I took my 3 year old to her first dentist appointment today. I'd always heard that they should go when they're 3, but since her birthday everything I've read has said a lot sooner than that. Anyway, at the end of her visit the hygienist told me they found 10 cavities! I couldn't believe it and I started crying in the office. She told me her front 2 teeth would need a crown and maybe one more on the side but that the rest would just need fillings. I thought I was doing a good job at taking care of her teeth...but obviously not. I was also upset because they didn't offer me any suggestions on what I should be doing differently or why her teeth may be so bad. I got online and started researching and it is more than likely caused from me letting her go to bed with a bottle when she was younger.
Has anyone else had this kind of horrible experience with their children's teeth? I'm really wanting to look into some type of sedation options? Any advice??
Answer by dullscissors at 4:21 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by maxsmom11807 at 4:21 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
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Answer by ImaginationMama at 4:22 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by hootie826 at 4:23 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
These teeth will fall out and new ones will come in but you do need to fix the cavity so it won't bring the new teeth with cavity, is this a children's dentist?? I don't recommend sedation, they will numb the area enough that there will be no pain,save it for when it is really necessary, it does not hurt it is just intimidating.
Answer by older at 4:23 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by ImaginationMama at 4:24 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by twinblessed at 4:24 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by elizabr at 4:24 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
So sorry! You're not a bad mom, you're doing what needs to be done to help you DD. Definitely go to another dentist, if possible, or at least ask the current dentist what you can do to help her out, how to brush properly. I wouldn't get caps on her teeth, unless they hurt, since they'll be falling out w/in the next few years. Good luck!
Answer by JenE1098 at 4:26 PM on Apr. 8, 2011