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Help- possible tooth decay?

(7 Posts)
craziedaisy Sat 23-Jul-11 07:08:17

We have just noticed that our 19 month old DD has 2 slight brown stains on her 2 front teeth. She has breastfed around the clock until recently and I am terrified that she has tooth decay.I will of course take her to a dentist as soon as I can but just wondered if anyone else has experienced this. She has just got over a strep throat and has been taking penicillin and it has seemed to coincide with this. I am very worried and imagine the worse that we will be facing teeth extraction and all sorts. Feel so guilty that I let her feed at night but she has always been such a terrible sleeper so have let her feed to sleep.

fidelma Sat 23-Jul-11 22:31:50

2 of my 4 dc have had bad baby teeth.The decay arriving while they were very young.All my dc have had the same diet.2 have strong teeth and 2 week.I to fed my dc alot and through the night.

We have faced extraction as they got older.My first dd had 2 out at the hospital with gas.The other has let the dentis take them out with an injection.It was not plesant but we all got through it.Infact both are fantastic at the dentist.

don't panic,just find a good dentist (with small children)
It has always been back teeth with my dc so a bit unusual to me that it is you dc front teeth.

Don't feel guilty.breast feeding will of given your dc a brilliant start.I still bf my almost 2 year old.

BeeBread Tue 26-Jul-11 22:32:28

Hi crazydaisy

There is a condition called enamel hypoplasia in which the enamel on children's teeth is damaged in development. It is thought that fevers and antibiotics can contribute to it. I have it and as a result my adult teeth came through quite yellow, and they are softer than normal so I couldn't have them straightened with a brace. It's nothing to do with diet - my brother has perfectly white and fantastically hard teeth - so please don't beat yourself up about breastfeeding.

It's worth ensuring that your daughter has a good dentist and takes extra care with her oral hygiene - her teeth may be a bit more fragile. But it is possible that it won't affect her adult teeth so finger's crossed that this is limited to her baby teeth.

fidelma Fri 29-Jul-11 22:19:10

Breebread I had hyperemmisis while pregnant and I think I read somewhere that can affect your babies teeth?

2kidsintow Wed 03-Aug-11 15:14:30

My 2 dds have had baby teeth prone to cavities. Their diet is good and sweets etc are limited. They brush their own teeth, but then we finish off doing it for them too. We've tried all sorts of toothpastes and mouthwashes, but still they've needed fillings.
I've just this minute got back from an emergency appt for my youngest (6) who developed a deep cavity really quickly (as the result of an old filling coming out) and having to have it dressed.

The only light at the end of the tunnel is that their adult teeth seem strong. My eldest is nearly 11 and shows no sign of decay in her adult teeth.

Phew.

dikkertjedap Wed 03-Aug-11 20:03:25

Sometimes dentists can stop decay by 'painting' the affected tooth, not sure what they use, whether it is fluoride coating or something else. Worked for my dd, the painted molar is now fine (fine in the sense that it does not hurt any more, haven't had it x-rayed so don't know if decay has been reversed).

vintageteacups Wed 03-Aug-11 22:33:20

My son (now 6 yrs) has a yellow/brown stain on one of his top incisors and the dentist asked if I took anti-biotics during pregnancy. I had (for infected eczema) and he said that is what would have stopped the enamel from completely forming (or somethign along those lines) so I suspect it's the meds your dd has had.

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