ETA: I would proceed with the Cure Tooth Decay protocol until you can find a dentist. ...
Unfortunately that particular dentist is on vacation but they squeezed us in to have a hygenist look at her this morning and to have the other dentist (also a woman) take a quick peek. The good news is I nursed DD2 right after the dentist looked at her teeth and no one even blinked. The bad news is that she has 6 cavities. All of them advanced enough to require filling and drilling. It could take as many as 4 visits.
The good news is the cavities in front may not be quite as close to the gums as I thought.
I came in at the end and DH was the one that discussed remineralization with them before I got there (I was completing the paperwork). When I got there she started to explain why we couldn't give that a shot but in my heart I knew intervention would be necessary so I spared her having to explain it. Partly because I want to build a little good will on the issue of oral (as opposed to topical) fluoride.
We got into that a little bit at the end. I think DH is leaning towards oral fluoride but I'm hoping he forgets about it until her next appt. Which isn't until Sept. That might give me a chance to remin once I get the MI paste. But I don't know how much of a difference that would make at this point.
I will certainly ask them to check to see if there has been any remineralization but I'm guessing at best it might limit the amount of drilling necessary.
They don't have the monitoring equipment for Gen'l Anaesthesia, so that's not an issue. Nitrous is out since toddlers tend to fight the mask. Although DH might try to get her used to a particle mask.
Valium is a possibility but the dentist said Benadryl might work as well and we can try that in advance,
I did get the Sonicare flexcare electric tooth brush. Now I need to find the compact heads. That might have the additional benefit of getting her used to having a large buzzing instrument in her mouth.
Thanks for all of the info and moral support.
BTW, I will be posting separately about a cavity fighting lollipop with Chinese Licorice Root. I'm wondering if anyone else has heard of it.