I can't offer any advice--sorry!--just commiseration. Just got back from our 1st dentist appt as well (my son is 22 months) and got lots of heat as well for no-flouride and nursing at night. Now I'm feeling super insecure about our choices to co-sleep and night nurse, and to avoid flouride until later---it's a terrible feeling! I would definitely get the opinion of a second (holistic) dentist if I were you. 8 fillings sound pretty intense. The dentist we saw was a bit more moderate---she said flouride treatments would be enough to control the cavities for now, as long as we cut out the night nursing. She's the only dentist our insurance covers, so we're sort of stuck, but I'm definitely going to do as much research as I can about healing cavities naturally. Best of luck to you and your little one!
I wouldn't take my kid back to them for sure, especially if they threatened to call CPS on you. That's ridiculous. I'd definitely seek a second opinion, but make sure I got the care she needed to protect yourself from unnecessary intervention (if CPS gets called, ext.).
Bethany, crunchy Christian mom to Destiny (11) Deanna (9), and Ethan (2)
I would not go back to them either. Just curious, are your children on Medicaid or something of that nature? I know two other moms who were threatened with the same, both regarding extensive dental treatment, both of them had children on Medicaid. The fact that they are demanding you choose them as a provider sends up red flags. My son was once on Medicaid and we felt that at one point his pediatrician was nearing what your dentist is threatening to do, only it was regarding vaccinations. We found another doctor. You have every right to to find another provider and get a second opinion. Are are cavities between here teeth? Fluoride wouldn't be able to reach that area anyway.
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