my toddler needs dental work, what should i expect at pediatric dentist appt?

WENDY - posted on 08/06/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i noticed a few months ago my 2 year olds four top front teeth were getting kind of grungy looking. i contacted my family dentist and was told they usually don't like to see kids untill they are at least 3. Also, usually these teeth they won't do anything anyways. i called a second local area dentist and was told the same thing.

i can't stand the thought of watching my 2 year olds teeth rot out of her head, i already feel like some kind of terriable monster becuase i let this happen. i've made an appointment to see a pediatric dentist. was wondering what to expect with this situation ?

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my dentist once advised me also to wait 20 mintutes after anything to eat or drink before brushing their teeth, hope that can help!

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2011

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Depending on what the problem is they may tell you to just wait or they may decide to cap them, my son had to have his capped because he has a degenerative disease in his teeth that make them very brittle so his baby teeth were an odd color and would break. His were all capped and then they put on white enamel on the caps so he didn't look like he had silver teeth.

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WENDY - posted on 08/15/2011

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thank you all, our appt is Aug 31st. will keep you updated. that's another lovely thing in our area their are only 3 pediatric dentists within 150 miles so it took a month to get her in to even see this dentist.. i'm on pins and needles till this appt happens not only for Jasmine's sake and what they will do for her, but also how much will this cost and how are we going to pay for it.. i'm sure all will go well in the end.

WENDY - posted on 08/15/2011

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no we haven't had any bottles, took them away at 18mos. she did have sippys, up untill recently she would take a milk sippy to bed. she didn't sleep with it in her mouth, she would just take a drink from it now an again. i know people including my mother and sister that did the same and nothing bad came of it. i even know people that would put soda or kool-Aid in their kids' bottles and this never happend to their kids. the problem with just keep brushing them is it seems her teeth keep getting smaller and smaller, like i'm brushing away her teeth or something. her teeth are still white even they are just chipping away. i know the dentist is probably going to be scary for her, but, i feel we have to do what we must do. hopefully her teeth can be capped, i have a feeling this is going to be a very expensive lesson learned not to metion the stress my daughter is going to through.. definatly a lesson learned the hard way. never ever put your baby or toddler to bed with a sippy or bottle with anything other than water.

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does your toddler have a bottle still? milk has lots of natural sugar in, and i found myself in the same situation (only i think slightly worse off before i did any thinng). my daughter had milk in a bottle until she was almost 3, she used to drink 2 bottles in her sleep and unfortunately the sugar from the milk has erroded her teeth. there is nothing that i can do about it as they dont want to take them out and risk her becoming scared of them, just take a but of comfort in the fact that they are only baby teeth, keep on brushing them and make sure you bin the bottles!

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