I have read every single post in the dental archives and in current threads and have searched on every internet site I could find (looking fruitlessly for photos of tooth decay that have anything in the world to do with what might be happening with my son). From everything I've read, brown spots or lines indicating cavities/decay are most frequently found near the gumline. What I see are light brown spots, on his two side front teeth, the tops of which are about half way down, and in each case, are large enough to be about 1/3 of his total tooth surface. All four of his front teeth are not as white as any other of his teeth, but we thought that was from the iron supplements he took for months (stopped over 2 months ago). I've read a lot about brown spots ending up being decay in posts, but given where I am seeing them, could they be something else? We just started putting flouiride on them, so can't be from that. Is it common to have brown spots where I am seeing them?
I know I have reason to be concerned, because he is 19 mo, BF, nurses pretty frequently at night and in early AM, has frequently taken baby meds for teething just before bedtime (did not know they contained sucrose), andhe is wild about carbs (his word for all food is crackers). And worst, we have been negligent in making sure he brushes his teeth regularly. No excuses for that. Like every other mother who has confronted the possibility that my negligence might cause my precious baby pain, I am feeling anquish. But also, doing everything I can even before we make it into the dentist.
Thanks for any help-