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I SAY, id there a dentist in the house?

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SheikYerbouti Fri 25-Jul-08 15:17:17

DS2 is 2 in September.

I have been a v bad parent and I haven't got them a dentist yet.

However, that has changed as of today

But DS2's teeth are causing me concern. He seems to have tooth decay - BUT I don;t given them a lot of sweets and they have thier teeth brushed twice a day. Neither of them drink juice or anything fizzy. Also DS1';s teeth are OK

So what is it??? He has yellowy spots on his front teeth.

DaphneMoon Fri 25-Jul-08 15:32:34

That is not necessarily tooth decay (I'm no dentist by the way) but it sounds like calcium marks. Can't remember whether it is too much or lack of calcium.

SheikYerbouti Fri 25-Jul-08 15:45:26

They get plenty of calcuim, so I donblt think it would be a deficiency - so It could be too much then d'ya reckon?

SheikYerbouti Fri 25-Jul-08 19:43:20

any other suggestions?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 26-Jul-08 20:18:21

Also not a dentist, but I recall a friend's daughter had mottled teeth from having had high dosages of antibiotics as an infant. Could this apply?

thinks

Isn't there something about too much fluoride causing discolouration too?

Ah, here we are...

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 26-Jul-08 20:23:44

Sorry, meant to add this bit from the link:

"Mottled enamel - In recent years I have seen an alarming increase in another form of tooth discoloration that appear as white/yellowish patches of opaqueness on the surface of teeth. This condition that is called “Mottled Enamel” is result of a condition called “Fluorosis” or excessive ingestion of fluorides during tooth development ages. Fluorosis used to be seen in certain areas that used uncontrolled sources of water (like water straight from private wells) that were rich in Fluoride salts.

The recent surge in Fluorosis cases seen in the Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas are most likely due to multiple sources of fluoride supplementation resulting in a net fluoride ingestion that is above the optimal level.

Systemic Flourides - Ingestion of the right amount of fluoride during enamel-forming stages (birth through 10 years of age), will strengthen the enamel of the teeth and make them more resistant to the acid attack from bacteria which cause dental caries (cavities).

Many municipalities in the U.S., have recognized this fact and add the right amount of fluoride (one part per million) to the drinking water of the cities. This is mainly responsible for the reduction of the dental decay in the current young population of the United States. After the eradication of smallpox by the smallpox vaccine, fluoride has been recognized as the most effective single agent against an infectious disease.

However, the increase in the use of water-softening devices and bottled water in health-conscious families deprives these people from the cavity-fighting advantages of fluoride. You must consult a dentist for the right amount of fluoride supplements if you do not get it from the municipal water supply.

Tetracycline Stains - Administration of Tetracycline anti-biotic during pregnancy or the first few years of life is the classic cause of grayish discoloration of teeth. With our present knowledge of this adverse reaction, physicians and dentists must avoid prescribing antibiotics from this family during tooth development ages. I hope and predict tetracycline staining of the teeth to become extinct in the coming years.

NigellaTheOriginal Sat 26-Jul-08 20:37:09

DD1 has white spots - i seem to remember the dentist mentioning something about viruses during pregnancy but can't remember exactly. Also DD2 has really deep grooves in her front teeth which dentist reckons will fade in time - they sometimes look mucky because stuff sticks in them.

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