Tooth Decay in 2 year old

Nichole - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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.Hello; we took my son to a dentist (referred by a local dentist, as a pediatric dentist) when we noticed brown spots on his teeth. We had to wait 3 months (!!!) to get in to see them. They told us he did have some decay and recommended capping all of his teeth as a preventative measure while he was under general anesthesia. We sought a second opinion. We were referred to a pediatric dentist by our pediatrician who informed us the first dentist was not actually a pediatric dentist, just billed herself as one. The new dentist recommended pulling his 8 front teeth (top and bottom) to keep the decay from spreading and becoming severe, then filling one top tooth; he said they do not do general anesthesia; instead they give them a sedatvie and nitrous and then restrain them in a papoose. Needless to say, we are seeking a third opinion (we go today). My question to you is; have any of you dealt with tooth decay in young children? we do not feed my son lots of sugar, he's never been allowed pop and we brush his teeth 3 times a day (morning, nap, and night). We don't know why he got decay (he quit the bottle, on his own, right at 12 months and never took it more than nap and bedtime after he started sippy cups) and it really makes me feel horrible. Also, what would you do in this situation? I'm not about to leave my 2 year toothless, but I don't want this to cause and spread infections or rot out his adult teeth. Any thoughts????? Please help!

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Maria - posted on 08/14/2012

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Hello, I'm currently going through a similar situation with my 17 month old girl. Her top four teeth are also decaying and not too long fell and chipped her two front teeth. Now we have to choose to cap the four teeth or remove them if the pediatric dentist finds that they cannot be saved during her treatment.

I'm just very sad because it all happen so fast. I was breast feeding her and did not think her midnight feedings were going to be a problem in the long run (first time mother).

Moms, have you had a similar problem and if so, what did you do?

Brianna - posted on 08/09/2010

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I was looking online trying trying to find the cause of this when I found your post. My daughter is 3 years old, and about a year ago, maybe a little longer, her baby teeth started rotting. The dentist I took her to said that it was because I did not brush her teeth, but I did every day and I tried to tell him that. The dentist that my husband goes to (her father) said that things like that can be passed on, because her dad has the same problem and so does the majority of his family. My daughters dentist made me a little angry by assuming I didnt brush her teeth, but we already had a scheduled appt to get her teeth capped, so I stuck it out a little longer. It was only the top 4 front teeth that this happened to, and her dentist capped all of them..but put white caps on the front so it wouldnt be so noticeable. They look just like her real teeth, and she looks healthier! she looked sickly before she had the surgery done. Of course, they put her to sleep and that scared the heck out of me, I think I paced the hospital until it was over! But it was very much worth it. I was very self conscious over her teeth because I felt like people always stared at them and thought that I just didnt take care of her. But come to find out, after the surgery, noone even knew that she had bad teeth! But like I said before, it came from her dads side, and no matter what the dentists tell you, it is hereditary. Our middle child which is almost 2 is starting to have the same problem with the same 4 teeth. So I will be having to go through this once again! We also have a newborn, so im sure it will happen a third time! But I hope this helps, I know its a little late! LOL

Crystal - posted on 08/11/2012

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Hello Moms,

My daughter is also going through the same issue, at 2 she needed to get fillings, the filings fell out and she had to get them done again. Her cavities have now spread to the 4 teeth on the top and I don't know what to do please help. Can anyone recommend any good children's specialist in the toronto area? Please help.....

Heather - posted on 06/15/2010

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my 2 year old daughter has celiac disease and cant have milk or dairy either so when we first found this out a year ago we started looking at her teeth. celiac blocked vitamins and minerals from getting to her body because her body couldnt digest her food properly so she couldnt get enough calcium therefore she developed cavities. she was only two at the time so they did put her to sleep. i went to two different dentists. the first wanted to put caps and all that and i didnt want my child having metal in her mouth, its ugly and i dont like it. so we ended up going to another pediatric dentist who did a great job but its hard. we give her calcuim supplements for extra because she drinks no milk whatsoever which are just tums so maybe you could give them this also in addition to his diet. just go to two or three and decide which is best. the thing that gets you is not the dentist in price its the anesthesiologist. we paid about 800 out of pocket on the day of that our insurance didnt cover, and we're covered at 90 percent so watch out. ask lots of questions. since its a child they might cover part of it but i would recomend putting them to sleep. its easier on everyone. especially being so young. emmalyn did fine. stay strong hope it helped a little bit.

