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post #41 of 50
You could make her something with xylitol in it and ask her to eat it last. Or..does she like cheese? Pack her some cheddar chz, it is great for teeth!
post #42 of 50
How old does a kid have to be to chew gum??

I know they make xylitol mouthwash. That might be useful for younger kids who are OK with rinsing and spitting.
post #43 of 50
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How old does a kid have to be to chew gum??

I know they make xylitol mouthwash. That might be useful for younger kids who are OK with rinsing and spitting.
I have no idea, it probably depends on the kid. I've got a two year old and he's very uninterested in gum. Once he becomes interested, the next step will be seeing if he can resist the temptation to swallow it.
post #44 of 50
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone thinks that tight teeth spacing could be a cause of cavities. I see some toddlers with very large spaces between their teeth, and others (like my DS) with no spaces at all. I worry about that, and have been trying to floss his teeth at night.
post #45 of 50
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I would say, yes, teeth spacing probably is a big factor. All my DD's cavities are between her very tight molars. I also have a mouth full of very tight teeth. Even dentists comment on how tricky it is to get floss in between my teeth. Waxed varieties are a must for me.

We floss twice a day (hopefully this helps). But I found for myself, using the right kind of floss was key. I used to use Glide floss (because my teeth are so tight) but Glide wasn't getting my teeth clean enough. Now I use Johnson and Johnson waxed and it works great.
post #46 of 50
OK, I'd better be careful and start flossing. I'm also hoping that a more TF diet, with supplements like cod liver oil, with help with the spacing of his teeth.
post #47 of 50

Hang on....

We took my son to a clinic last year for his 6 month check up and were informed that he had 5 cavities, which shocked me, too. He had previously gone to a private dentist, but we no longer have insurance, so I took him to the clinic for free. I decided that I had to have a second opinion because 5 cavities out of nowhere seemed a bit...off to me. Fast forward to a week later and the private dentist's opinion. 2 cavities, both very small and not 5. When I asked why we were told that DS had 5 large cavities at the clinic, he explained that some of the newer technologies that are being used literally look for cavities, or empty pockets in the teeth, which is, of course, different from decay. Most likely, what was found by the clinic were the cavities in the teeth, not decay. I would urge you to go to another 'old-school' dentist that actually does the manual exam and takes the time to probe with the little metal hook into all of the teeth. It saved us $$$$$$ and DS having to get his "cavities" filled.
post #48 of 50
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post #49 of 50
Myself and my 2 DDs are prone to bad teeth due to EDS which effects collagen. My 3 1/2 year olds teeth are slowly rotting away and my 1 1/2 year old is heading the same way. Considering their diet they shouldn't be getting bad teeth but I fear its the way it goes!!!!!!

Unfortunutely, their problems are really obvious so people like to think we don't brush their teeth etc which is as far from the truth as possible

I do have to wonder though whether maybe there is a pollutant that increases these problems because it seems that a lot of kids with really good diets are still getting tooth problems.
post #50 of 50
My just turned 3 year old went to the dentist the other day and has 4 cavitites all in her molars. I am really upset about it. He wants to fill two of them now and wait in the others b/c they're small.

Our diets haven't been as great as I would like since ds was born, but we still probably eat better than a lot of people.

I, too, feel guilty, even though we take good care of her teeth. I'm not sure where to go from here. I've slacked on giving her CLO so I'll start that again along with improving our diet. But if she keeps getting more cavities, I think I'm really going to freak out.
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