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Showme71 Tue 04-Aug-15 21:00:55

Dn age 21 has just had two of her teeth pulled out due to bad decay. I would have thought this is something that rarely happens but according to her many of her friends have had a lot of dental work done.

TheHouseOnBellSt Tue 04-Aug-15 21:12:34

I read something the other day that said over 40% of children over 12 now have visible decay. sad

Showme71 Tue 04-Aug-15 21:34:47

It's shocking to be honest. sad

JaceLancs Tue 04-Aug-15 21:36:08

DD 23 has no fillings and has never needed an extraction - only dental work was to repair a tooth broken as a result of an accident - however as a younger child had enough tooth decay in her first teeth to cause concern - our dentist said she had little enamel and generally weak teeth, treatment if I remember was coating and fluoride tablets plus some other medication
DS 22 had strong first teeth, but has not been as lucky since and has had 2 small fillings in last couple of years - apparently he produces more plaque than most of us do
I have not had any dental work done for over 20 years, but have a mouth full of fillings and many gaps from extractions from when I was subjected to appalling dental treatment in my early teens
We all eat a healthy balanced diet

curlycat Tue 04-Aug-15 21:38:22

My dc's are 11 and 15 and have never had a single bit of treatment to their teeth. All the years of tears and tantrums at toothbrushing time must have paid off smile

Mrsmorton Tue 04-Aug-15 21:38:22

It's very very common and all down to the stephan curve

Mrsmorton Tue 04-Aug-15 21:42:37

It's common in the 5 years after leaving home in my experience. And then common in men who have a mid life crisis and start cycling.

That's just based on my last 10
Years of practice.

grannytomine Tue 04-Aug-15 21:54:35

my DD, mid 20s has had 5 teeth out, all due to orthodontic work. My sons, early 20s onwards, all have all their teeth but I think they all have fillings now although 2 hadn't had fillings when they left school but I guess I have lost track since. Just thought one of them had his wisdom teeth out, does that count?

Showme71 Tue 04-Aug-15 22:01:43

Granny were the teeth your dd had out adult teeth?

MrsGoslingWannabe Tue 04-Aug-15 22:13:20

DD aged 9 has very good teeth, no fillings or anything. Her friend has the enamel deficiency thing and this coupled with poor dental hygiene and drinking lemonade instead of water means her teeth are in a right state :-(

fourtothedozen Tue 04-Aug-15 22:15:00

My kids ( 15 and 17) have perfect teeth.

I gave them daily fluoride tablets when they were young.

ReallyTired Tue 04-Aug-15 22:27:53

ds had awful baby teeth, but thankfully he does not have any decay in his adult teeth. I have paid for him to have fissure sealents. He has had quite a lot of dental education as well. Dd has perfect teeth at the age of six.

I am a little shocked that a 21 year old has tooth decay so bad that two teeth could not be saved. At the age of 40 I have had one tooth pulled and that was a wisdom tooth. There is a massive continium between having a small filling and a tooth extraction. Plenty of young adults or teens have fillings.
DH aged 47 has one filling in his mouth, but has had a couple of teeth pulled because they were growing at an awful angle and causing pain.

fourtothedozen Tue 04-Aug-15 22:30:33

I thought sealants were free? My kids have had them since second teeth erupted= around 10 years and it hasn't cost me a penny.

Hamiltoes Tue 04-Aug-15 23:06:04

DD 5 only has her front teeth. She had to have 8 of them removed.

We brushed religiously every night and forgot the occasional morning in the mad rush for work.

I felt extremely guilty for ages and like a bad mother trying to think what else I could have done. Especially at the dental hospital having to get the lectures about sweets and fizzy juice, and the hmm from the dentist when I explained she hadn't had fizzy juice in her life and could take or leave sweets. I bet everyone says that!

The one positive that came out of it though is that I went away and did some reasearch and I can completely see now how it happened. DD practically survived her first three years on an all fruit and veg diet, she wouldn't eat any form of meat or grains, except porridge occasionally on a winter morning. This led to constant snacking, "finger foods" that would sit on the coffee table for ages while she picked away. Pair that with being out of the house full time working and I can totally see where we went wrong now, obviously.

Raisins are 100 times worse than chocolate!

With DD2 we've stayed completely away from the whole baby led weaning phenomenon, she has proper meals at set times and a couple of snacks, but not allowed to pick as such like DD was. I think thats what the real problem was, her mouth was never getting the time needed to recover and get back to healthy PH levels.

froggyjump Tue 04-Aug-15 23:21:03

Our dentist has said a lot of how 'strong' your teeth are is down to genetics - I've never had a filling or any teeth out, but my DH has awful teeth, fortunately, our DC's seem to have my genes in this respect, as, although they are not avid brushers, their teeth are all strong with no fillings.

StompyBlueNose Tue 04-Aug-15 23:38:45

My parents both have terrible teeth, but so far I have avoided any fillings or dental work at the grand age of 34! 3 dc all have good teeth so far, although poor Dd broke her two front teeth in an accident confused.

Gymbob Tue 04-Aug-15 23:59:39

two dd here, 15 and 16. no fillings and lovely teeth. no thanks to them though. it's the years of nagging and threats from me that's done it grin never had a bottle of fizzy drink in the house though.

a1992 Wed 05-Aug-15 08:03:24

I just had to have two teeth removed at 23 because the root had Brocken and one was hurting rather badly. Also two major fillings.

The dentist said a lot of it is down to snack apparently the mouth stays acidic an hour after eating so if you graze your mouth can be acidic for quite a while throughout the day. Also not being able to afford the expense for the last 6.5yrs to have check ups because of where I was living. I do wonder how much it is to do with genetics though as my mums is shocking and apparently went that way after some medication she had while pregnant with me

StompyBlueNose Wed 05-Aug-15 08:13:01

Gym - we're the same - never have fizzy drinks in the house. I have never drunk a fizzy drink in my life and dd (11) won't drink anything except water and occasional tea!

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