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Darling Daughter is now 27 months old.<br>
While she was growing her teeth she had the lovely habit of chewing rocks... believe me.... we tried to stop her.... lots of: "that's not food" Finally she outgrew it... but her teeth are very worn down. Now they are becoming brown and I think she has a cavity at the top of her front tooth.<br>
We brush her teeth twice a day. I have started using Oravive toothpaste.<br>
To top or troubles... she has extreme white coat anxiety... she won't even allow being weighed at the doctor how can I get her to a dentist?<br>
Does anyone have any advise on how I can stop the decay?<br>
Should I stop night nursing?
 

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As long as you're brushing her teeth before bed, night nursing is not a problem.<br><br>
My second daughter had bad decay on her upper front teeth. I'm sure it was dietary, because she (and I) had a very limited diet due to food allergies, and I took a while to figure out how to eat a new way. I read a lot at the time and was encouraged to continue night nursing.
 

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I don't know anything about oravive toothpaste. If her teeth are bad enough that you can see cavities she needs to go in. It sounds like she needs to go in anyway, the rec I've heard is 18-24 months for the first check up. Cavities need to be filled or it will only get worse (painful too) and it can cause problems with adult teeth too. Look for a pediatric dentist in your area who will give you a sedative for her to take before you go in. Tell them about your worries ahead of time, ask the dentist to remove any doctor looking items when they meet. As that she be sedated if she needs any work done. I also suggest the anti-vomit meds but I can't remember what it is called.<br><br>
Nightweaning may be indicated in your case. I guess if I were in your shoes I would start working on it at least.
 

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I've been going through some issues with DD's teeth too - she has some dark spots on her molars. I'm not sure yet whether it's decay or plaque, and we have a dentist appointment coming up. I'd be making one for your DD too - you can't let it continue - it could be very painful for her in the future.<br><br>
I've been doing a lot of research on night-nursing and breastmilk. I want to believe that if you brush before bed, it's not a problem, but there is a LOT of contradictory advice out there from sources that are plainly PRO-breastfeeding. Any food that has sugar or simple carbs is a potential problem if there are any issues with a child's teeth anyway, and breastmilk does have sugar. From what I've read, yes, brushing does help. But how can you be sure you're brushing them effectively? I know I lie my DD down every night and forcibly brush her teeth but I'm never convinced that I've hit them all.<br><br>
I haven't stopped night-nursing yet, but I am considering it (DD is 28 months).<br><br>
Either way, I don't think you have a choice - you're going to need to get to a dentist. Are there any pediatric dentists in your area?
 

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My second daughter had bad decay on her upper front teeth. I'm sure it was dietary, because she (and I) had a very limited diet due to food allergies, and I took a while to figure out how to eat a new way. I read a lot at the time and was encouraged to continue night nursing.</div>
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I'm in your shoes too. Ds has decay on upper front teeth. And he is allergic to many foods, so the 'healing your childs teeth diet' is a hard one to do.<br>
I haven't been told to night wean, but was told to have a wet cloth by the bed and to wipe down his teeth after each nursing...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: like THAT would work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
I've been to a naturopath who has said to cut down his night nursings as much as possible, but didn't say to actually nightwean.<br>
We are giving him some homeopathic treatment to help heal his teeth as well.<br><br>
We have been to many pediatric dentists and all they want to do is put tons of flouride varnish on his teeth (twice as much as they really should <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">) and out of desperation I let them. But his teeth have gotten worse since then, so I know it didn't help.<br>
I think vitamin D is a factor. We have never given ds VitD, until recently...I think that helps to have strong healthy teeth.<br>
Its genetic.<br>
I think some bacteria from my mouth has gotten into ds's mouth and helped to start decay.<br>
Because we brush so often and he eats NO sugar, I know its not my fault...well except for the Vit D <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Thanks for all the great advise and support.<br>
I do have an appt with a ped. dds in Jan. I am sure they are going to have to sedate her to even look as her fear of strangers is huge!<br>
It's hard for me to tell if her problem is decay or erosion from her chewing habit. My dentist assured me that the erosion isn't a problem...as that is why they get new ones ;o) but I really can't tell if they are 'sick' too.<br>
Any suggestions on how to prepare her for the sedatives?
 

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Go to <a href="http://www.zellies.com" target="_blank">www.zellies.com</a> this is a website about xylitol, written by a pediatric dentist. It is an excellent, informative site! With lots of encouragement for mothers.<br><br>
My 2 yr old son <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>had</b></span> quite a number of cavities, beginning small one these have all remineralized using Xylitol. We [my mom and I] give Trenton Xylitol chewing gum, candies, brush his teeth with Xylitol Infant gel, use a Xylitol mouth spray, etc..<br><br>
His last check up all the little cavities have remineralized - disappeared - he still has one large cavity in a back molar, but the dentist said it appears not to be growing. We're just to keep an eye on it, if Trenton seems to be in pain or we find a bump above the tooth it could be an abscess we're to bring him immediately in. Otherwise the dentist will see Trenton again when he is 3.<br><br>
Also my mom has been giving Trenton homeopathic cell salts for healthy bones and teeth - Calc Phos, Calc Flor, Mag Phos, and Silica 6X.<br><br>
From $3400 worth of dental work to "let's wait and see" says something is working, course we've done a lot of praying too!
 
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