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#1 of 4 Old 04-22-2013, 05:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DS is about 16 months old. In the past couple of months, I've noticed white creeping from his gum line down his four front teeth. No problem with the other teeth (he has a thick upper frenulum--perhaps causing food to get caught?). There was one spot on a tooth that was tinted a light brown. We are vigilant to brush his teeth morning and night with a homemade coconut oil based toothsoap.

 

We lean towards traditional eating/paleo. He has been taking FCLO since he was about 10 months old. He's also never been introduced to grains or sugar or juices. Just a bit of raw honey here or there and whole fruits. He loves his sauerkraut, veggies, and bone broth. 

 

For about three weeks, I've been giving him butter oil and also Vitamin K2 supplements (naturally occurring from Natto). I've also been using baking soda on his teeth about once or twice a week. His teeth were improving a lot. The little brown spot lightened and the white buildup went down. But then it just stopped improving. He still has a little spot and some white buildup, just not as much.

 

I'm just wondering if I should be concerned and contact a dentist. Should I keep watching it to see if it improves/gets worse? There is no decay that I can see...the tooth is still smooth and normal looking except for the discoloration. Any advice would be awesome!


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When my now-seven year old had discoloration, I supplemented him with a liquid calcium from the health food store for a few months until it started to improve, at which point I started slacking off on it (though I should have continued since it seemed to be working).


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If the tooth is hard and smooth and you don't see any decay, I wouldn't worry about it.  It sounds like you healed what was becoming a cavity.  You can take him to the dentist if it would ease you though.  No harm in a dentist checking it out.  But watching it and continuing what you're doing is what I do.  

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Thanks, ladies. I've read a lot of other forums since my original post and understand that the thick frenulum is probably what is causing the problem. I wonder if anyone gets them clipped at this age? I know it would surely require anesthesia which worries me, but wouldn't it be better than having the same for dental work down the road?

 

I guess the best thing to do is just watch and check for softening. I would take him to the dentist if I wasn't sure they'd never get a look in his mouth. He won't let strangers touch him and goes ballistic if they invade his space, so I do my best to protect him from those situations.


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