15 months old son with cavities??

Chasity Faith - posted on 02/28/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old and i just discovered "holes" in his top front teeth i have done some research and set up a dentist appointment for next week. In my research i have read about the lip tie that can cause this and many other things im nervous about the dentist but want to go in sure in myself i still breastfeed and WILL NOT stop and in my research i see most dentist blame it on that and tell them to stop i refuse to believe that the oh so powerful and nutritional breastfeeding is causing my sons cavities I am not a horrible mother he doesnt drink hardly any juice or eat much sugar and when he does i make sure to brush his teeth to the best of my ability he fights it bad but i hold him down and do it anyways now granted i didnt brush as much earlier but he didnt eat anything to harm his teeth im at a loss PLEASE SOMEONE HELP i need information i will not be walked on by my dentist i will walk out and find another one

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Dove - posted on 02/28/2013

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I don't believe breastfeeding causes cavities and I wouldn't wean because of cavities.

Granted, my kid that breastfed for 3 years has had 5 cavities and the other two that weaned shortly after a year have never had one (and are done losing baby teeth now), but two of the cavities from my youngest occurred after we weaned. He was 3 at his first dental check up though, so sat still and did great while getting his teeth taken care of.

Did they ASK if he's still breastfed.... or did you mention it?

I don't really see any way they could fill the holes while he is so young withOUT putting him under. I wouldn't want that either, but he needs these teeth for several more years still...... and you need to make sure it gets taken care of asap.

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Chasity Faith - posted on 02/28/2013

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they told me that i needed to quit putting him to sleep with a bottle and get him on a sippy cup and i said he dont take a bottle he still breastfeeds.... i have read about children being so young and putting something on the teeth to prevent further decaying until he was old enough to fix them hoping he will offer something like that....we are going to dentist tuesday so just praying things will go smooth

Chasity Faith - posted on 02/28/2013

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i do brush his teeth before bedtime and he does not drink juice or eat sweets i mean i have given him a few sweets but brushed his teeth right afterwords and he cant eat apples or whole fruit yet i do have my mind made up about breastfeeding but not medical advise they told me when i called that i was going to have to cut out his breastfeeding thats why im upset and saying im not going to quit feeding him because like i said i do have my mind made up on that i think there is a real reason he is getting cavities and its not from my breastfeeding i will listen to any medical advise they have to give but im not up for putting my 15 month old son under to fill his little holes in his teeth i believe there is another way just wanting to see if anyone has went through this themselves and if so if i could get some advise about what they did

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2013

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Well, are you brushing his teeth before bedtime??? That is a big one. Also, water the juice down, or don't offer any at all, and avoid sweets as a whole. Have him eat an apple between meals, that really can help get the tartar off of their teeth.

If the Dentist gives you information about how to deal with the teeth, and what you can be doing differently that is one thing. Don't let your pre conceived notions of how he or she will react to you still bfing let you not see what they are really saying. Sounds to me like you are going in with your mind made up about a dentists perspective before even hearing what they have to say. Kind of like you are preparing to tell them off about your choice to bf. If you are that concerned about it, then don't tell them. I don't agree with lying, but it sounds to me like you will not listen to sound medical advice if they do not have the same views as you. You can always call around to dental offices and ask the receptionist if the dentist is against extended bfing. If they are, don't go there.

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