I took my son to the dentist last week, in complete and blissful denial, and left with a treatment plan to put him under general anesthesia for an estimated hour and a half, pull two teeth, and fill four others. I knew there was an issue. I still don't completely know why. He's never had a lot of sugar. I'd say, by today's standards, he has an above average diet. I can't understand HOW this happened. What did I do? In my search for a reason, I am having my tap water tested, trying to night wean, cutting juice in half with water (trying to eliminate altogether), cutting out any sugary snacks, and looking up diet and nutrition for tooth decay. It is a tough thing to be faced with. The damage is done, right? Still, I want to avoid having my son put under for any amount of time, much less over an hour. He IS only two years old. These are his baby teeth. Getting a second opinion is an option, but without dental insurance, an expensive one. I have looked into an area holistic dentist as well, but again finances don't allow for that option. I guess, what I am looking for is support, suggestions, to know if anyone has any similar stories. I just want to feel less alone in this. Less like I've ruined my son for life. Less like it's my fault. I desperately want it to just go away, and his smile to be pearly white. But to be realistic, I just want for him not to have to get this work done. Any ideas? Has anyone ever tried one of these diets to help reverse tooth decay? Any success at it? How long before you see results, or is it more of a "keep it where it is" thing? Lots of questions, I know. But, I'm feeling desperate.
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4/13/10 at 6:40pm