Help. I was totally devastated today when I took my 3 yr old son to the dentist to be told he needs 2 fillings. I can't believe it. We are (relatively!) educated people who eat healthily and are very vigilant about our children's eating habits and personal hygiene. I have always been so strict with what he eats and he didn't have chocolate until he was about 2 and even now only on very rare occasions. He only had his 1st ever check up 7 months ago and we were told everything was fine. Can this be true???
I have just booked an appointment for him at another dental surgery for tomorrow to get a second opinion. I need some answers here - if he does need fillings then I need to know why.
I feel like such an awful mother and am very upset about it all. Has anyone else had experience with such a young child?
Can I ask if you give your LO raisins and other dried fruit regularly? I was shocked to find out it is now a major cause of tooth decay as they stick to the teeth. My neighbour's daughter has just had to have major dental work done due to this, and her parents are very careful about diet.
LorLa- My DD (3) has also just had 2 fillings. We are careful about brushing etc (Lots of dentists in family). Both her dentist and the specialist paediatric dentist said that there was a problem with the 2 teeth (both in the same position on opposite sides of the mouth) and they probably hadn't formed properly. All her others are fine. The fillings were really quick and it was more like a bit of paste being put in- no drillings etc. I also felt really guilty but they said there wasn't a lot I probably could have done to prevent them. (she was a bit premature which may have had something to do with it).
Thank you all so much for your advice. Yes pixipie151 I do give ds lots of fruit, dried fruit - if he is ever extra hungry I carry fruit bars with me thinking it's a good snack. Shocked to find out this could be doing the damage. Also I tend to brush ds's teeth after dinner but before milk as he often falls asleep having his milk - this could have caused the damage as well I have discovered.
I went to another dentist today and they were fab. I no longer fee like a bad mother. She said they will not inject him in order to do the work which was something I was really worried about. I am more confident in this dentist and ds seemed happier here too so were going in on Thursday morning to get them done. It has definitely opened my eyes to the sugars that are in healthy food though.....we are 3 times a day brushers now!
It's ok! My milk teeth were terrible - I had lots of sugary antibiotics as a child which caused all the enamel to come off the bottom front teeth. I had to have a tooth taken out because it was breaking away!
I'm now 27 and don't have any fillings in my adult teeth, so just because your DS has fillings in his baby teeth doesn't mean his adult teeth will suffer! The teeth that need to be filled will fall out soon anyway!
We use squash instead of fruit juice, which seems really unhealthy, but it doesn't have so much sugar and acid in it. And also go for chocolate rather than jelly type sweets if you're having a treat. But agree, may well be weak enamel and nothing to do with anything you've done.
I had a very austere '70s childhood with very few sweet things or drinks. I have a mouthful of fillings as an adult, despite brushing regularly. I think it's hereditary in a lot of cases.
Please don't feel bad, my then 6yr old had to have 3.....and I am a (non working) dental nurse! I really dropped the ball when her sister was born & didn't look after her teeth as well as I should have!
It happens, and unfortunately fruit, although better than sweets is a very good cause! Chocolate is actually better, as it doesn't linger on the tooth & in gaps.