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I was just watching the news in Minneapolis, and they had a piece on cavities in small children. I am currently dealing with cavities in my 21 month old son, so the story caught my eye. However, during the piece they had a dentist comment as to some of the causes. He said bottles, sippy cups with juice, candy, and breastfeeding are all causes of cavities in children under 5. This makes me angry, because it's <b>not true</b>. Because of my sons problems, I have done a great deal of reasearch in the last several weeks. None of the reasearch says that breastfeeding causes cavities. The dental profession has formed an opinion (no matter how correct), and they bully anyone who disagrees with them. My daughter has perfect teeth, and she breastfed for 27 months. Okay, I'm done for now. Thanks for listening.<br><br>
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my ds has some yellow bands on his teeth. when i got them looked at when he was one and a half, the dentist told me to wean, that it was pre-caries, and it was caused by night nursing. but it wasnt cavities yet so i had "time to save his teeth" if i weaned. i refused to wean and instead strictly limited his sugar and brushed as best i could. ETA: we nursed till he was well past 3 years old btw.<br><br>
fast forward to age 4 and a half. different dentist. she did ex-rays. no cavities. the yellowing is something he was born with she says, when the teeth were forming. that i could get them cosmetically fixed if i wanted, but why bother cuz they will fall out at 6 or 7 anyway.<br><br>
so yeah. i hear you.
 

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I thought it was the bacteria in the mouth, aided by an acidic mouth environment (often caused by the aforementioned practices) that caused caries (of course with genetics and prenatal health playing an important role).
 

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Have posted about this here before. Will just cut & paste from my own post from a few years back, if y'all will forgive ...<br><br><br><br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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You know, there is maybe a connection, but you know what? It's more genetics than anything else.<br><br><br><br><br>
I have great teeth. Very rarely have I had any problems, and on top of that, I am totally hugely neglectful of my teeth.<br><br>
DH has miserable teeth. He cleans and flosses and cares for them obsessively, and always has, but he still has all sorts of problems, and always has.<br><br><br>
Sssssooooo ...<br><br>
DS#1 nursed through the night for the first three years of his life, and he had terrible nursing caries. His front teeth were almost totally brown by the time he was two. He spent a lot of hours in the dentist's chair by the time he turned four ... (but he did deal with it beautifully) ...<br><br>
Anyway, DD#1 nursed through the night for the first three years of her life, too. And her teeth are fine. No cavities, no caries, no nothin'. Pearly white and all that.<br><br><br><br><br>
DS#1 got DH's teeth genes. DD#1 got mine. Luck of the draw.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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And adding that both DS#2 and DD#2 seem to have b'H my dental genes ... both nursed through the night for 3+ years, and so far nothing to report. b'H.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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