What should I do if my toddler has tooth decay?

My dd has a little bit of tooth decay on her front tooth!!!! I asked her pediatrition when I should take her to the dentist and she said not until she about 3 but I dont want to wait that long! She has an appointment for wednesday morning at a pediatric dentist and I am nervous! We have always brushed her teeth twice a day and I just dont understand how i could have let it get to this! I feel like a horrible mother and Im scared of getting lectured by the dentist. Does anyone know how I feel?


Asked by maddys1mommy at 12:05 AM on Feb. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Oh boy do I! My daughter's molars started decaying right down the middle almost as soon as they broke through the skin. When she was two she had all of her molars either capped, sealed, or filled by a pediatric dentist (under general anesthesia). Your dentist will not lecture you. Mine told me this just happens sometimes with baby teeth and does not necessarily mean that their permanent teeth will be bad as well. I was like you, I started brushing my kids teeth when all they had were gums!

    Answer by Mishelly728 at 12:11 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • Oh been there 2 of my 3 have this problem, I started taking my kids at 1 year of age but i was raised in a family in that had people working in the dental profession so it was a big deal for us to go.

    First i was told it was because i breastfed since the only two who got it were breastfeeders , that is untrue its a oad of crap some uninformed yahoo doctor spouted off.

    What it comes down to is that some children have a low enamel on their teeth which makes their teeth more prone to decay, i have to paint my kids teeth with a flouride dental shield to help combat the decay, as my sons adult teeth have come in i am happy to say they are much stronger and have no signs of decay. it is also part genetics. Your dentist should be able to help you create a treatment plan to help fight it, keep an eye on the teeth as they can easily absess from the decay if it gets far enough. It is actually a very common problem nowadays.

    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 1:17 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • Research Flouride. It is most likely because of the flouride in your city's drinking water, or in the child's toothpaste. Flouride does not protect the way that flouride manufacturers would like you to think it does.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:13 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • I know exactly how you feel. When my daughter was 1 1/2 years old she fell down and chipped her 2 front teeth. I then called and made an appointment to see a pediatric dentist (best move I have ever made!) When we went to our dentist the first time, I found out that the reason why her 2 front teeth chipped soo easily was because she had cavaties. I couldn't beleave it, why my daughter I asked?? I brushed her teeth twice a day everyday. So the guilt set in... and then I found out the real reasoning why my daughter has such horrible teeth. She was born with A LOT of medical problems and had been on medications since birth. While her teeth looked normal, she had absoulutly NO enamal on her teeth. So low and behold we have to visit the dentist every couple of months to get flouride treatments. She is 3 years old and STILL no molars. They have to do x-rays to see if her "adult" teeth have even come in =(.....Best of Luck

    Answer by ali_1107 at 8:47 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • tell her that you have to brush her teeth or they get booboos that hurt and turn her teeth ugly.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 8:58 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • as soon as that first tooth comes, they need to go to the dentist! That doctors doesnt know what the heck they are talking about!!

    Answer by camtri3 at 10:41 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • I tried to take my DD to the dentist when her first teeth started coming in and they wouldn't see her. Told me to wait until she was 3. Her ped. wants her to go, but they won't see her here in my town. Right now, the search is on for a ped. dentist somewhere close to us that she can see. She'll probably bite their fingers off anyways!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:06 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • i'm sure the dentist won't lecture you, especially since you brush two times a day as recommended. it's probably just something that happened through no fault of your own. the only thing i can think of, other than genetics, bad luck, etc. is, do you give them anything besides water after you brush their teeth the second time? after our nighttime brusing, i don't let mine have anything. if they acted like they were really thirsty, i would only give them water. good luck...i'm sure it's nothing you've done wrong.

    Answer by tstep972 at 11:02 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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