My 8yo son loves going to the dentist! We always made brushing fun, the dentist and crew are fun, and check-ups have always gone well. He loves having his teeth 'shined'!
Bad news: One of his 'baby' molars (third molar back) came in with little enamel. It looks dark, and his dad and I brushed it like crazy to get it clean before the dentist told us he doesn't have much enamel on it. DS's history: He had 'baby vitamins' for his first 4 months (my pre-Mothering days), was breastfed for a year, drank flourinated water, and had his teeth brushed since he was ~1yo. His dad or I did the evening brushing everyday until he was 8; we still occasionally brush his teeth to keep an eye on things. He just got sealants on all his molars.
I'm worried because my sister's adult teeth all came in with no enamel, and I've seen all the time, pain and money that have gone into bridges, caps, etc.
The adult teeth (the front ones) that have come in look fine...
Lots of questions:
1. What causes little or no enamel? Genetics? Vitamins and minerals? Other?
2. Does this indicate what his adult teeth will be like?
3. What can we do to 'strengthen' the tooth?
Smilemomma: Thanks for all the time you put into this!! I've been a reader for years!