Reassurances... My teeth, the baby's teeth.
I'm sorry to be "fishing", but I need just a little reassurance that I'm doing this an appropriate way...
I have had a long history with soda, poor nutrition and poor dental hygiene. I'm 28 years old now, 11 months into nursing my first baby, and things are finally catching up.
I'm getting prepared to have about 14 fillings either done or replaced, including all of my amalgams, and fillings at the gumline on 10 of my front teeth (all 6 on top and 4 on the bottom) in a very long, very sedated appointment.
Did I mention I have terrible dentist anxiety from having an accessory nerve, leaving my to feel every filling I ever got until I was 21?
So the dentist has confirmed (besides knowing it all along) that my extreme dental decay and decalcification is entirely due to soda consumption, most likely coupled with lack of hygiene. I'm entirely on the care train now, but wish I hadn't waited until I was a parent to learn that I need to take care of my body because this is the only one I will get.
So anyway, the reassurances... I've of course cut soda out of my diet entirely, and we originally added in vitamin K2, calcium, fish oil, prenatal vitamin (regular adult vitamin for DH), and iron supplements when I got pregnant. We now brush with coconut oil 2x daily using the Bass brushing method with standard toothbrushes, floss before brushing in the pm, and DH and I use ACT flouride mouthwash 2x.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD DO TO MAKE SURE THIS KIND OF DENTAL FUTURE DOESN'T HAPPEN TO MY BABY BESIDES ACTUALLY CARE FOR HER TEETH AND GIVE HER SUPPLEMENTS WHEN SHE IS BIGGER?
My DH has fantastic teeth despite also being spotty on hygiene and nutrition here and there. So far, DD's 4 baby teeth are gorgeous and pearly white and the most beautiful teeth I've ever seen. Does this seem to imply that we are caring for her teeth appropriately?
Thank you to all who reply, I appreciate all recommendations if you have any. Thank you!