Hi Mamas....I am at a loss here and I don't know where to turn. I just stumbled upon this community and hope I can get some help/support.
I have a beautiful little girl who will be 15 months in two days. Over the last week or so, I've noticed a chalky white color on her front four teeth, up by her gumline. I was able to actually touch it, and it's raised and hard. My instinct told me to get her it looked at so I took her to a pediatric dentist (the highest rated one I could find in my area) yesterday and upon examining her he said those white marks are actually decay from the back of her teeth that is making its way around to the front. I was able to see the decay in the back - light brown circular spots, up by her gumline. Not exactly faint, but not dark.
To give a little background, she is breastfed (night-nursing) and has a diet that consists mainly of organic fruits and veggies. She does have cheese on occasion (organic, hormone-free) but no cow's milk at all other than that. We've haven't been excellent at brushing, but we've been able to get in at least one brushing a day since she's had teeth come in. We don't use fluoride toothpaste, water or drops.
Needless to say, I am horrified. Absolutely, positively HORRIFIED.
Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind, but by the time we left the dentist's office she was scheduled to be put out under general anesthesia at a hospital on the 17th of June so they can cap all four of her front teeth.
I am in a daze right now. My concern is that an actual x-ray wasn't taken to determine if the decay warrants capping of her teeth, and I hate the thought of putting my baby through this without actually being 100% sure that this is decay. Then again, I'm no dentist and he sees this all day long.
I have already reached out to my family dentist who treats my parents and myself (I've been going to him since childhood) to get a second opinion before I go through with the procedure. And I couldn't sleep last night, so in between my crying spells I was frantically trying to find alternatives.
I think I'll feel better once I get a second opinion. I also want to try reversing the damage (if possible)...I'm all for holistic, natural remedies. I found you ladies for a reason, I just know it. Does anyone have any experience or insight to share? I am seeing information on cod liver oil and butter oil, changing of the diet (for both her and I), etc but have yet to find actual specifics. Myabe I'm just not looking hard enought, I've been up all night and am seeing double of everything at this point. I will do/buy anything, but time is of the essence right now so I really don't want to order anything online. I have some great natural food stores in my area (Henry's, a Natural Foods Co-op, etc.) My heart is aching right now, I feel like such a failure. Please, if any of you can help, I am open to advice and guidance. Thank you!