Why is the enamel coming off my son's teeth?

Katie - posted on 04/17/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have a really hard time getting him to drink milk at all.. he drinks mostly water or water with a little touch of apple juice. His teeth are not rotting - the enamel is just coming off in some places and it is causing discoloration. I brush his teeth a few times per day but nothing seems to help. Someone told me that it could have been caused by a stressful pregnancy/labor.. is this true? Or does anyone know what could be causing this? What should I do? Please any advise and/or opinions would really help!! Thanks! :)

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Michelle - posted on 03/19/2013

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My daughter's pediatric dentist told us that she had a condition that the enamel was just basically coming off. She is 10 years old and has never had a cavity and still the enamel is just falling off. We have her use toothpaste that contains an enamel presevation such as Pro Enamel. But still it continues to go away.

Kristy - posted on 04/27/2011

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Teeth experience more than just fluids, so it's not all about what he drinks... If he eats foods that are acidic (tomatoes, oranges etc) that may also be having an effect? If you can't get him to drink milk then try getting him to eat yoghurt or cheese or other foods with a good level of calcium.

I have had this problem with my own teeth, not so much that they have discoloured, but I have lost some of the enamel. My dentist has told me NOT to use a hard brush - go soft and go easy on them! You don't need to scrub hard and twice a day is enough. Maybe switch to using a damp cloth and a little paste (you don't want them swallowing it!) rather than brushing?

April - posted on 11/06/2012

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my sons dentist just told me he may have acid reflux and the acid is taking the enamel off his teeth hope it helps

G - posted on 03/27/2015

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My friend blends egg shells into his smoothie and he claims the high levels of essential minerals has reversed the process of tooth enamel coming off. It started to occur along his gum line. He says it has restored the lost enamel as well. so give it a try maybe. He also eats more vegetables now too.

Shalon - posted on 04/26/2011

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Depending on how old your son is and if he has graduated to drinkng in a small cup instead of a sippy cup or if he is still drinking from the bottle especially during the time his teeth are developing. The bottle will cause in the decay of your babys teeth especially if they drink to much juice that isn't 100% juice or kool aid. It could also be from not drinking enough milk, however, his dietary dairy intake can be substituted in many ways. No matter what someone may suggest. The best thing to do is take him to a doctor (dentist or pedi).

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Diana - posted on 02/02/2016

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Katie did you figure out what was going on with your sons teeth? My daughter is going through the same thing.

Heather - posted on 05/04/2011

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Check with a dentist. Sometimes this is genetic. My cousin had this when she was young.

Melissa - posted on 05/02/2011

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I read somewhere that giving an infant formula made with tap water containing fluoride causes tooth decay even before the teeth emerge.

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2011

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Its the fluoride. I took my 18 month in to the dentist for this reason and they told me It was caused from the fluoride in the toothpaste ( I had him using a toothpaste for children as oppose the infant toothpaste).

Mabel - posted on 04/25/2011

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They have shown that fluoride is poisonous and should NOT be given to kids because they can swallow it.GO to a dentist before giving fluoride.

Jo - posted on 04/25/2011

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Take him to the dentist or to the dental nurse at your local school. I'm not sure where you are but here in NZ children are enrolled at about 5 months and seen by a dental nurse shortly after. Good luck! :)

Erin - posted on 04/25/2011

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We should brush our babies teeth with flouride tooth paste because in some places in the world espeically where I am living we don't have flouride in or water so my plunket nurse said to give them toothpaste with flouride in it...its stop decaying... but go to the dentist and find out more.

Erin - posted on 04/25/2011

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My advise would to take him to a dentist and talk to him about it... he maybe lacking in something calcum... but if he dose not like milk... maybe give him more cheese or youghurt or other things with calcum in it... but I would just take him to the dentist...

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2011

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You may have to get your pediatrician to refer him to a dentist. Our ped was concerned that our 18 mth old (15 months at the time) hadn't cut one of her front teeth yet, so she wanted an xray to make sure it was just late coming through. She said most dentists wouldn't see us before 2 without a pediatrician's referral, though, so she referred us to a pediatric dentist and setup the appointment for us.

Katie - posted on 04/23/2011

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He had surgery last December and that's when his teeth started to get that way. He doesn't chew on anything I'm thinking that its because also when he had surgery, he just stopped eating a lot of things.. I can barely get him to eat. Maybe it's just a stage (as Ive been told) BUT its an awfully long stage!! .. I was also told that you should not brush a baby's teeth with any toothpaste that has fluoride in it.. I know that there are toothpastes out there that are used to harden enamel but they have fluoride in them as well. So yes I will have to take him to the dentist! The hard part is trying to find one that will take him at his age.. so far the ones that I've called only take them at 2 years or if they have all their teeth!!.. Anyhow, thanks for the suggestions/advise everyone!!

Louise - posted on 04/20/2011

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Just make sure you clean his teeth with a high flouride content this will help any more discolouration. Also teeth get discoloured from bruising. Does he chew on things that are very hard like plastic teethers and such. My son damaged his teeth in the playground on a sprung horse that hit him in the mouth. Both his front teeth went brown as the nerve had been hit. This did not affect his adult teeth at all. If you are still concerned speak to a dentist and see what they suggest.

Peita - posted on 04/20/2011

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Was your boy sick before he got his teeth?? My Niece has no enamal on her teeth at all, she had chicken pox when she was 5 months old and the dentist said that the really high temperatures she was running when she had the chicken pox and no teeth caused the lack of enamel...
My neice just has to make sure that she brushes her teeth at twice a day with a special toothpaste and they have said that this condition should only affect her baby teeth, adult teeth should come in fine!! I hope this helps you a little, I can only tell you what I have been told, maybe a trip to the dentist would be more of a help...

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