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Any body else's toddlers getting cavities from......

Posted by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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Breastfeeding? I just found out that my son who never had any refined sugar or even juice before the age of two has like at least 5 cavities. He has to be put under so the dentist can attempt to fill them and if he can't he wants to pull them out!  By the way he is 2.5 now and nurses to sleep and whenever he doesn't feel good or just needs to connect. The dentist said it could be a mixture of sugar and breastfeeding, especially at night. I was taught that breastfeeding was not suppose to do this like bottle feeding does. Anybody have experience with this?

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jenerica.
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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My dd started getting hints of cavities around the same age.  I was heartbroken because I was/am so very on top of her oral hygiene.  Thing is, my dd weened from bf'ing by the time she was 18mo, so the dentist couldn't blame it on that.  Instead the blame went to foods like raisins and lack of flossing ...which is complete crap because I did and still do floss her teeth daily.  I think some kids are just prone to cavities.  That or there is some type of nutritional deficiency that I'm not catching.  *sigh*  For what it's worth, I don't think it's the breastfeeding.  Best of luck to your son...and you.  <3

bchic24
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

My son is getting signs too and he's only 2. It upsets me because we always take care of his teeth. He gets it from me because I have horrible teeth! My dentists says I have impeccable hygiene but terrible genes. I blame it on my mother being one of the many mother's who meant well but had no clue lol. She always always gave me diet coke to drink. She tells stories of how I would sneak up behind her in my walker and steal her diet coke.

mypbandj
by Jen on Mar. 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM
The bacteria that causes tooth decay is passed from mon to child by sharing utensils, or drinks, or even by blowing on their hot food for them.

Every time you eat or drink, even just a sip, the sugars from the foods are eaten by that bacteria and then acid is formed (an acid attack) and it lasts 20 minutes. And acid weakens the teeth and make cavities more likely.

So if you have a sip here and a handful of something there and another sip again, each time the clock restarts and the teeth are under another acid attack. So if you're eating all day, you're ruining your teeth!

Breastmilk coats the teeth. It doesn't cause cavities cause its not pooling in the mouth like a bottle or sippy of cows milk would. But you want to clean the teeth of all other foods before nursing to bed so all that stuff doesn't get sealed in.

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suetoo
by Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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It's part genetics, diet, lack of fluoride, and bad luck. Get a second opinion, and make sure your dr. Is a pediatric specialist. 

Hugs

Pbnj6
by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 8:41 AM
I was told by an aunt and a friend, who both had their first child develop cavities and not the second child, that I should stop letting my son drink milk during the night. My son is now 6 and at first this scared me, but then it made sense. I mean, I wouldn't brush my teeth and then eat something in the middle of the night. He was barely 2 when I stopped. It wasn't easy, but I used to put cereal in his last bottle before bed and if he cried, "I want my milk" I would give him some water. Thank goodness for the advice, because his dentist says he has great teeth.
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Amanda52007
by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

My middle child has had some dental issues (2 cavities at the age of 5). Hers is genetic. I purposely take her to her fathers dentist, and he has straight out said, she gets it from her dad. 

cmorris1200
by Silver Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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I would get a second opinion.  A friend who bfed her son until 2-3.  Her dentist said his teeth were full of cavities. She got a second opinion and he might of had one.  The first dentist was reported for insurance fraud by someone else.

ladyraven16
by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Idk mama. My son is 6 and has had 2 small vagaries on his very back teeth. They filled them and then sealed his teeth because he has deep grooves and we can't get them allthe way clean no matter how much iI brush and floss them.
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ladyraven16
by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Cavities*

Quoting ladyraven16:

Idk mama. My son is 6 and has had 2 small vagaries on his very back teeth. They filled them and then sealed his teeth because he has deep grooves and we can't get them allthe way clean no matter how much iI brush and floss them.
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chrisnjoesmom
by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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I would get a second opinion. That is awfully young to go through all of that. Can't you wait till he is older? But really, get a second opinion.

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