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Hello ladies,<br><br>
I noticed something on my 2year old sons tooth so we took him to the ped dentist and long story short he has SEVEN cavities..... all up front we were SHOCKED-- the real stinker was the dentist insisted it was because I still nurse him and that I need to WEAN him right away- especially at night. Now.... my husband is feeling like that's what we should do, and I feel strongly that the dentist is wrong and that its not fair to force him to wean when he's not ready..... help any advice??????<br><br>
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Dentist is wrong<br><br>
Here is some articles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/growing_child/child_health/cavities.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/gr.../cavities.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/20/1/Breastfeeding-Does-Not-Cause-Cavities" target="_blank">http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-heal...Cause-Cavities</a>
 

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I would print out those articles and take them to the dentist or try to find a new dentist. The pediatric dentist quoted in the mothering article is my dd's dentist!
 

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Find a new dentist ASAP..i went to 5 different dentist until i found one that is on the same page as me when it comes to bf and night nursing....he may just have brittle teeth....all 3 of my children had to have caps at an early age...it's ok....ds #3 is getting ready to have iv sedation in a month for 2 caps and a filling...i hate that we have to do it that way but it has to be done. check out the dental threads and you will find a wealth of info.
 

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<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/tooth-decay.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/tooth-decay.html</a><br><br>
Here is some more info for you. There are lots of additional links after the main article for even more info.
 

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Ughhhh...a lot of dentists and pediatricians are shockingly ignorant when it comes to breastfeeding. You got some good links from previous posters...check them out and ignore the dentist!<br><br>
Best of luck with treatment!
 

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Breastmilk on its own will not lead to cavities. But when mixed with other sugars in a kid's mouth, it can. Not every kid, but some. Frequent night nursing also can, because there's not a lot of saliva in the mouth at night to wash away leftover sugars from the daytime and the breastmilk.<br><br>
I nursed both my DDs at night for 2 years. One had some minor decay on a a couple of molars. The other has major decay on her four upper front teeth. So there are other factors involved besides bfing, and of course nursing provides all sorts of other benefits. But after a kid is eating solids, bfing can up the risk of decay. Plenty of mamas do not like to hear this, but it is what it is. That didn't stop me from nursing and if you don't want to, then don't. but it is only protective when it's the ONLY food your child is getting. Once other sugars get into a baby's mouth, all bets can be off in some cases.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Breastmilk on its own will not lead to cavities. But when mixed with other sugars in a kid's mouth, it can. Not every kid, but some. Frequent night nursing also can, because there's not a lot of saliva in the mouth at night to wash away leftover sugars from the daytime and the breastmilk.<br><br>
I nursed both my DDs at night for 2 years. One had some minor decay on a a couple of molars. The other has major decay on her four upper front teeth. So there are other factors involved besides bfing, and of course nursing provides all sorts of other benefits. But after a kid is eating solids, bfing can up the risk of decay. Plenty of mamas do not like to hear this, but it is what it is. That didn't stop me from nursing and if you don't want to, then don't. but it is only protective when it's the ONLY food your child is getting. Once other sugars get into a baby's mouth, all bets can be off in some cases.</div>
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Couldn't you wipe/brush the teeth and have them drink/swish with water before bed? Then there won't be other sugars to mix with the BM?<br><br>
It also seems that metabolic/absorption problems can cause cavities in a child that has a healthy diet. You might want to post in the dental subforum.
 
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