What you suggested about only giving the fluoride once or twice a week is sort of already happening, because I'm kind of lax about her vitamins in general, partly because I was unsure of the fluoride thing and partly because she has such an excellent diet compared to every other 3 year old I know - she eats a wide variety of foods from every group, hardly any sweets at all, almost no juice (as mentioned), so I wonder if she really needs supplemental vitamins at all.
Anyway, your advice was quite helpful! I'll check at her next dental visit, too, with the dentist. It's so nice to have you here!
Thank you, peacemama. You have the perfect name for such a gentle poster!
Your baby sounds awesome. I go back and forth with the whole vitamin thing, too. I don't give them every day either, because she's pretty good, too, but I do give them every now and then because some days are better than others, you know?!
Mmmm... Interesting. I just reread my preg diary. At 6 months I was under a lot of stress because we moved (not far at all, but still...), I had an international friend staying over for 3 weeks, and caught a light throat cold. There were a couple of weeks where I didn't gain weight, while I was a very steady gainer in the rest of the pregnancy.
And now I remember... I helped painting the new apt a little... Latex, and with face mask and windows open, but... Oh no I hope that didn't do it I'd feel guilty for the rest of my life...
Talking about rests of lives: Is there a great risk she'll have it on her later teeth, too? I know it appears limited to these two, but that's only because I can't see every corner of her other teeth...
Flouride.. my dd is almost 2, has cavities (another issue I wont go into (already sent a PM). I have only given flouride for about the last yr but have been hesitant to do it everyday. after reading thru this i might bow switch to a flouridated toothpaste. what about using the flouride past 2x a week, or so, and giving the drops 2x or so.. hey i want to cover all bases w/o going overboard! any suggestions for a combo? Just called water co to get flouride content of water...
Flossing suggestion.. a few months ago I bought dinosaur shaped flossers. I tell my dd the dinosaur is hungry and wants to eat buggies in her teeth. shes ery cooperative and often sits and does her own! Only w/ the dinos tho! (we chase all sorts of riff-raff through her mouth ( from elmo to elephants) in the name of dental hygene!) hope this helps!
Thanks Smilemomma and everyone else....no, I didn't mean I would stop brushing my son's teeth, but perhaps concentrate on flossing rather than using that flouride gel *after* he brushes. I think I will also switch to a flouride toothpaste and use it in the minute quantities you suggest rather than the swallowable stuff.
I also like the shaped flosser suggestion, I will check next time I'm at the store. The nice thing is he doesn't have a lot of teeth to floss! This is a hard time of year to control the sweets, but we're doing our best and trying to be very diligent about the hygiene. I will also use this time to talk and read to my son before his appt. in Jan. It amazes me he has all these cavities! his teeth are so beautiful and white and I just can't see a thing!
Hi, I am following along, very interested! I am glad you are responding smilemomma! I have been a dental assistant for 11 years. I do have my kids (ages 7,5,2) brush from an early age and they love it. I only scrape the paste on the bristles for the younger ones. Just enough to satisfy them that I have done something. I worry a little about the germ spreading but we are very familiar with germs one way or another around here. I really have never taken much time to floss their teeth on a regular basis.
I am hoping we can start another thread too. Smilemomma - what is your opinion on SIPPY CUPS? I wish those puppies would come with warning labels. "Not meant to be dragged from room to room all day." I fear there are too many toddlers out there giving their teeth a sugar bath all day long.
I have VERY sensitive teeth (not at the root but on the biting surfaces - probably from grinding) and it has been very painful lately. I went to the dentist today and he suggested that I use a flouride rinse and that this may help. First, could this help? Second, is it safe to use while breastfeeding? Thanks for any advice you might have.
Thank you so much, simonee! I just love these boards and the very special moms on here, I am so glad to be able to give something back. It is so hard sometimes to get support in parenting our children in loving ways, and it's extra hard when the medical establishment gives us a difficult time. I'm so happy to be able to speak up for us!
It's so special to me to know that I've helped in some way ... thank you for brightening my day!
I looked through the posts and haven't seen anything new on the fluoride question. Please pardon me if you've answered this before.
We are on well water and it tested at minimal fluoride (I think <0.10 ppm). We're wondering about the drops. I think if we were to do them, I'd like to have a big bottle of water in the fridge and give it to him that way.
Our 16 mos. ds has almost all his teeth (except 2 yr. molars) and they look good, but we are night-nursing. When I am awake, I know he swallows, so I'm not too worried about that stuff. But speaking of swallowing, he does swallow the pee sized drop of toothpaste (a kids, but I have to check if it has fluoride). We had trouble keeping him interested in brushing and we just got a sonicare for ourselves. He seems to enjoy it and we can get some teeth clean without too much of a fuss. We only brush in the evenings (should we also be doing mornings)?
Should we bring him in for a check-up now?
I'm kind of rambling, but excited to find someone I can ask all these questions to. Thanks for your help.
Swallowing a pea size of tooth paste??! Ekk. Just slight dab the bristle with paste. Even the natural toothpastes have herbs and other components that he shouldn't be swallowing. My suggestion is to wrap him in a towl after his bath-in a cuddly way with huggs and kisses. Once he is bundled up you let him know it's time to clean his teeth. Use a toothbrush with water. .1ppm is a less than standard(.7) but he may get FL from breads, crackers, cookies or juices.
I am not Smilemama but I went through this too, what I did was have my water tested, it did contain floride so we don't give a supplement (I don't think I would even if it didn't but that's another issue)