I first came to MDC after reading the issue of Mothering dealing with cavities this summer. It was perfect timing for me, as I'd just found out to my horror that my 20-month-old dd had 7 cavities. This was really difficult for me to deal with, and MDC helped a lot. One thing I found especially hopeful was reading the updates and happy endings.
So, now it's my turn -- my dd just had her 6-month follow-up exam, and there are NO PROBLEMS! Cavity-free!! I was really really concerned, 'cause there's still a bit of wonkiness (invisible to anyone not obsessively checking her teeth in various types of light, but still) but the dentist said that they were just leftovers from when things were messed up, which were weaker and therefore more susceptible to cavities, yes, but not cavities. WHEW!
What's more -- part of what concerned me so much about the fillings was the worry that it would start a lifelong fear of the dentist. We've talked about it a lot, read books ("Dr. DeSoto" by William Steig is a good one) but I was still concerned how she would react today, especially since this dentist has a policy of not allowing parents to go back with the kids. Well, she went into the assistant's arms with no complaint, and walked out a bit later showing me her bag of goodies, quite calm and composed -- she didn't cry once! Not during the exam, even. The assistant told us she was a bit nervous but very, very good, opening her mouth when asked, etc. We talked about the whole thing later and acted it out, she as the dentist, and she took a cloth and wiped my teeth very gently.
So -- no cavities, she likes the dentist (we had lunch across the street and she said when we were done, "I want to go back so the dentist can brush my teeth!"
), and things are generally better than I ever thought possible 6 months ago. Won't relax my vigilance -- lots and lots of brushing, morning and night with flouride -- but sure is wonderful to know things are fine.