DD, now 3.5, had major dental work when she was 18 months due to cavities. We had to put her under general anesthesia. It was horrible. Since then she is cavity free
because we changed our diet and insisted on her having better dental hygine along with some temporary routines that we phased out as she showed signs of remaining decay free (small amounts of GSE in her drinking water to help kill bacteria, xylitol, etc). Side note: She still nurses
and while our dentist said not weaning her would cause more cavities, she is proving our dentist wrong!
DS, still nursing as well, came along in March 2005. Needless to say, when he began teething, we were extremely faithful in keeping good dental hygine and he has been on our fairly whole foods diet since he began solids. Much to our shock and dismay, we found decay on his teeth last week.
I KNOW this isn't my fault. As best I could, I did everything right this time around. Hence, my question. Everything I read says genetics doesn't play that big a part in cavities, yet, my son was not a prime candidate for them and now he has some.
All I can assume is that it must be genetics, but I have no way of knowing....however, my side of the family does have a long history of lots of cavities and other dental problems......
So how big a role does genetics really play in cavities?