Donna - posted on 09/11/2012

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My granddaughter, only yesterday, was strapped down at Kool Smiles in Metairie, LA and had silver caps put on all four front teeth. She is 2 yrs old and is absolutely traumatized. No type of pain med, no anesthesia, just strapped her down. Now she has four silver, top, front teeth. Can you imagine the teasing she will take until they fall out at 5-7 yrs of age? We knew that there could not be a dentist who would put silver caps; we were expecting porcelain. I am sick over this. Don't let this happen to your baby, search for the right Dentist.

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Jenna - posted on 08/09/2010

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Glad that you guys could find a dentist you were comfortable with. My problem with dentists is the majority have some sort of superiority complex - if the teeth don't look good thent hey blame the parents, etc ... Granted when I was little, I didn't brush my teeth as much as I should have, but that was because of how painful and sensitive they were. Most dentists I saw would just tell my parent sthat my "sensitivity" issue was to get attention and I was making it up. Way to give a kid a complex.

But again, I'm glad that hearing other people's experiences helped you fidn the confidence to keep looking.

Nichole - posted on 08/09/2010

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it did help and thank yoU! we've found an excellent dentist near us, after going through 5 (yes 5!) dentists. It is nice to know that other people have experienced the same thing, even though i don't want any1 to have to experience it! Thank you!

Lyndsay - posted on 06/15/2010

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I think pulling the teeth is a little extreme. In my opinion, and I'm by no means qualified to make suggestions here, I think capping the teeth is probably the most effective, least invasive way to go about it. It depends on how far gone the teeth are, if its just a little spot then having them capped may work. If the teeth are decayed the whole way through then they will need to be pulled.

Nichole - posted on 06/15/2010

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Jenna: thank you for your encouragement. This has been especially hard on me b/c my partner (my son's father) and I do not see eye to eye on this. He wants to stick with one dentist and do what needs done; whereas I want to eplore our options. I don't want to neglect my son's teeth while doing so, but I have also found that treatment will almost always vary from dentist to dentist.

Jenna - posted on 06/15/2010

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Some tooth decay can attributed to genetics. I was born with abnormal teeth because my baby teeth didn't have a normal coat of enamel on them. It was hereditary for this condition in my Dad's side of the family. Half of them had dentures before they were 30.

Anywho, the dentist my parents took me to, pulled a lot of my teeth when I just under 3 years old because of decay from the lack of enamel and by doing so my adult teeth begin to come in sooner, without the enamel on them again. The dentist I went to at age 8 informed us that by pulling the teeth the first dentist had triggered my adult teeth to come in too soon, lacking enamel. This dentist then put silver caps on the majority ofmy teeth, which mostly fell out within a year. These were very, very expensive. Every dentist I've seen then alwasy has a different plan to fix the teeth. Now I understand why half my family had dentures so early.

Just be careful when deciding what to do, sounds like you are doing a great job getting opinions. .

Nichole - posted on 06/15/2010

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We started juice at about 6 mos with the recommendation of his dr, and it was diluted, 1 oz juice, 3 oz water. We still dilute his juice unless its in a juice box. His teeth aren't rotten yet, but they do have brown spots. As for brushing his teeth three times a day; i never really thought about it being bad, we brush them when he gets up; then after his nap (sometimes before to get the sugar off his teeth b4 he sleeps) and then at night before bedtime. Maybe we should cut out the nap time brushing? i have horrible teeth; they are all filled and my partner's are the same way, we were worried our son would have bad teeth, so we try to keep them clean and keep his diet low in sugar and corn syrup...ugh, this is just so frustrating and scary! I dont' want my baby to suffer any pain or low self esteem or speech issues....

Cheyenne - posted on 06/15/2010

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when my brother was three years old and he had the same problem and he had to get all his rotten teeth pulled out. when did you start giving your child juice and did you dilute the juice wth water? that may have an effect on it. was it recommended by a dentist tp brush his teeth 3 times a day? cause their enamel isnt hard like ours so its not good for their teeth to be brushed 3 times a day.

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