Just got back from my son's (22 months old) first dentist appt. and it turns out he has two cavities on his molars. The dentist claims their from nursing at night--which I don't totally agree with. She basically told me to stop nursing him at night--immediately--or risk more severe cavities. She did give me a calcium phosphate gel to coat his teeth with at night, if I do "insist" on nursing. She's also recommending application of flouride coating every three months.
I'm on the fence about flouride and have been looking into nutritional/alternative cures for cavities, including bone broth, organ meats, xyletol, cod liver oil, butter oil, fruit free/sugar free diets, etc. But I don't know if we're ready to overhaul our life that completely. I know that sounds horrible, we're on a pretty tight budget, and some of these remedies/supplements are not at all cheap. Also, as much as we try to limit sugar, my son does have treats every once and awhile. And I can't imagine cutting fruit out of his diet---as a toddler, he's pretty finicky about what he eats, so I'm happy when I can get anything "live" (fruits or veggies) in him.
Does this make me a horrible mother? We're going to get really serious about brushing and cutting out sugary treats--but should I go farther?