In my dream time last night, it came to me where the article is I was thinking about regarding breastfeeding and dental caries.
It's written by a woman named Marnie Ko and appears in the Canadian magazine called "Alive". However, Marnie Ko is the editor and publisher of "Nurturing Magazine" and that can be found on the web at www.nurturing.ca.
The article basically says;
Medical and dental literature and studies have failed to scientifically and without bias prove that breastfeeding and specifically night nursings, increase the risk of dental caries in infants.
Research now clearly provides evidence that microflora levels of strep and lactobacilli present in children are important factors that predispose one to caries.
Strep feeds and thrives on sugar. Caries most often present in people who consume large amounts of sugar. Eliminate sugar from diet.
Diet can be more important in development of caries than heredity.
Mother's diet during pregnancy plays large role in infant's development.
In first trimester, fetus's baby teeth forming. When mother ill with nausea and vomiting, more likely her child's teeth are weak and susceptible to decay.
Need to maintain adequate calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin intake during pregnancy.
Fevers during pregnancy linkied to more incidence of caries, as fevers upset the balance of calcium and phosphorus salts in her bloodstream. When fever during fifth and ninth months of pregnancy, baby's teeth may not mineralize properly.
Also fevers in infant, even before time teeth erupt, anywhere from four months to as long as nine or ten months.
Premature babies susceptible to tooth decay. They can sometimes have a condition called enamel hypoplasia, which is similar to bottle mouth syndrome and is common too in infants with cerebral palsy.
Children with food and environmental allergies susceptible to tooth decay. Attributed to lower immune system function and fact allergies result in mouth being more acidic.
Congested children often breathe exclusively through their mouths, which relsults in less saliva production. Without protective aspect of saliva, which contains an enzyme that helps prevent tooth decay, caries more common.
Then she cautions to "watch the bottle", which I don't think is of interest for you?
Bascially she says there is "undeniable and considerable evidence that children have become victims of the power of persuasion of modern marketing, advertising, poor health choices and lifestyles".
She says dental caries have skyrocketed with the amount of packaged refined foods, loaded with simple carbohydrates and sugar that are so profitable to big business. Then parents are sold fluoridated toothpaste and dental treatment, also big business.
Anyhow, don't know if anything in there rings true for you or maybe gives you some questions to ask your dentist. I think that's the thing, just keep asking questions of many different kinds of people to get many different kinds of answers. The one that fits with your belief system (what I call your motherheart, or instinct) will be the one that "feels right to you".
Other ways to get info on this is to search the web, perhaps under LaLeche. Or go to your university and look up some studies done on the subject. Ask your dentist (if he's saying it is from breastfeeding at night) to provide you with the name and author of the scientific paper that proves it, and where you can find that study. (Keep in mind, was the study done by a group of dentists, or by a fluouride company, or if it's a name you don't recognize, find out who's behind the name. It could surprise you. It could bias the paper!) If he can't tell you that, ask him then where he's getting his info from.
Ok, hope this is more helpful.