I grew up in America but now live in the UK with my DH and our two boys. My second son is having some issues with his teeth that are clearly genetic and nothing I have done wrong (or even right! - they just are!). He got his teeth early ( first 2 at 2 months and then one every month - by a year of age he had 16 teeth and got all 20 at 22 months of age!). A lot of these teeth came in 'grey' looking (no, nothing dodgy in pregnancy - but he is an April baby so when the teeth developed was mid winter...lack of Vitamin D maybe?!) and whitened up over time (calcium/VitD/K supplements, homeopathy, etc!). He then lost two teeth at 10 months of age and chipped two others during an accident (that took me longer to recover from than him! - First trip to A&E more than 5 years after becoming a parent! hahah) and well...his teeth just never have seemed strong. A lot of his molars are all chipped up/cracked! :( He had a sever lip tie up until 14 months of age (when he was pushed over and it got split - which was probably the best for his oral health really!). Life has just not been kind to his teeth. With a strict diet we have managed to avoid decay until recently. A few of his molars now have decay. It was a weird decay though - it started on the inside of his teeth and worked its way out :( .....
Anyroad - to make a long story short, I want to know what options are. The UK seems to be severly behind in dental treatment options. Our dentist said that 'gas and air' was 'dangerous' (where did this lady get her education from?!!). I remember my dentist back in America has 'flavours' of gas and air to choose from...it certainly made any dental treatment as a small child a lot more enjoyable and smooth going! And, imo, it is far from dangerous! Here, they either drill and fill or put them under a general anasthetic where they do NOT fix but remove...my son is missing enough teeth as it is and they just DO not know what a 'spacer' is in this country either!!!
So - I wnat to know what to throw at my dentist. They want to cap a lot of his teeth. A friend told me how they do this - sounds traumatic and not something I want for him!
I also remember I chipped a front tooth as a child. My dentist, at the age of 8 fixed that for me. It wasn't capped. It wasn't drilled. He used something 'wet' and mouldable and made me a new tooth and at 30 I still have it - good as ever! I lost 3/4ths of a front tooth when I chipped it and no one can tell that 3/4th of that tooth is 'fake'...but what did they use?! Why can't they fix some of his teeth that way (the chipped ones - not the decaying ones!). What was it that my dentist used?!
We never go back to Cali because we can't afford it but after over a decade we finally can! I am wondering if it would be worth seeing a dentist for him there instead? (get a spacer put in!) - but it would be rather short notice and I don't know what costs we would be looking at and we wouldn't be able to go back and see him (any further seeing to would be done here in the UK).
So I would love to hear from any dentists on here - very much so! Thank you so much! :)
Also - a friend of mine has always had really bad enamel. A lot of the enamel just didn't form on her adult teeth - espeically the backs of them. To keep her teeth 'safer' they sealed the backs of them?!...I am not sure what the correct term is for that. That sounds a lot better to me than capping his front teeth.... ?!
I have never had any problems with my first son and my dentist is always shocked this boy has never had a bottle!