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To find conflicting dental advice for child really bloody annoying!

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sunseptember Tue 26-Sep-17 08:44:48

Dd was 9, saw lovely dentist who said come back at 10 so she can look into more ways to help dd teeth. DD is good brusher but has some decay on her baby back teeth. Dentist told us to swill in between brushing as well. She said they can do more after 10.

We booked her in and went back a few months later at age 10. Lady dentist left surgery and now its a new man.

He said there is no evidence to suggest teeth fishering stops decay and also said there is no point swilling with childs mouth wash in between brushing. He said brushing and diet are the only ways forward.

I felt totally stunned and shocked. I myself had my teeth fisher-ed by my parents when young and I am 42 with one filling! i am a good brusher but also blessed with good teeth ( touch wood) however I have a very sweet tooth!
I said I was happy to pay privalty if it was something that could help.

My DD also has an over bite, I have been concerned about it but told it can work itself out,. However this dentist said it was actually quite pronounced and she needs referral to orthopedics now. A quick google shows actually it should be treated quite soon, so maybe she should have been referred earlier?

I dont know what the best thing to do for her now is after two totally conflicting dentists.

Tainbri Tue 26-Sep-17 08:51:13

What is fishering? confused have literally never heard of this!! I presume you mean orthodontist not orthopaedics? You can't rewind the clock so move forward with a referral now if you think it's the right thing.

Norugratsatall Tue 26-Sep-17 08:55:05

Do you mean fissure sealant?

sunseptember Tue 26-Sep-17 09:20:13

sorry tired - conflating three issues,

one was that DD was told by lady D - swill mouth every day twice with childs mouth wash and come back at 10 to see what else we can do for the teeth something to do with painting them more or something> she said cant do anything under 10...

went back and new dentist was like " no, theres nothing we can do, its all x and y, no point, and no point swilling!

I said - what about fishering I had mine done would that help and again - he was totally dismissive!

re over bite - its one thing he felt needed referring now but something the other one didnt mention.

Tainbri Tue 26-Sep-17 09:26:44

I think you need to form your own opinion based on the advice you're given at the time. I doubt the referral was appropriate when the last dentist saw her, children are developing. You said they were baby teeth that were rotten anyway, presume she's lost them by now, so different circumstances.

Frazzle76 Tue 26-Sep-17 09:36:34

Different dentists do things differently and a lot of the time there's no right or wrong answer. Fishering? This isn't a dental term so presume you mean fissure sealant? New evidence suggests fissure sealants don't make a huge amount of difference in people with good diet and good brushing but many people do it anyway as the two above factors are so variable over time.
If your child has previous decay it's important to change something of diet / brushing / time to help prevent further decay. While mouthwash twice a day may help and certainly won't do any harm nothing will take the place of good mechanical technique of toothbrushing. Utube how to do it and how to check your child is doing it properly.
If your child needs orthodontics then now is the time to be referred. Not because they will do anything right now, but because they'll be on the waiting list which makes it easier and means that if funding is taken away soon (very likely) they'll already be there.
Hope this helps.

dannydyerismydad Tue 26-Sep-17 09:37:26

I have good teeth and fissure sealants.

My dentist told me there is real concern now about adults with fissure sealants. They are starting to degrade and decay can form beneath them. I believe they are no longer recommended now.

sunseptember Tue 26-Sep-17 12:07:53

Tain she saw other dentist 6 weeks ago - she was 9 so she said come back when 10 and now dentist left. She still has her decayed baby teeth.

Her diet is good but she loves her milk - drinks gallons of it.

my diet is not great and never has been - very sweet tooth I have one filling ( two years ago)

sunseptember Tue 26-Sep-17 12:08:59

danny thats interesting - as far as I can tell its simply wears down or off - so any decay may still happen it just means teeth have had that extra protection for a few years..but if teeth like dd are prone to decay genetically then yes I can see why it may not be agood idea

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