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#1 of 3 Old 03-13-2014, 10:25 AM - Thread Starter
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DD was born at 27 weeks, transitioned to oral feeds as quick as one could, got EBM for a year, and eats normally. She brushes her teeth (and we help) okay, but not great (a bit of an oral aversion, plus normal toddler-ness). She is now 2.5. She has been to the dentist twice now and they have no concerns. But...

IMO she has enamel hypoplasia on her front and left upper teeth. They are weird shapes and the color is not bright white. I hate to think she'll have these goofy looking teeth for several more years, but oh well. When we went to the dentist, I was asking about the teeth (didn't use the term enamel hypoplasia b/c I didn't know about it yet). They said " it's just the enamel, her teeth are healthy." They didnt use the term either. Maybe they don't know about it? If her teeth are not decaying, is there anything else that should be done about her teeth? Not that I want it... Dental work with her would probably require sedation, but still... I'm comfortable with watch and wait but I could try to find a pedi dentist if she is missing out on the care she needs...

Also, have any other preemie moms had preemie-related issues with the permanent teeth?

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Anyone have any experience/advice for this mama!
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She could have enamel hypoplasia. If you are not satisfied with the dentist's answers, you could seek out a pediatric dentist who may be more knowledgeable about kids' teeth. 


Advice would be to make sure you brush her teeth well into elementary school, as my kid's dentist said that children don't have the manual dexterity to brush well until they can write neatly in cursive. 


For what it's worth, Enamel Hypoplasia is manageable, but requires a good relationship with the dentist and excellent home care to keep it from causing decay. 

Twin boys (2/05) and little sister (10/07)
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