My 3 year old has the worst teeth. She is always getting cavities no matter how many times we brush. I'm getting frustrated because we don't give her candy and anytime we give juice we water it down. She even had to have her two front teeth pulled! Does anyone know what might be causing this. I asked her pediatrician and he told me that it is probably genetic but I just don't see how this is normal.


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Alexandria - posted on 10/10/2012




Hey guys thanks for your responses! She never had any large doses of antibiotics as baby and her dad and his family have never had any problems with their teeth. In fact most of them have never had any cavities and all of them have perfectly straight teeth even without braces! My family does tend to get cavities but never anything this severe. I've talked to both the pediatric dentist and the pediatrician and they both say genetics but could it possibly be something else?

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Did your little one have any large doses of anti biotic as a baby? I have read that sometimes this can cause the teeth to develop with weak enamel. This can in turn cause a child to be more prone to tooth decay even with good hygiene.

Amy - posted on 10/10/2012




I have a 6 year old and a 2 1/2 year old, they both have had the same foods, hygiene habits we've done nothing different with my youngest than we did with my oldest except she started going to the dentist earlier than him and she's had 0 cavities, whereas he has one EVERY time he goes to the dentist. He hasn't had teeth pulled but he not matter how much we brush or floss he has one, it's genetics his father has horrible teeth.

Rebekah - posted on 10/10/2012




I would think if she's had teeth pulled, you've taken her to a pediatric dentist, but that would probably be the best person who could give you some insights on what causes this or what's within the range of normal. They could also make suggestions about flouride treatments, or whatever else might help.

I'd agree...I think genetics has a lot to do with that, if all the other hygiene habits are good.

Firebird - posted on 10/10/2012




It probably is genetic. Ask around between your family and your daughter's dad's family. You'll likely find a few people who have unusual problems with their teeth.

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