tooth decay

Musoke - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my name is prossie from Uganda,my boy is 4years old but his teeth have turned short and are too dark,what should i do?Thanks

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April - posted on 11/04/2010

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A wake-up call for me to be more strict and make sure my 2-year old son brushes his teeth every night and to give him less candy! Thanks mums.

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Do not let him go to bed with anything to drink. I live in an area with a very high rate of childhood obesity and childhood tooth decay because parents here will give their kids bottles of milk or juice to sleep with at night and this contributes to tooth decay. My boys have never had a cavity and it is considered something rare here.

Also, check to see if your water has fluoride in it. Here in the U.S. most towns/cities will automatically add it to the water. Other countries do not do this as an automatic practice. My ex-husband is from Holland and they do not do it there. People there have horrible teeth because of it. Some toothpastes will have fluoride in it and there are also monthly fluoride treatments that can be given to children if it is not in the water supply there.

The most important thing to do first though, is what was recommended above. Make sure you go to a dentist so the dentist can evaluate his teeth, help fix any problems before they get worse, and help to make sure there are no underlying medical reasons for his teeth.

Christine - posted on 09/07/2010

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Another thing, is that when my son did have his rotten teeth, he was in pain much of the time, he would bite things, chew on things and refused to eat. Once his teeth were gone, he was back to normal, better moods and he ate everything he could, it's truly amazing how quickly children bounce back.

Christine - posted on 09/07/2010

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Hi. My youngest son Braydon had his front 4 top teeth chipped and started to rot. He brushed his teeth and he doesn't eat much candy, it's just how he teeth were. So I took himt o a dentist asap and they dentist had decided to pull each one. He was put under for the procedure, and though it hurt him that first day, after that day he was fine, just had to make sure he ate soft food for the first 3 days and he was back to normal. He may be toothless for a few years until his adult teeth come in, but the dentist had said the decay did not affect his gums at all and they were really healthy. So if removal of the teeth is what should be done, then let them do it, it'll be best for the child then to have them affect his adult teeth as well. Hope this helps you :)

Tassia - posted on 09/02/2010

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You have to get him to the dentist because this can/will affect his adult teeth. You should not wait for them to fall out, his gums may also be infected becuase of this. Please get him to a dentist as soon as possible.

Helen Katrina - posted on 09/02/2010

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take him to a dentist and teach him the proper way of brushing his teeth xx

Chymerem - posted on 08/31/2010

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try to keep candies away from him and introduce him to brushing atleast twice daily

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For now there isn't much you can do other then try and get him in the regular habit of brushing his teeth 2-3 times a day. These are his baby teeth and they will fall out and be replaced by his adult teeth.
To keep that from happening to his adult teeth, avoiding really sticky and hard candies, rinsing his mouth out with water after eating sweets and regular tooth brushing are best. And when you can visits to the dentist once a year.

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