Hi ladies, I've just learned that my 16 month old DS has a lot of tooth decay, especially on his front 4 teeth. I've found this tread really interesting.
Our ped dentist is talking about the likelihood of 2 root canals under general anesethic. She is also suggesting that i coat the toothbrush llightly with adult strength fluoride toothpaste. Would anyone have an opinion or research on this? He will definitely swallow the toothpaste. She emphasised the need for it strongly. :-(
I was also told to use a fluoride toothpaste with my son, from a regular dentist, and instead of buying an adult toothpaste, I bought a children's fluoride toothpaste. After a couple months I got a second opinion from a Ped dentist and was told to get a fluoride mouth rinse (adult) and just dip a q-tip in it and then run the wet q-tip over the teeth, then that way it is not swallowed as much as the toothpaste is. I did that instead of the toothpaste some nights, but I still did the toothpaste as well other nights to teach my son how to spit the toothpaste out. He eventually started spitting out the toothpaste at age 2.
Hope that helps