Dirty teeth anyone?

Christina - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've been having an issue with my son's bottom teeth. He is 1 year and 5 months. We (husband, grandma' and myself) brush his teeth at least 2 times a day but for some reason his bottom teeth get soooo dirty and you can't see it a lot but when you get up close you can see the built up tar around every single one of them. We have a soft brush and training tooth paste. I've tried adult tooth paste a couple of times but he doesn't like it. I think the cool feeling it's weird for him. We've tried an adult, harder brush too but nothing works!!! It's the four front ones! I don't know what else to do. If I take him to a dentist he won't stay still. Is anyone else having this problem? Has anyone heard of babies creating more tar than normal. Should I worry? I know these are his baby teeth and they'll fall off but i still don't want people to think I never brush his teeth.

By the way, we brush them so much that now he hates it and we have to force it on him!

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Here's some advise I found online for a woman having a similiar problem with her daughter...hope this helps!

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Please help me! My daughter is 19 months old and has been having an on-going problem with her teeth. I brush her teeth twice a day every day. However, she gets a yellowish-orangish build-up on all of her teeth. I took her for her second pediatric dentist visit to seek advice to fix the problem and was again given no answers. They were surprised at how much build-up she had and recommended she come in every 6 months instead of once a year. She just had her teeth cleaned at there three days ago and is starting to get the build-up already, but this time on her back teeth first. They cleaned her teeth and put a little flouride on them. She gets a flouride supplement since we have well water at our home. But they did not offer any solutions on how to keep the problem from occuring. I have resorted to using a small bit of baking soda to brush her teeth about once every week or two. That helps tremendously in removing the build-up. The dentist said this was okay to do as long as the baking soda does not contain flouride (it doesn't) and as long as I only do occasionally. She just started letting me use an electric toothbrush, which makes my job easier, this week. She hates having her teeth brushed but I still do it faithfully twice a day. I am so afraid she will end up with cavities this young. Have you seen this problem before? Am I doing something wrong? Is there anything that can be done to help her keep her teeth healthy? Any advice would be so appreciated, I don't know where to turn next. Thank you.

ANSWER from DR Myerson (child dentist): The buildup on the teeth probably comes from something in her diet, the water, or perhaps a medication or daily vitamin. You're doing just fine with the oral hygiene. Decay is prevented by daily thorough removal of plaque from the teeth. The stain that you're seeing will probably not result in decay so long as you persist with your oral hygiene efforts.

Once you've eliminated medication and vitamin suppliments as a possible cause of the staining, I would suggest you use only bottled water for her food preparation and drinks to see if your water is the source of the problem. That could be a bit of a challenge, but you should be able to make a determination about the water in one month. Other than that I really can't offer much additional advise.

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Christina - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting Gina:

Is your child still going to bed with a bottle or sippy cup? Often if the child falls asleep with a bottle in his/her mouth bacteria build up can start and cause decay. Also, try to have your child drink water between meals and keep the sugar away.


I took the bottle away from him before he was a year old and he only drinks from sippy cups. He NEVER EVER is allowed to go to bed with a cup or falls asleep with it in his mouth. In fact, when we give him juice I never give it to him straight. I do 3 quarters water 1 quarter juice. So he doesn't drink that much sugar. I just let him taste the flavor so it's not just water. He drinks so much throughout the day that i can't say that it's because he doesn't have enough to drink. I'm just worried that he needs to get the tar scraped off of him. Any more advice? :(

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Is your child still going to bed with a bottle or sippy cup? Often if the child falls asleep with a bottle in his/her mouth bacteria build up can start and cause decay. Also, try to have your child drink water between meals and keep the sugar away.

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