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#1 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 10:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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our doc recently told us to wipe down my ds teeth after he nurses throughout the night because the mouth doesnt make as much saliva when sleeping, therefore he might get cavities.

my only problem is i fall asleep right when he starts nursing, so does he. i just dont see it working so that he'll stay asleep.

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I recently read up on this issue, and wiping seems unnecessary.

How old is your son? Has he had problems with cavities?

One study compared the decay-causing levels (sorry can't think of a better way to put that) of different substances. Water was 0.0 and sugar water was 10.0. Breastmilk was 0.1, so basically the same as water.

Breastfeeding at night doesn't cause tooth decay.

llli.org has some articles on this issue that are a good read.
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I agree that night feeding doesn't cause cavities, but if DC HAS cavities already, then night nursing will make them worse. Poor DS is unfortunately a great example of that.

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thanks for the replies. my ds is almost 10 months, so we haven't went to dentist and probably wont til 2 yrs. does that seem a right time to visit dentist? otherwise, how would i even know he has cavities?
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