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#1 of 2 Old 02-24-2010, 12:43 PM - Thread Starter
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PLEASE HELP! My youngest child, who's 2 and a half, apparently has some cavities forming in her 2 year molars. None of my other children had any dental issues of this sort, and I'm at a loss about how to handle it! I wouldn't even have had her teeth looked at, but her 4 year old brother was at his first dental appointment, and she was willing. Needless to say, the 4 year old's teeth are just fine.

Our local family dentist has suggested that she have the spots filled to prevent further decay. She says the spots are very small (I can't even see them) She answered many of my questions about amalgam fillings vs resin, and she states that she does not use amalgam in her practice unless it's a very difficult hole to fill - not necessarily because of the mercury component, but because she feels that with experience in use, the resin ones work better. She doesn't do work on young children, so she recommended a paediatric dentist in Halifax - who refused to see us because I have requested (based on my research, and the info from the local dentist) that my child not receive the amalgam fillings (if fillings are the route we're to take at all...). I just spoke to a second dentist recommended to us, and she's refusing to even give us a consultation to see if it's possible not to use the amalgam, even though she states that she decides in a case by case way whether or not to use them. She admitted that the amalgam are easiest/cheapest/best for her, but would not even touch the subject of "are they best to have in the mouth of a two year old". I assume she's refusing the consultation because she agrees that they're not the safe option, and just sticks to dealing with parents who don't ask.

So now we're left not knowing what to do! I just moved to NS last summer and don't know how to find a more holistic dentist! There certainly aren't any in my area...

Anyone? Anything? Your experiences? Your recommendations? Help.
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I am not sure I would assume that she is refusing because she thinks the amalgam fillings are bad - actually I think that is pretty unlikely. I think she may well think that in at least some cases they are a better choice, and is unwilling to promise to do something she thinks might not be the best choice.

In my experience very few medical people actually want to go ahead with techniques and procedures that are not good for their patients. They may have strange ideas about what is safe, but that is not the same at all.

I would see her and find out what she would recommend in this instance, and why.

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