscreen" actually sunscreen does not block the rays that are most linked to skin cancer, but it does block the rays that stimulate your skin to produce vitamin D.
"Eat lots of whole grains." While whole grains certainly have more nutrition in them than white, they do have other problems. Whole grains contain phytates, which are anti-nutrients that bind to minerals (calcium, magnesium, etc.) in the digestive system and prevent them from being absorbed by the body.
"Choose low-fat" Actually, Vitamins A,D,E, and K are only or mostly found in fats, and cannot be absorbed or used without fat.
Other factors that may be involved include where you live, and even skin tone, sun-derived Vit. D is not available in northern areas in winter. It can also be blocked or reduced by smog and pollution or by melanin in the skin.
If my child, or I, had tooth decay, I would make sure to give them lots of milk, cheese, (aged cheese is an excellent source of K2 as well as calcium.) butter, eggs, and fish. I would reduce, or even eliminate grains, at least temporarily. And of course be extra careful of sugar, even fruit. I would probably supplement as well, especially if your child can't/won't eat the above foods. The site mentioned in the post above offers supplements that look good. High vitamin cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil are also excellent. (more info: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oi... )
More info on:
Vitamin D- http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutr...
Vitamin K2- http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutr...
Minerals- http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutr...
You really CAN heal and strengthen your child's teeth. Even if the dentist says it's genetic and you can't do anything about it! Sorry for such a long post, but I feel the information is important for moms to have. Feel free to message me if you have questions.

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2010

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My 4 year old just had to have all his back teeth capped and one pulled as well as the front 2 bonded . I brush his teeth never gave a bed bottle and other words took really good care of his teeth as my sons dentist told me some children just have weaker teeth, does you son have any health problems as mine has asthma , reflux and had open heart surgery which dentist could have lead to him having weaker teeth then normal. also if you or his father have any cavities by putting his fingers in your mouths you could have spread those germs to his mouth . I got all of this info right after my sons big dental surgery as an out patient at the hospital from his dentist.

Trisha - posted on 11/10/2010

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Sometimes there is just not enough enamel on your teeth so when introduced to juices that can eat them away it can start to cause issues. My brother and sister both had the same issue they devleoped this problem with their first baby teeth however their adult teeth are fine. Be sure that your child is not sneaking a drink of juice or something sugary before bed and use a soft tooth brush to clean, some toothpastes can also eat away at your enamel, be sure to take them to a dentist to be sure that it does not run deeper than the surface. You are not a bad mom, just one who has been stuck in an unusual place. Keep up the healthy brushing and healthy habits.

Heather - posted on 11/09/2010

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I totally agree with the piece about nutrition being so important. Our family are vegitarians, we eat mostly organic, all natural, locally grown foods. We eat lots of fruits and veggies usually fresh and raw but my oldest has had a few small cavities dispite good brushing, no sugary drinks including juice, no sugarly snacks except fresh fruit, etc. I began doing alot of research and started our family on Juice Plus to bridge the gap between what they need and what they get. I have been so impressed with it that i decided to become a distributer to help other families learn more about nutrition and health. Juice Plus also does a childrens study where kids can get if free with an adult sponser for 3 years which is fantastic. There is more science backing up this product then anything else like it on the market. If you want to know more about that you can check out my website www.hhopkinsjuiceplus.com but if it is not something you want for you family at least make sure they are getting lots of fruits and veggies everyday (7-13 is what is recommended) After all those fruits adn veggies fight disease, keep us healthy, keep our immune system up, keep our metabolism up, and keep our bodys working the way they should :o) Nutrition is soooo important!

Kimberly - posted on 11/08/2010

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I would go to a dentist. I thought my son's teeth were rotting out of his head (a slight exaggeration, but I felt like a horrible mom) and brought him in and the dentist said his teeth were perfect lol. After they were cleaned you couldn't see any signs of decay they were just stains. Apparently some kids' teeth stain easier and he also said that it may have to do with him eating so much fruit but not to stop it because the benefits definately outweighed the staining.

Melinda - posted on 11/08/2010

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Dentists seem to underestimate the connection between nutrition and tooth decay. Research has shown that extremely common nutritional deficiencies are often to blame for cavities in children. Correcting them through diet or supplements can help within a few months. A great resource on all things dental is www.thedentalessentials.com Be sure to folllow the link to the blog as well, it details some really interesting research into this topic.
And, lastly, don't feel 'less of a mom', you're doing a great job, hang in there.

Jacquelyn - posted on 11/05/2010

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Actually you should bring him to the dentist they will do something for them becuase you don't want that decay sitting in his mouth - dental problems are partially hereditary so that may be the cause - don't fret just get him into the dr so he won't be in pain and the decay won't spread :)

Dora - posted on 11/05/2010

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Wow!! I wouldn't mind if that happens. I don't think he's in any pain. I just heard that if they stay in then his permanant teeth will come in bad...THAT"S SCARY!!

Laveda - posted on 11/05/2010

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im going thruogh that now with my 3 year old took him to the dentist all they gone say is its ok there just baby teeth they will fall out and grow new ones sad as it may be but thats what he told me

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