Cavities at an extremely young age?

Ashley - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )




Okay, my daughter is now 16 months old. Her first two teeth came in when she was 4 months old. Since she was about 10 months old, I've been brushing her teeth at least once, if not twice a day. I just discovered today that her top right lateral incisor is a cavity and that her top left lateral incisor, and both of her top central incisors on the back side are getting discolored. Since everyone was taking today as their 4th of July, dental offices weren't open. So I'm going to call around tomorrow and hope for the best. I've been doing a lot of research about it and I'm just more enraged about how I wasn't warned about this topic and it really makes me angry and makes me feel like I failed as a parent.

Has anyone else experienced this with their child/children and if so, what was done to "fix" it?


Iysha - posted on 11/13/2010




I didnt get any information on dental care for infants either. Actually, not until my last WIC appointment this month and my daughter is 16 months. I worked for an oral surgeon though so i kind of knew a little bit...our specialty was not in pediatric dental care...more like we're the people who fix the problem after it gets too bad and we pull out the teeth =[

WIC does offer pamphlets and so do pediatrician offices, but only if you ask. Most parents think that wiping the teeth and gums is all it takes to keep baby's teeth healthy. It's understandable since such little information is out there and all we really need to do is brush and get cleanings every 6 months to a year.
Flouride drops can be used and those can be prescribed by dentists. Some cities have flouride in the drinking water to help with cavities too. It is also advised to go to a first dental check up around 6 months if baby has teeth already. Drinking minimal juice and eating the very least amound of sugary foods is also recommended. To fix it, the dentist will look to see what needs to be done. Like I said, I was only involved with little kids needing to get their teeth taken out...I'm not sure what is done before it gets to that point but I'm sure treatment would consist of fillings or caps before needing to be extracted.

You shouldnt feel bad. A lot of moms I've talked to have told me that it's "better that [babies] get their teeth later because they'll get them all closer together and then they rot out faster." I didn't know how to respond to that...why would anyone WANT their baby's teeth to rot out?

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