Thanks so much, Smilemomma. I guess I can't be your hero...we can probably count the times my 6yo has flossed on the fingers of 1 hand! I do have some of that flavored floss though ( my older son likes it) and maybe we'll try to do that and switch to a flouride toothpaste from Tom's instead of that gel. He can't stand the taste,and if flossing is more important, I'd rather focus on that.
That said, the dentist who found these cavities will not do the white fillings, and gave me all kinds of reasons why not, so I have decided to go to another dentist who seems much more agreeable, and who is supportive of some more natural approaches to dental care. She is even supportive of extended breastfeeding! The problem is, I can't even get in until Jan. 9. Of course we'll have to do an exam before we can schedule fillings...will this be too long to wait? On the X-ray, the cavities look quite tiny, will scrupulous cleaning keep them at bay for the next month, in your opinion? The time between will also give me a chance to talk to him some more and hopefully assuage some of his fear, but I don't want them to get out of hand.
Imagine silver fillings illegal in some countries for children! Someone should tell that dentist who wants to put 4-5 little globs of that stuff in my little ones mouth!