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Live webchat with dentist Dr Anthony Zybutz, Monday 8 Sept, 1-2pm

(116 Posts)
GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Sep-08 11:15:03

Hi, we've got Dr Anthony Zybutz coming in on Monday 8 Sept to talk all things teeth. So if you've got any concerns about your kids' oral health or want to know how to stop the rot in your own teeth, come and join in between 1pm and 2pm. Dr Zybutz, who is an experienced dentist with a practice in Harley St, has two children of his own, aged four and six, so is familiar with the challenge of ensuring children clean their teeth properly.

As always, if you can't make it on the day, please post your questions here in advance and we'll try to ensure as many as possible are answered.

nickytwotimes Thu 04-Sep-08 11:17:58

Bet you can't see him on the NHS.

ladytophamhatt Thu 04-Sep-08 11:19:43

I'll be 1st.

my 9yr old is a nightmare at toothbrushing, he'd rather stick pins in his eyes TBh.
All of his younger brothers are better...including our 20month old!!!

Is there any snippet you can give me to persuede him that manky teeth is not good.

I've even resorted to showing him hideous photos of tooth decay but he still faffs and whinges and moans.

ladytophamhatt Thu 04-Sep-08 11:20:55

Sorry, forget to add thsi question.

How long does tooth decay take to appear?

If I could tell him that in X amount of time you'll have painful holes it might help.

Slubberdegullion Thu 04-Sep-08 11:25:11

I've got one, it's very dull though. Poor old Dr Zybutz must have been asked a million times.

I have two thumb suckers, age 3 and 4. They only really thumb suck at night, but if you go into their bedrooms, their thumbs are always firmly lodged in situ. They both have a slightly protruding upper front tooth because of this.

Am I going to have hideous orthododntic bills in the future? Do I only need to worry if they continue thumb sucking when their adult teeth come through? Do I need to start investing in that revolting dandelion tasting nail polish? Or can I just chill?

Slubberdegullion Thu 04-Sep-08 11:31:28

I'm not going to be here between 1-2, am taking my baby for her first day at school


but thank you for your reply in advance.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 04-Sep-08 11:36:54

Good question Slubber -I have the same worry about my DS whos is also a night time only thumbsucker (aged 4).

I would like to add a question:

How much flouride should a childs toothpaste contain?

I've been told by our dentist that it should be around 400-500 ppmF but its actually really difficult to find a childs toothpaste as low as that. A lot of them contain over double that amount which, as I understand it, is not needed in the UK and can actually damage adult teeth as/before they come through.

PastYourBedtime Thu 04-Sep-08 12:00:14

I have a question - my 6 year old son has had brown stains on his teeth since he was 12 months old one of them has seemingly eroded a little. The only thing i can think of is that he had alot of antibiotics at 10 months could this be related? He was breast fed until 14 months and brushes his teeth, doesn't have fizzy pop, sweets etc yet hes just needed 4 filings?! Also my 4 year old son needs filings and in his case too i do everything to look after his teeth could it be genetic?

PastYourBedtime Thu 04-Sep-08 12:02:00

Meant to add that his paternal grandmother also had/has dental problems so could it be inhereted? Will there adult teeth be affected?

FlightAttendent Thu 04-Sep-08 12:45:58

Hello - I don't know if dr Zybutz can help.

I have had a lot of work, crowns and root fillings since about 8 years ago when I found I had damaged my teeth with a bad diet.

I am concerned that this may have made my body more prone to infection as a whole - have had recurring mastitis etc.

I have heard that having the teeth removed and dentures fitted will often solve this and make you much healthier - but is this true or is it best to hold onto my own teeth as long as possible?

Also I find an electric brush is liable to shift the fillings already there so avoid using one..not sure if this is right?

I would love implants but can't afford them.

Thankyou so much.

RubySlippers Thu 04-Sep-08 13:39:56

two questions/issues, if i may

DS only really chews his toothbrush (he is 2.2 years old) and he can sometimes be co-operative and let us have a brush or sometimes his mouth is clamped firmly shut! Is this bad? How can i teach him to brush rather than chew?

also, i have super sensitive teeth and have had loads of issues culminating in a double osteotomy on my jaw, but even after that i still have a very poor bite and over bite. Is this something which can be inherited? I don't want DS to have the same issues

Also, (oh this is a third thing) which is better a manual or electric toothbrush? I have a tendency to over brush as well

Thanks so much smile

Bramshott Thu 04-Sep-08 13:59:01

I have an infection between the roots of one of my molars - my dentist wants to take the tooth out, but I'm resisting. Surely it should be able to be sorted out as the problem is not with the tooth but in the gum? A course of antibiotics didn't shift it. Has been infected for more than a year now.

<<Bramshott slinks off to think of other, more generally useful, less self-centered questions to post!>>

solo Thu 04-Sep-08 14:22:09

Repeat of Rubyslippers question really.

Dd 20months chews her brush and rarely allows me to clean her teeth, it's a real stressful battle. My Ds was the same and has only in recent weeks realised that cleaning them properly has it's rewards and he's now 10. Is there any way I can persuade Dd to let me clean her teeth please?

Thank you.

FluffyMummy123 Thu 04-Sep-08 14:26:05

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Swedes Thu 04-Sep-08 14:32:36

My children don't have any fillings. Visits to the denist are a joy for the whole family. Should I take a lover?

DrAnthonyZybutz Thu 04-Sep-08 14:32:58

no us neither
and i only have two
its me icod

bundle Thu 04-Sep-08 14:34:19

cod don't you mean underbite? (desperate dan)

DrAnthonyZybutz Thu 04-Sep-08 14:34:35

i think not.

Swedes Thu 04-Sep-08 14:40:34

I think Cod means gumby-jaw. Like Buzz Lightyear..... to Dr Zybutz and beyoooooond.

Dr Z - I'd like to have my teeth whitened but I know dazzling white is a bit WAGS. Do you think Farrow&Ball's House White will be right for me?

EachPeachPearMum Thu 04-Sep-08 14:59:39

Well, I was about to post that these were all lovely, sensible suggestions.... but.... grin

bundle Thu 04-Sep-08 15:03:47



StarlightMcKenzie Thu 04-Sep-08 15:04:28

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EachPeachPearMum Thu 04-Sep-08 15:08:45

<Trills> Underbite, Overbite, Wombling free......

bundle Thu 04-Sep-08 15:19:10


rainbowfish Thu 04-Sep-08 15:23:42

MY ds age 2 half will not go in the room with the dentist. Hs is terrified. Tried twice - no joy. My elder son age 4 goes first and will sit in the chair etc. Tried bribery.

Any tips on how to get him to like the dentist. Also when should little ones go to the dentist ? thanks

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