My apologies for a somewhat cranky post last time...it was really late that night and I was not at my best. Hey, it's late tonight too but I have not had a chance to respond until now so I thought I should do so while I could.
Originally Posted by kiminsac
Toraji, if you think tooth decay has nothing to do with bacteria, why are you using fluoride? Do you think the fluoride is in some way inhibiting the bacteria?
Well the fluoride thing is a bit complicated. AFAIK, it does not really work by stopping the bacteria, it works by strengthening the enamel which makes it more resistant to acid attacks. Since my DD had such a poor start in life with poor enamel, we needed that advantage to fully beat the decay. With the radical diet change, the decay slowed dramatically to the point where I thought it had stopped, but when I visited the ped. dentist he said that it was still going albeit extremely slowly. So we did the fluoride so that we could finally stop it completely.
If we had been eating properly during pregnancy, I feel that we would not have had to resort to using fluoride. But being faced with the option of GA at the hospital or trying the fluoride method, we jumped on the latter option.
Here's a quote from Dr. Palmer's website (the dentist who is a big advocate of nursing not causing tooth decay):
"Factors other than infant feeding may also impact the development of caries. Torney found that maternal bereavement or stress, reduced intake of dairy products, illness, and antibiotic use during pregnancy were associated with increases in infant caries.11 " with the footnote 11 being Torney PH, Prolonged, On-Demand Breastfeeding and Dental Decay: An Investigation. Unpublished MDS Thesis.1992 Dublin.
Pubmed has some studies but they seem to be limited to tetracycline during pregnancy. Perhaps in some dental journals there may be some studies on antibiotic use during pregnancy?
It also makes me crazy about children who eat nothing but junk food but they did not have the same incredible rapidly disintegrating teeth that my DD had. The only thing I could think of was that the fortification of the packaged foods was enough to give them the edge over my DD, who was nourished in utero with organic whole foods. If you read Dr. Moser's chapter that I linked to above, she gives an excellent explanation of the "poor start" theory along with a primer on soil health and how it affects the consumer of produce grown on these soils. Even organic is not enough.
Kathy, ITA with JaneS's recommendations. My only difference is that I put an extremely high emphasis on fresh vegetables, ingested in any way possible, both raw and cooked, with something raw at every meal (whether it be veggie(preferably), fruit, or animal based). There is a good chance that you can make a difference as the enamel is supposedly forming in 3rd trimester. Good luck!