Tooth decay on my 22 month old

A. Ross - posted on 02/26/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am no stranger to tooth decay. Meaning I had one child who went through this at the same age as my current son (22months). I just want to know if anyone can advise me on other ways to handle it. My older son had to get his 4 front teeth extracted when he was little. Now my 22 month olds top 4 front teeth have brown lines on them , which indicate to me decay. I have an appt. in 2 days to see a pediatric dentist. I do not know what to expect from this dentist. I WILL NOT STAND FOR ANY MORE EXTRACTIONS. If someone can provide me with other options I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!!!

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Medic - posted on 02/26/2012

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Is there a reason why your kids at 22 months have teeth decaying?

A. Ross - posted on 02/27/2012

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Thank you all for your quick responses. I was wondering Michelle did they have to put your son to sleep for his capping or did they use local anesthia. Thanks again.

Sarah - posted on 02/28/2012

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milk is sugar. Lactose (in milk) is sugar. Breastmilk contains it. And if they fall asleep nursing or with a bottle, it pools in their mouth while they sleep. Bacteria LOVE sugar and will attack areas where it's high. So if the milk (sugar) is sitting on their teeth, the bacteria that cause tooth decay will eat their enamel. This is a very common cause of tooth decay in babies. Don't let them fall asleep nursing, brush their teeth afterwards before settling them. And make sure you're using fluoride toothpaste, the non-fluoridated won't combat the "sugar bugs" as well.

A. Ross - posted on 02/28/2012

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I was so puzzled because he doesn't drink juice all I do is breastfeed and I brush his teeth. I think the problem started because he use to fall asleep breastfeeding and so did all of children but only my 22month old and 7 year old developed this problem.

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Medic - posted on 02/28/2012

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My dentist recomends not using toothpaste on our 25 month old yet. He told us just to brush with water for now. We did the same with our 5 year old and neither have had any issues.

Sarah - posted on 02/28/2012

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Oh, and just a little tidbit of information, kids aren't born with the bacteria that causes tooth decay, they acquire it from people around them. So putting a pacifier in your mouth to "clean" it, sharing a spoon, kissing on the mouth, etc. all pass harmful bacteria to your baby.

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012

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No sugary drinks, don't put babe to bed with a bottle unless it's water, brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (you need to check that it contains fluoride not all of them do). See if your area does free dental varnishing for kids (some do).

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2012

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Is it really decay my sons teeth came in an odd color when he was little and we took him to the dentist and found out he had something called dentnogenisis imperfecta which means the denten in his teeth (which makes them white) was not there it is a genetic disease that he got from his dad. We did not have to pull any of his teeth they placed caps over them to help protect him as he grew we had white enamels put over the top of them so that they looked normal.

Nikki - posted on 02/26/2012

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Honestly if the dentist recommends extractions it's probably best. If baby teeth decay it can have a big impact on their adult teeth which could cause life long problems. I know there is a product which reduces the rate of decay, I juts cannot remember what it is called but you can only buy it from the dentist. Maybe ask whether he is able to have fluride treatments? No juice or soda, get him to have a drink of water after each meal will also reduce decay.

A. Ross - posted on 02/26/2012

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Yes, I nursed him sometimes until he fell asleep. I did the same for my other three kids but for some reason only my two boys have this decay issue. I guess it has to do with genetics. I just do not want him to have to be put under for this procedure.

Brittney - posted on 02/26/2012

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Keep brushing the teeth with fluoride free toothpaste, unless he can spit, don't let him snack after his teeth have been brushed, and go with what the dentist says...

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