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#1 of 11 Old 12-27-2005, 03:57 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Is there a way to remineralize, or at least slow the process of a cavity? DC is 6 years old and this is a newly-forming cavity in a baby tooth. I'd rather avoid the expense and trauma/drama of having the thing drilled and filled if it is feasible....
Any advice appreciated!
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hello sierratahoe, I am interested to see what responses you get to your question. In a rather long-winded and roundabout way, I posted a similar question, your post is much more to the point!
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which tooth? Maybe it can be drilled a little bit and sealed?
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Check your yellow pages and find a dentist that uses either the water laser or air abraision. Our 7 yo ds just had a molar filling replaced yesterday using air abraision (the original was done with the water laser technique). It took all of 15 minutes and NO NEEDLES! He said it felt fine, no pain or discomfort and he wants to go see this dentist again!

With air abraision, only the decay and the tiniest bit of healthy tooth is removed (MUCH better than the old drill-n-fill). Then, they use a tooth-coloured "resin" to fill the area.

It IS important, imo, to take care of these baby cavities. Go see the dentist and see what they say. Maybe, if it is one of the first teeth to be lost, they will wait on it. But, if it is in a molar, those will be around for awhile, and taking care of it now (while it IS small) is a helluva lot easier than later!
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thanks everybody! I will find out if our dentist does the air abrasion- sounds a lot better than the ol' drill.

I was just so bummed that DC has a cavity. I've never had one, myself, and I was shocked that DC had developed one- made me feel like a failure or something But we're treating this as a wake-up call for the whole family, that we need to be more aware and more careful with brushing and flossing! So we'll get this one taken care of and hope it is the first and only one we have to deal with. Thanks again for the advice!!
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have been feeling terrible since yesterday, finding out my almost 6 year old has two starter cavities. I feel like I cried all day. I know it's not the end of the world, but like you felt like I should have been able to keep that spot between the two teeth clean.

Thank you for posting your question and I too will look for water lazer or air abraision options.

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I had a small filling done this way it was quick- under 5 min., painless with no freezing done. It was only an option because it was so small. All the best.

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Hi,
My son [2 yrs old]according to his dentist had, at least, 6 tiny cavities plus 1 large one in his teeth. That was August 1st. The dentist had Trenton scheduled for surgery in October. My mom and I began giving him homeopathic remedies [Calc fluor, Calc phos, Mag Phos, & Silica/also Hypericum perf 6x] to strengthen his teeth inside and all kinds of Xylitol stuff for strengthening his teeth outwardly. [Spiffies, Spry, Zellies, XyliChew, Epic, XyliMax, etc. etc. candies/chewing gum, mouth spray].

Unfortunately, Trenton does not walk - he bounces, skips, jumps, gallops, etc. and in doing so fell hitting his mouth and breaking 2 of his front teeth. So I took him back to the dentist, he [the dentist] discovered that accept for the damaged front teeth and the larger cavity all the tiny ones had remineralized.

We then took Trenton to another dentist who advised us to wait and see, if it didn't bother me about his broken teeth [the cavity in the back he said was no longer increasing], and it wasn't bothering my son.

Anyway, visit www.zellies.com this is a website about Xylitol and its benefits written by a dentist/pediatric dentist. It is very informative and Dr. Ellies Xylitol products are yummy.

Hope this helps.
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If it is really small and not bothering him at all, you could wait but it will probably only get bigger. Depending on the dentist and what instruments they use it may not be a huge deal. Sometimes they can use a spoon excavator and scoop out the decay. Good luck
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Hi, I don't know if we can respond to 2005 questions in 2008 , but check out www.zellies.com, www.xlear.com, www.epicdental.com. My mom and I have remineralized my 2.5 yr old son's teeth with Xylitol.

These sites will inform you of all the proven benefits of Xylitol for babies, children and adults.

Zellies was written by a pediatric/general dentist, the other two were developed by general dentists.
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