Good news! I won’t have to put my 20 month old under sedation and she won’t have to have silver teeth, either. Whew!
A few months ago I noticed, to my absolute dismay, white spots along the gum line of her four front top teeth. Decalcification. Pre-cursor to tooth decay. Then, a few weeks ago I noticed a tan hole in one of her teeth. Agh. The decay had begun. All I could do was picture silver teeth and a knocked-out baby in an OR.
It’s called “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” or BBTD, although it does happen in breastfed babies, too. I had heard that it could happen but I never really thought it would happen to one of mine. My youngest is a bit of a nurse-o-maniac, but this usually will only happen in breastfed babies with weak enamel. Poor baby. Did I not get enough calcium when her teeth were forming? The guilt sets in…
Thursday, we drove over four hours to a pediatric dentist my brother recommended. I wasn’t about to turn my baby over to be anesthetized by someone I had never heard of. And the dentist had to use a hospital, too. Thankfully, he took a peek and said that he could take care of this with a small filling without sedation in a couple of minutes. It is unusual to be able to treat it this way, but thankfully we caught it early enough. Apparently, most children don’t see a dentist until there is already a lot of decay. So, happily, we will go back in a week. We will have to hold her still and there will be some crying, but it won’t hurt her. That is so much better than full sedation! The thought of all of those chemicals washing through her brain over baby teeth made me sick.
Hallelujah! Oh, and be sure and brush your children’s teeth well tonight!