Tooth decay in 10 month old...Hi! I have read the archives and found lots of great info on breastfeeding, cavities, etc. But I still have some questions if anyone can help, especially Smilemomma...when you get the chance!! I know you are extremely busy! I looked and looked but couldn't find info for a young baby (10 months) with cavities already supposedly caused by night breastfeeding *according to the dentist*
My best friend's son (I am asking for her since she doesn't really like the internet! ) is 10 months old. Got first tooth at 4 1/2 months and had 8 by 8 months old. The top ones came in and they chipped right away even though he doesn't eat hard things or much solids right now anyway (no juice either, no bottles, just BM). He then started getting brown spots on the top 4 teeth. The bottom 4 are fine. I did read about that bacteria and the mom does have some unfilled cavities (she is scared to go to the dentist...aren't we all!!! Ouch!)
She went to see a pediatric dentist who told her it was because she nurses him at night. Like I was surprised by that... She also said that the cavities were moderate to severe, that it looked like he had soft enamel. The cavities are actually on the inner side of the teeth not the outer. She also told her to that she won't do anything until he is at least a year old. And that she shouldn't use fluoride toothpaste for him.
She also told her to talk to her pediatrician about ways to stop cosleeping. ACK. Not surprising with her views on breastfeeding. He is only 10 months old for goodness sake.
Anyway, her questions are these:
1. Does what the dentist recommended seem appropriate? No fluoride and waiting till after a year? She also suggested wiping his teeth after BF and nightweaning him.
2. What can she do to help stop further decay? Any natural remedies for such a young baby? Should she brush with fluoride toothpaste? Homeopathic remedies for infant??
3. Why would a baby so young have this happen to him and could it be genetics? She was brushing his teeth but with no toothpaste or anything. His teeth chipped so soon after they came out and it is only the top teeth.
4. Is it common for such young babies to have this? Maybe since he teethed so young?
Thanks in advance. I really tried to look but everyone's baby seemed so much older than he is. I am glad to have all the info. My DD is 6 months old with no teeth yet so I am learning all I can to hopefully prevent them in her!)
APing, BFing, CDing, SAHM to my sweet little daughter Abby