Thanks for that link!! I'm a huge breastfeeding advocate, and I've always stuck to my guns that breastfeeding does not cause tooth decay. But this is child #3 with tooth decay. I keep thinking I'm doing something better that will prevent it, such as no-sugar diet, no juice, etc.....but this baby has the worst decay yet!!
I found an article that talks about nutritional deficiencies (a mothering article!!) So, I'm going to add in Vit. D, Vit. C, calcium, fish liver oil, and maybe butter (we are all on a gluten (wheat) free and casein (dairy) free diet). The GFCF diet is probably the reason for some of the deficiencies of certain nutrients.
Here is the link:http://www.mothering.com/articles/gr.../cavities.html
Here is part of the article:
Over the years, Spence has treated tooth decay in young patients with vitamin D therapy. "I have seen soft teeth harden after cod liver oil and lots of butter are added to the diet." Sunshine, cod-liver oil, fortified dairy products, butter, eggs, liver, and oily fish like salmon and tuna are sources of vitamin D. (Since vitamin D is toxic at high levels and is stored in body fat, the RDA of 400 IUs should not be exceeded.)
"Our teeth naturally re-mineralize themselves with the calcium in our own saliva," Spence says. "We can assist this process by eating vitamin D-rich foods, which increase the absorption of calcium." Because fluoride is a neurotoxin and inhibits the absorption of calcium, Spence recommends against fluoride treatments. He also advises his patients to avoid sugar, on which the ECC bacteria thrive.
Spence's nutritional suggestions are supported by a 1996 study that found that a combination of vitamin D, vitamin C, and calcium reversed early decay in children at the white lesion stage.22 And according to the NIDCR website, "Supplementing with vitamins during the first several years of life reduces the prevalence of linear enamel hypoplasia, a caries-associated condition common in lower-income populations that can increase the risk of caries as much as tenfold."23 According to an article in the Journal of Pediatrics, nutritional rickets, a result of a dietary deficiency of vitamin D, is making a comeback in the US, especially among dark-skinned infants--the same infants who are most at-risk for epidemic levels of ECC, according to the CDC, and the least likely to be breastfed, according to LLLI.24