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Toddler tooth decay and dentistry in Eastern Europe - advice?

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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:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

Thanks,

 

Olivia

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We've had the same issues here in the States. We've done ozone therapy on our son's teeth and it's halted the decay, made them glossy and hard. It's not a common practice with dentists here and have to travel 1 1/2 hours to a dentist who performs the treatment. We've had success. Now we wait for the permanent teeth to come in which is hard to do because his smile isn't that pretty to look at. People have asked us what's wrong. Wish we knew why they decayed. Best to you. Mary Ann

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We've had the same issues here in the States. We've done ozone therapy on our son's teeth and it's halted the decay, made them glossy and hard. It's not a common practice with dentists here and have to travel 1 1/2 hours to a dentist who performs the treatment. We've had success. Now we wait for the permanent teeth to come in which is hard to do because his smile isn't that pretty to look at. People have asked us what's wrong. Wish we knew why they decayed. Best to you. Mary Ann


Ozone therapy seems like a good thing to look into. Thanks.

 

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some dentists have started doing ozone treatments here. I've had several patients do it and like it. It came from Europe, so maybe you can get it done there?  You can also feed your child xylitol sugar or foods with xylitol. this may help.  I don't know of any way to convince your dentist to drill and fill

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some dentists have started doing ozone treatments here. I've had several patients do it and like it. It came from Europe, so maybe you can get it done there?  You can also feed your child xylitol sugar or foods with xylitol. this may help.  I don't know of any way to convince your dentist to drill and fill



Thanks. We brush with a toothpaste that contains xylitol. Though we are not able to buy the raw form of xylitol here, I hope that cod liver oil also helps strengthen the teeth, and potentially remineralizes them. I will look into ozone therapy, but I doubt that is possible here.

 

Interestingly enough, I have read here on MDC that one parent got a visit from Child Protective Services after early childhood caries was diagnosed by a preschool dentist. They wanted to check whether the cavities had been filled, which they had. It is amazing how policies can differ so greatly from one country to the next. One would think that it is not hard to prove or disprove whether "gasses get trapped in the tooth" if milk teeth are filled and drilled. If that were the case, why does just about every other country recommend drilling and filling, and some even send social workers to confirm parents enabled this to happen?

 

I would be interested in hearing whether you think not taking any action, other than self-care with xylitol and cod liver oil, could result in further medical problems not related to the teeth? I feel like I am neglecting my child, because no dentist will provide medical care to him.

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I don't think you'd have to worry about other problems not related to the teeth

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