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A few months ago when Keegan's molars came in, I noticed two of them had brown spots. I didn't think much of it because the teeth had just come in! Within a few weeks of noticing this, they got worse and I saw small holes......cavities.<br>
We took him in to the pediatric dentist and $700 later they were fixed. It ws an AWFUL experience. He didn't react well to the gas and oral sedative and instead of becoming calm, it had the opposite effect. We had to hold him down while he thrashed and he even bit the doctor several times. This was just a few months ago. Now I noticed 2 more on his front teeth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't understand. We brush his teeth, he doesn't get anything but water before bed, etc. I've been reading on here and I'm looking into Xylitol, but is it something that will reverse the cavities or do I bring him back into the dentist, get them all fixed and use the Xylitol as a preventative? I'm obviously going to get them fixed if they need to be, but we can't afford this!
 

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We actually bought Spry toothpaste, Spry gum, and some Xylitol granules, but I'm still curious how exactly I should use the Xylitol and what the time frame is on healing cavities. I guess I need to make a decision on whether to bring him in again or wait and see what the Xylitol does.
 

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Sorry you had such an awful experience.<br><br>
Have you looked into MI paste, or (if cavities were in the fissures) getting sealants? Not the most natural things but they might prevent more problems. Not sure about things to actually heal cavities - wish I knew that one myself! (although do check out below link re. MI paste link)-<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=842402" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=842402</a> - not sure if this will help but worth a view. There's a post directing to some useful yahoo dental groups.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=840969" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=840969</a> - some personal stories of success healing/reversing caries using MI Paste<br><br>
Haven't used xylitol myself yet (still looking for a way to get it here).<br><br>
I'm sure you're more careful than I was, but I just discovered another discoloured spot on lateral incisor...and realized that I had been missing it during brushing - so now I have to systematically go through her mouth, tooth by tooth which makes brushing even more of an ordeal than it was!<br><br>
Don't be hard on yourself; you're doing the best you can. Maybe he has an enamel defect? (can be caused by things such as fever during pregnancy). I consoled myself with realizing there's a lot worse health issues we could deal with other than dental caries. But it still sucks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Quite a few parents have had a great result with their children's cavities: stopped the decay and remineralized the dentin so that it is harder than normal dentin. That's the best case scenario. It's usually a combination of dietary changes (see the book Nourishing Traditions), supplementation with high vitamin cod liver oil, butter oil. Some have used remineralizing pastes. Some have used xylitol. Some have used fluoride, sparingly and topically. Some do family disinfection regimes to stop family members from spreading nasty decay-causing bacteria.<br><br>
I think xylitol is worthwhile to use. Once you have cavities, xylitol helps to prevent the further spread by killing bacteria and preventing adhesion to teeth. It also creates a more alkaline mouth environment, which facilitates remineralization. It seems to operate via several mechanisms. Studies in older children have demonstrated that it helps with the formation of hard secondary dentin in cavities where the enamel is completely gone - effectively "healing" the cavity:<br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9688223?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9...ubmed_RVDocSum</a><br>
Look at using it about 5x per day, not just there and there.<br><br>
It's so upsetting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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