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Malformed enamel on 14 month old baby's teeth

(11 Posts)
Patchybob Sun 12-Sep-10 21:11:04

I am just wondering if any of you have any experience of this.

My 14 month old baby boy has always had slightly bumpy teeth. Where most milk teeth are smooth the surface of his always looked like they had plaque on them and needed a good brush.

I have now seen 2 dentists, both of whom confirm that he has malformed enamel on his teeth, caused by a high fever (he had a temperature of 105 degrees) prior to the teeth coming in. According to them, this is quite common and high fevers can damage the enamel.

They have said that the teeth will be quite weak as there are areas where the enamel is very thin, so no citrus fruits, sweet drinks, fruit juice etc. Limit cakes, sweets etc and really look after the teeth.
What really worries me is that no one knows if his grown up teeth will be affected as well and if so how badly. It is a long wait to see if they are.
I was wondering if any of you have had any experience of this and how the teeth are now.
Thanks for any advice

TotalChaos Sun 12-Sep-10 21:17:43

erm sort of got experience of this - got told v recently my DS needs a couple of fillings on his back teeth, as he has weak enamel - dentist reckoned this was due to illness a couple of years ago (DS had a chest infection and measles that year!). also got told that despite DS being 6, we were to help him brush his back teeth to make sure they were done properly. the dentist didn't seem to reckon it would affect his adult teeth though.

apparently anything processed with fruit - smoothies/raisins is to be avoided, whilst say a banana should be OK as a snack.

TotalChaos Sun 12-Sep-10 21:18:34

PS - sweets like haribo (v. chewy) are to be avoided. obv not likely to be a consideration at one, mind. anyway - well done for spotting it so early on, as now you know to be v. careful before damage is done.

TrinityIsAHappyRhino Sun 12-Sep-10 21:21:41

gecko had this, she has lost two of her fron teethe already

whenI tried to get her seen by a dentist at 19 months when a tooth just crumbled away the dentist said she wasn't old enough to see a dentist sadangry

but she is now about to have an app with a specialist

the main queston I have is will it be the same with her adult teeth

pointydog Sun 12-Sep-10 21:24:39

Also caused by lots of antibiotics as a baby. Dd2 has three or four molars that have very little enamel and look pretty dreadful.

She hasn't lost her baby molars yet but she is nearly 12, has no fillings and has never experienced any problems due to the lack of enamel.

She has drunk squash, fruit juice, eaten sweets (loves tangfastics wink) throughout her life but obviously not to a silly extent.

Hope that reassures alittle.

pointydog Sun 12-Sep-10 21:25:55

The chances are it won't affect the adult teeth as they formed at different times but we just need to wait and see. So we've been told by dentist.

Patchybob Mon 13-Sep-10 14:24:41

Thanks for all of you replies. It helps to hear of others in the same boat.

TrinityIsAHappyRhino, that is so bad to be told she was too young to see a dentist. Surely when they have teeth and you have concerns it is never too early!

Pointydog thanks for being so reassuring, I suppose it is just common sense! I love tangfastics too!

Totalchaos thanks for reminding me about raisins, he loves them too! Although he doesn't have molars at the moment, ther eis one trying to come through.

Thanks again xx

smithdiana924 Tue 23-Feb-16 20:13:08

Were the permament teeth affected? Same thing going on with my daughter sad

Buttwing Tue 23-Feb-16 20:21:50

My de has this on her four back molars. She's five its called hypoplasia my dentist has told me that there is no reason why it should affect her adult teeth.

beautifulgirls Tue 23-Feb-16 21:58:59

DD2 had poor enamel on her baby teeth but her permanent teeth have come through with no faults on them. They form at a different time to the baby teeth so unless the cause of the problem persists, or there is another episode of illness/fever etc then there is probably a good chance the adult teeth will be fine. Meanwhile I am watching DD3 like a hawk when her adult teeth come in as she is high risk for enamel issues having been very ill as a toddler. I hope they will be fine but too early to tell just yet.

Whotookmyruler Sun 28-Feb-16 19:33:39

My DS had this and we had some temporary coverings put over his teeth

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