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Ds (who still night-nurses at 14 months) has white spots on his teeth--which I suspect to be demineralization.<br><br>
His sister still has no cavities--at age 6. She stopped nursing at about 5 or 6 months.<br><br>
So, I'm starting to blame the night-nursing, even though I keep reading "don't blame the nursing."<br><br>
Also, she got fluoride tablets, and he hasn't. I'm feeling guilty about that, too, since he now possibly has demineralization, but I read on these boards that fluoride is bad.<br><br>
So, should I quit night-nursing and give him fluoride???????/ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: (I don't really want to.)<br><br>
BTW the white spots are on his top front teeth near the biteline.
 

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Both of my kids were born 5 weeks early, both nursed at night, dd weaned at 20 mos, ds is almost 18 mos and still nursing. DD has 5 crowns and 3 fillings that were done the day after she turned 2, ds has nothing wrong with his teeth (well, he has one tooth that came in with a corner missing- looks like a broken tooth, but we've had it checked 3 times and it's not decay). They both have/had their teeth brushed the same and neither have had fluoride.<br><br>
Some kids are just more prone to cavities, but I would have a trip to the dentist to have it checked out.
 

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Don't be too hard on your self with the guilt, Mama!! I can say that now, but I have also been where you are, feeling major amounts of guilt! The fact that you are here, getting info and making decisions is all positive!!!!<br>
Your ds, for whatever reason, has more of the bacteria in his mouth than your dd, and he will need more diligent brushing, and.....flouride could be very helpful in his case, but you don't necessarily need to night wean. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Read some of Sozobe's posts. She chose to NOT wean at night and approached the bacteria with diligent brushing...(after every thing that passed her dd's lips). She used flouride am & pm and non-flouride all the other times. Her dd has not had any more cavities since the first ones that were found.<br>
I second the recommendation to get a check up as soon as possible so that a dentist can determine the extent of the demineralization or decay. If it is really at the first stage of demineralization, that can be turned around with flouride. And then once you get everything good and strong, and the s.mutans (bacteria) are down to a normal level, then you can lay off the flouride again.<br>
Read some of Smilemomma's posts on flouride. There's a thread called "flouride?". Also "remineralization and diet for healthy teeth" & "dental caries-causes and prevention" are both good threads to read thru. There's another one titled something like "told to wean....etc" Maybe do a search with "wean" for that one.<br>
If you really don't want to night wean, you can take other approaches to getting his teeth strong and healthy again. Flouride can be a good thing.......<br>
After reading Smilemomma's post, I feel that flouride has its place. Not to be abused or over used tho.<br>
How often are you brushing now?<br>
My dd's demineralization started around 15 months. I was not aware of these boards and had very little info on how to deal. I was continuing to brush her teeth once a day and she was still mostly bf'ing with some healthy solids. Her decay progressed SO fast. It was scary. So don't wait to see a dentist and whatever you decide to do, begin your routine asap.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We brush at least two or three times daily. I just started using fluoride toothpaste for him--previously we had been using non-fluoride. (I think, after reading some of Smilemomma's posts, that using fluoride toothpaste is enough, and we won't have to give him the drops or tablets. Is that correct?)<br><br>
Actually *I* wouldn't mind sleeping more at night and not nursing! But my son throws a fit every time I try that. And, I work during the day and I'm not pumping anymore, so it is the time for him to get his milk, kwim?<br><br>
My dh doesn't think there is a problem--and I really hope he is right. He doesn't really like the ped dentist we currently have for my daughter, so we are going to take my son to our general dentist, whom my dh likes more. HOPEFULLY there will be no or minimal damage!<br><br>
(And, BTW, this general dentist that my dh likes, said night nursing is FINE the last time my dh asked him about it. That's really rare I think--to find a dentist who will actually say that.)<br><br>
Are there any times when white spots can be normal and not signs of demineralization? I only saw the spots when ds was out in bright sunlight. I don't see them normally.
 

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That's great that you have an informed general dentist...yes, it seems to be rare<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
I have read in the archives that babies teeth can often be streaked with white and translucent lines.....but since you are questioning, I would definitely take him to see the dentist then you would know for sure.<br>
As for the night nursing....IMO, 14 months is young and like you said that is his time to get his milk. I night weaned at 20 months because of dental problems. (Actually a gradual thing between 20-24 months.) But I felt good about the whole process, cuz it gave me an improvement in my day energy, and it felt right for dd too. At 14 months, it never would have happened....
 

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White lesions can lead to cavities, yes (if that's what they are) BUT they are reversible. Fluoride toothpaste helps them remineralize, and then they are even harder than the regular tooth. Dd has some remineralized white lesions that are fine, and the dentist says not to worry about them at all.<br><br>
Definitely second the recommendation of having a dentist check 'em out!
 

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my son is 12 mon and still nursing still up all night and his teeth look awful one has come in sideways and gappy and crocked he was prescribed floride and i wont use it ive done alot of research and it says no so i feel you. They tell me his teeth will be fine but i feel guilty beacause i dont drink milk. Who knows good luck.
 
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