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Forgive me if this is a repeat. I think I deleted my last post.<br><br>
My son is 3. He is scheduled for 4 crowns on the four top front teeth, with possible root canal. Three dentist have told me he has soft enamal that probably happened in Utero. (Well, I was the picture of health while Pregnant.) WE are super healthy, my son had sugar 2 times before age two and not much after. Perhaps to many potatoe chips with out brushing...<br><br>
Anyways, he will get the work done with tylenol and motrin (plus momma will add RR and camomile.) Myself or his dad will be in the room. I am so nervous.<br><br>
OK Killing bacteria: Floride Kills it, Right?<br>
High PH or alkaline kills it, Right? (Because they need an acidic enviroment to live in.)<br>
My dentist and others say aged cheddar and swiss cheese do damage.<br>
So how else can you change the mouth enviroment to make it unhospitable to s. Mutans???<br><br>
Whatt about the"alkaline diet'?<br>
Any ideas on where to start research on all this??<br><br><br>
Thanks to smilemomma and mammalamma and others who work so hard to help all us other momma's stay sane.<br><br>
Love Liz Tree
 

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I have also been INSANE! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
I could have written your exact post...btdt...<br><br>
My advice to you is to take the Rescue Remedy yourself!!!! It helped me a lot!<br><br>
Yes, flouride kills the bacteria<br>
Not so sure about the second answer...<br>
I have always heard that cheese in general is good. I am not sure about the specifics...<br>
To make the environment inhospitable to s.mutans?....BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Well, there are always going to be a certain number of s.mutans in the mouth. Brushing after meals and snacks is the best way. In fact, Smilemomma says brushing after anything other than water passes the lips will significantly reduce the bacteria. Sozebe has been able to do this. I have tried, but am not as successful, although we do brush often and are very food conscious. Other foods that help are grapes, apples, whole grains, nuts and nut butters, and tannins too.<br>
Have you checked out my favorite thread<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Remineralization and diet for healthy teeth?<br>
Keep in mind that with 4 decayed teeth, the s.mutans are at high numbers right now. And as soon as those caps are on, the "cavity bugs" are going to move on to other teeth!<br>
So brushing is super important! If you are using basic flouride toothpaste, once in the morning and once at night is plenty and at all other times use a non-flouride paste. Otherwise, he is going to be ingesting too much. And less than pea size amount on the brush. I put a dab on the brush and spread it evenly with my finger and then do a quick round to coat all the teeth, then I brush for 2 minutes. Then dd rinses, swishes, and spits 2 times.<br>
When is your appointment? Are you doing all four at once?<br>
Hang in there and keep breathing! With a mama (and papa) like you looking after him, he's going to do just great! You WILL get thru it!<br>
A suggestion from another mama here was to take along a special blanket or soft toy for your child to hold. So at our last appointment, dd took her blanket and she wrapped herself in it and then held my hands to her chest. She did really well.<br>
Keep us posted<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks Malamamama!!!<br><br><br>
My son will be getting all four done at once!! The dentist says he may need root canal and will decide and act in the moment.<br><br>
You say eating Tannins are good. What is a tannin? YOu also mention whole Grains. Well if grains are carbs, don't they turn to sugar when they are stuck between they teeth???<br><br>
I wonder if eating any alkaline foods, such as cheese or seaweed or figs or cultured dairy products will do the trick as well??<br><br>
I think Smilemomma said that flouride does not work in the pits and fissures, so shoulds I only apply the flouride to the smooth teeth?? We have never used flouride and are now considering it.(We also never used to floss and now we do at least one time a day.)<br><br><br>
Brushing after eating?? I just read, some where else it is best not to brush right after eating because the enamal is weakend by the acids...??? But I would think you quickly want to remove the sugat and acid. I wonder how long to wait??? Maybe not brush but rinse with water and then eat an alkalizing food, i.e. cheese, nuts. Then brush later???<br><br><br>
Lots of questions...<br><br>
Thanks Gain to you and any one aout there with info and ideas.<br><br>
Love Liz Tree
 

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OK, here goes some of the answers...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Tannins are found in black tea, wine, and ......so obviously not those for the kids...I'd have to do some research there...<br>
Carbs....Well, I think it's the difference between say, oatmeal and brown rice and crackers and flour bread.<br>
If you are already in there with the flouride on the brush and doing all the smooth surfaces, I don't see why one would then apply something else to the other surfaces kwim?<br>
I have read that one should brush within 20 minutes after eating. And remember flouride remineralizes and strengthens.<br>
I try to remember to ask my dd to "swish" with water after eating, especially when we are out. So yeah, that's a good idea no matter what....<br>
More answers anybody?????
 
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