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Hi, I am very new to this forum, and I've done a minimal amount of poking around this morning, but I am having trouble finding the information I need without getting overwhelmed.<br><br>
Two nights ago, as we were brushing my daughter's teeth (she turned two in May) I noticed a brown hole in one of her molars. We've been brushing for a little less than a year, and pretty consistently (ie:every night) for about five or six months, ever since I noticed discoloration and possible enamel wear on her top front teeth. We also floss when we remember or eat certain foods. My husband's family has a long history of cavities, and his nephew had six when he went in for his first dental appointment at age three, so I'm concerned. I was keeping a pretty close eye on her front teeth looking for changes, and so I was really taken aback by how far gone her molar looks!<br><br>
I feel very lost about this situation becuse I have no real base of knowledge about dental issues, other than what I learned as a kid, which may or may not fit in with the health choices we've made for our family as adults. I know that a regular dentist will recommend drilling/filling, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I don't know where to go for resources, either, and my daughter has not ben very cooperative about computer time recently, so I feel like my research time is limited. Plus I want to take care of this as soon as possible!<br><br>
We eat a good diet, daily we eat organic, whole foods, and avoid things that are processed, and artificial flavor and color. She drinks a little bit of OJ with breakfast, but no other juice. We allow some treats (like sweets or ice cream, although not candy) on occasion. She is still nursing at nap time and at night. Her teeth came in on the later side, and she has 16 teeth total, no two year old molars yet. We do not have a pediatrician or do well baby visits. I'm writing all of this in case it triggers any thoughts or advice from people.<br><br>
My biggest questions is, where do I start? Do I go to a family or pediatric dentist and just do what they say? Or are there issues I should be aware of first? Are cavities pretty cut and dry (ie, there's a hole, let's fill it) but then there might be more "natural" things I could do for future prevention? I feel like I don't even know what questions to ask, does that make sense? And I'm feeling a time crunch.<br><br>
Please help!!!!<br><br>
Oh, and I've set up an appointment for me for a cleaning tomorrow with a family dentist, who will see my daughter for a consult on Thursday. But they only give two year olds novacaine, and I don't know if that's going to go over so well if we had the cavity filled, you know? But I want her to see what it's like to visit the dentist before she goes, and I'm due for a cleaning. I figure I can always cancel her appointment if I don't like them or if I get more information that changes things.<br><br>
One more thing, I'm relatively new to the area, and don't know that many people who I can ask for references, especially not people with children who may have had dental experiences already!<br><br>
If you got this far, thanks, and I look forward to any advice you ladies can offer!
 

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*sometimes* discoloration is just that. Discoloration. However, it would be best to get it checked out. If she is cooperative enough, and it is the top of the molar, a dentist can feel for stickiness with the explorer(tooth tickler, tooth counter, whatever name the dentist choses to use). Good luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would start by finding a dentist that you are comfortable with who will work gently with your child. I prefer pediatric dentists for DD, who is 20 months. But I am sure that there are wonderful family dentists that you can find, if you look and really want one.<br><br>
As for natural alternatives to prevention, here is a link to another post which I wrote about our natural choices to prevent further decay. I am pretty new at trying to stop the decay this way, so I can't say for sure that is has worked for us, but DD's teeth have started to look like her decay has not progressed much in the past month that we have been doing all this. I got a lot of my information from other mama's on this forum. They are a wealth of information and help. DD's teeth would be a lot worse had it not been for the wonderful ladies here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Anyway, here is the link:<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=144737" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=144737</a><br><br>
I hope that helps!
 
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