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Hi everyone,<br>
My dd is 11 months old and except for the occasional taste of food, ebf. I try to eat a good, varied diet and get plenty of exercise w/her. Yesterday I noticed a small chip on my front tooth. I've heard that bfing can contribute to dental problems but don't know if this is true. Has anyone heard of this. I just can't figure out why my tooth has chipped. I've been fortunate to have perfect teeth my whole life...only one cavity when I was younger. Oh and don't worry, I plan on child led weaning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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I'm actually a pediatric dentist. And yes it's true that any kind of milk, including breast milk will break down into sugar. I'm not saying that your dd has a cavity or that you shouldn't bf... The American Academy of Pediatric Dentisty recommends to brush teeth after eating--especially before bedtime...because at bedtime the amount of saliva in your mouth decreases--and if a baby has just had milk and then goes to sleep the milk tends to break down into sugar and it's like sugar sitting on teeth--can cause cavities for some children. On the other hand I breastfeed my ds and obviously strongly believe in the benefits from it too. My best advise to you would be to start brushing after eating before bed or extended periods of sleep--you can brush with oral B stage one with a little toothbrush or a finger sponge.. Second best-- if you don't want to wake your baby at least just wipe off the teeth quickly with the finger sponge or gauze with water. For sure just see a dentist to confirm that it's not a cavity--a cavity in baby teeth moves very quickly but can be fixed way more easily for both you and your dd if you act sooner rather than waiting to see what happens. It's very possible that she just fell and chipped her tooth a little bit and it's not a cavity at all. But, I would make sure to find out. I hope that helps. I always feel so sad when a parent brings a baby in and a cavity has gotten huge-- that parent just was given bad information. I can tell you pediatricians often misdiagnose cavities, go to a dentist--even if just for a consultation.
 

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Thanks so much for your response <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> but it's actually me that has the chipped tooth...any thoughts?<br>
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My goodness, I should have read more closely. Your bf would not contribute to your own chipped tooth. Any trauma of any sort to that area that you can think of? Maybe even biting into something hard? Does it hurt? If so, when does it hurt...cold or hot sensitivities, acute sharp pain, dull ache or pain when you push on it like biting into something. Can you take any medicine that would make the pain go away?
 

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No trauma that I know of...it doesn't hurt either. I have a dentist appt tomorrow so I should be good soon, I just hate the thought of composite in my mouth<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
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Sounds like your taking care of things<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I hope all goes well. Good luck tomorrow.
 
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