nursing caries

Sandra - posted on 12/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone,
My daughter in now 11 months old. We always co-sleep and of course she is still nursing at night. I was wondering if anyone has problems with their baby's teeth. I see some brown staining on her teeth mostly on front and on the back. My husband asked if it can be from nursing her and comparing it to babies that get cavities when the bottle is left in their mouth at night time. After he asked me that i got nervous and we are going to a dental appt. tomorrow. If this is true i will feel so bad and guilty. Thanks!

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I agree with Jodi and don't be discouraged if the dentist blames breastfeeding. It's always the first thing blamed. Dental carries are more genetic than anything. Sharing slobbery kisses, utensils, drinks, etc. can pass your bacteria (or whoever) to her. Brush often and do see the dentist. The link Jodi provided has great info.

Jodi - posted on 12/08/2010

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Breastfeeding does not cause the same problems as bottle rot! First off, the nipple is generally far back in the mouth and behind the teeth, the milk goes straight down the throat for any that may leak out while co-sleeping/nursing so that the milk doesn't have the same tendancy to pool around the molars and sit on the teeth all night as is oftentimes the case with the bottle. Secondly, breastmilk has natural cavity/bacteria fighting properties to it to help decrease the chances of cavities in young children.
Here's a link to Kellymom.com discussing this very matter. Rest assured, you have nothing to feel guilty about! I would still get your LO to a dentist though, she might have weak enamel or some other dental problem unrelated to breastfeeding.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/to...

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Sandra - posted on 12/08/2010

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Well i did visit the dentist. They polished my daughter's teeth and the discoloration came off. There is still some slight staining but he said she might have decalcification. (weak enamel) He also said since i am co-sleeping just make sure to brush teeth at bedtime and first thing in morning. Oh my, I am so relieved...She had pearly whites underneath. He also said if i did not get the staining cleaned off, by the time she was 1 1/2 to 2 years she would have had decay. Her first bottom teeth came in at 4 months and she now has14 teeth. Thank you ladies for the info....I was kinda wondering about the breast milk and caries..I didn't think so either. I started looking at pictures on the internet and got scared.

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