My 7 yr. old dd1 has 3 cavities and a couple other soft spots in her 6 yr. molars, which have only been in for about 8 months. This shocked me, as I had my first cavities at 30. I really didn't know what to think. I took her to a second dentist, who said the same thing. Wow, what do I do now? The first dentist said she could fill the holes without using novacain if we did it soon, but I couldn't hack it. At this point, we may be past that option and I'm not sure I want to do it anyway.
So, then the recent discussion came through on Mothering with all sorts of suggestions for natural dental care, including Ramiel Nagel's book, Cure Tooth Decay with Nutrition, which I had seen before. Well, I've just finished reading it and my mind is reeling with what I should do. He provides great arguments, based mostly on Weston Price's work, on healing teeth with nutrition. It seems daunting, mostly because she is a picky eater who loves sweet things (dried fruit, jam, fruit, juice, raw honey, syrup) and carbs (bread, cereal, oatmeal). She has strong emotions and I fear her push back and how to accomplish this without a storm in the house.
I don't want to force her to eat, but I do need her to make the changes. Anyone have any experience making a major dietary shift for health reasons with a strong-willed, picky child?
I have a pretty good sweet tooth too. We do eat a standard American diet, but with whole grains, raw honey for sweetener, organic and local meats and produce. But, I'm just trying to figure out the dynamic of making this change with her. I don't want to create a long term food control issue.
Any thoughts appreciated . . . :)