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My 27 mo old dd is going to get her teeth fixed under GA in December-she'll get the front 4 capped (hopefully not extracted) and molars capped, other decay filled, etc etc. I didn't want to do it but after 3 dentists I am thinking it is for the best.<br><br>
I know nursing doesn't "cause" tooth decay, but in our case, because of her poor enamel, it has to be a contributor. I'm getting pressured by dh and dentist to night wean, and I actually do think it might help her teeth. I'm just having such an emotional reaction! Another reason to night wean is if she gets decay again after going through GA and all, and if I haven't weaned, I think my guilt would just be overwhelming. I'm already blaming myself for her decay.<br><br>
Has anyone else night weaned because of decay? Did it help? Did you just use the kind of night weaning suggestions one can find in the breastfeeding beyond infancy forum or did you tell your dc something like we are weaning to protect the teeth?<br><br>
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For me the benifits of night nursing far outweigh any possible risk to my ds's teeth. His front 4 teeth came in with weak enamal, they are now broke off to the gum and our time is up on waiting to have them fixed. I am going to have them pulled rather than caped because from reading here the caps have a 50% chance of falling off any way. It is a hard decision to make. But his over all health benifits from bfing out weigh his teeth issues.<br><br>
This article tells how nursing helps prevent caries not contribute to them. <a href="http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/20/1/Breastfeeding-Does-Not-Cause-Cavities/print/20" target="_blank">http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-heal...ities/print/20</a>
 

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Yes, my oldest ds had this problem. No I would not wean a child because of it.<br><br>
Night weaning does not help. The decay is not caused by the milk. It's caused by the presence of other foods in the mouth. True studies have found that other food + breastmilk = fast decay. But the trick is to get rid of the other food.<br><br>
I would try to determine the cause of the decay: silent or other reflux, enamel defects, not cleaning teeth well due to sensory issues, etc, and then work from there.<br><br>
Some researchers posit that breastmilk is actually very beneficial to the rapidly decaying tooth given it's calcification and antibacterial properties.
 

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I have to disagree - I think night weaning DOES help. Yes, it's the milk plus the other foods that can lead to decay, but you would have to get out every molecule of other foods from your DC's mouth every night. Otherwise the milk can mix with the other carbs and make the decay-causing bacteria very happy. My 1-year-old sometimes allows her teeth to be brushed, but she doesn't understand "rinsing" so there's no way for me to know that all of the food particles really are gone from her mouth every night.<br><br>
Of course there are major benefits to night nursing, too. But if my younger DD starts to show signs of decay, I will probably night wean her. My older DD has slight decay on 6 of her 8 molars - and the worst decay was on the molars where extra milk would sit at night (she lay on her left side to nurse, and the molars on the left are more decayed). We brushed her teeth every night and most mornings and that did not stop it.<br><br>
We night weaned when she was 2, and didn't say anything about her teeth. Just that the milk needed to sleep and she could have milk when the sun came up. It took a couple of weeks for it to really take hold, but she started sleeping through the night then.
 

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If you read the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, you will find that nutritional deficiencies cause cavities, not nursing or the mixture of bm and food on the teeth. Cavities start from not having enough vitamins A and D in the diet. Dr. Price travelled the world in the 20s and studied traditional people all over. He found that some of the traditional people did not even brush their teeth but they had no cavities simply because their diets were nutrient dense. He found that the children of a mountain village in Switzerland had green slime on their teeth and did not brush but had not one single cavity due to their diet of raw cow's milk, butter, cheese, rye bread and grass-fed lamb. Processed foods such as sugar and white flour do not contain the vitamins and nutrients we need to have healthy teeth. If anything, I think you should continue night nursing and increase your intake of fat soluable vitamins A and D. These can be found in supplments like Blue Ice cod liver oil and butter oil. They can also be found in grass-fed meats and dairy. For more information on Dr. Price's research, check <a href="http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/price/pricetoc.html" target="_blank">this</a> out and <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org/basics.html" target="_blank">this</a> too.<br><br>
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We are in the same situation with DS - now 22 months. His front 4 top teeth rotted away. Those four teeth erupted with weak, almost non-existent enamel. Our pediatric dentist/surgeon did NOT tell us to night wean - he just said to wipe the teeth with a cloth after nursing. He said the biggist culprit is the "grazing" of carbohydrates all day by toddlers (cheerios, dried fruit, etc.) and stressed that we should cut out the sugary snacks and brushed many times a day.<br><br>
Ironically, I had been trying unsuccessfully to wean DS and now that we know he will have surgery in 21/2 months we said let's not wean him - poor guy - that might be his only comfort! I have no idea whether or not he will remember how to nurse if he has to lose the teeth!<br><br>
I want to try and boost his Vit C intake over the next weeks and months to help with healing. Any other ideas for nutrition?
 

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Here's some more info from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry<br><a href="http://www.aapd.org/pdf/breastfeeding.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.aapd.org/pdf/breastfeeding.pdf</a><br><br><a href="http://www.aapd.org/media/pressreleases/breastfeeding-99.asp" target="_blank">http://www.aapd.org/media/pressrelea...feeding-99.asp</a><br><br>
Mama Mukti, have you looked at the Healing Cavities with Nutrition Thread? It has lots of good info.
 
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