Well, MY dd just had her first dental visit today (she will be 4 next mth). I knew she had some decay (a bit between the two front teeth and quite a few small brown spots on molars). Turns out she has 11 altogether. Lovely, lol!
Her brother, btw, was cavity free this time
(last visit over a year and a half ago, he had 6 tiny carries filled; took me 2 mths to pay it off, all out of pocket for merc free, lol!), before that, one itty bitty carrie at 7 yrs old (his first ever visit).
Oh, and of course, he is going to need braces (tell me something I didn't know
Odd to me that BOTH were very extended nursers, (dd still does, 1-2 times a day/night, but is very close to stopping altogether)night-nursers, co-sleepers, drank unfluoridated water, and used unfluoridated paste, but here SHE is with almost a dozen cavities years before her brother every got ONE! Go figure. Our diet WAS much better than it is now when her brother was her age (I don’t think he had refined sugar before age 4 or 5) but for his first few years, it wasn’t all that hot otherwise. She hardly has refined sugar; once a week, tops.
Oh, and we've lived in Houston since she was 6 mths old, as opposed to Portland. Other differences? Not that I know of. She DID have iv antibiotics last year, but I am not aware that they were at a time/of a kind which can damage teeth.
I endured the fluroide "lecture" (though he was respectful of my choice and limited it to asking my reasons(I had written, "no fluoride treatment, please" on their forms; never actually said I didn't use it at all; even if I did, I would be cautious of such concentrated levels, JMO) and commenting that he "hardly ever saw kids with cavities anymore, unless they came from somewhere with no fluoride in the water."
Could have said, well, I grew up with it in the water and paste and my teeth were rotten as a kid, only stopped rotting when I stopped using/drinking it as an adult, but didn't, lol! Also could have mentioned that I have seen MANY children with FAR worse teeth than hers at earlier ages who DID use fluoride.
Anyway, "guilt trips" aside, she did very well with the cleaning and exam, and we will have to go back more than once to get it all done.
I really wanted him to do the worst first (the front teeth) and then the small ones in the back teeth, but he wants to do the back ones first, then do the fronts. (IF she will let him, he says; if not, he suggests he refers us to a specialist. I'm thinking, gee, it doesn't look THAT bad! Barely noticable)
Our state insurance drops dental and vision coverage at the end of the month, so we are trying to get as much as it will cover done before then (I will still be paying extra out of pocket for non-merc fillings)
Also, we plan on doing sealants for DS next visit (covered, and while I have heard opposing views on them, I think it would be preferable to cavities. Opinions? (A dentist we used elsewhere once said one concern he had was the possibility of food/bacteria becoming trapped under the sealant if it became loose, and making for worse decay.)
I would adopt a "only fix them if they threaten her perm. teeth/cause discomfort/they will fall out any=way approach, but I gather the bacteria will tend to accelerate decay if not cleaned up. (This dentist said, "It will make her sick." Gee, could you be a little more alarmist, LOL! )
\TIA for any advice/opinions!
Kimberly, mom to Forest, 11 and Lily, 3 (almost 4