Hi Dr Sears,
My two year old son has early childhood caries on his four upper front teeth. He was breastfed until recently, eats healthily, and is a vegetarian just like the rest of the family. We do drink freshly made juices regularly, something I fear might have contributed to the decay. We live in Eastern Europe, and have seen many, many dentists. We have two problems:
- Every dentist we have seen while my son was breastfed blamed the caries on breastfeeding. I have read studies that conclude breast milk is not cariogenic. Now that he no longer breastfeeds, the new dentist blamed the decay on us being vegetarians, and says we "must eat meat". My son is a third-generation vegetarian. Nobody else in the family has dental problems.
- Pediatric dentists in this country are taught either to not touch milk teeth at all, or drill the decay out but not fill the teeth. There is not the option to have teeth treated under general anesthesia, obviously.
I know you're not a dentist, but do you have any advice on how to keep the teeth from decaying further? Or do you recommend any studies that might convince my dentist to drill and fill? It seems like our country of residence is the only one with this kind of attitude towards milk teeth, and the teeth are getting worse all the time.