When you make the decision to breastfeed your baby you have only good intentions. You want the best for your baby and after lots of research, you realize the healthiest choice for your baby is to breastfeed. Sound Familiar? Well, that was me. My first child was formula fed and it took me awhile to find formula that was gentle enough for her sensetive stomach. She used to throw up every time after drinking and it took me a while to figure out the formula I was using was to harsh for her to handle.
So that was one of the many reasons when I got pregnant with my son I decided to nurse him.
Everything was pretty good for the most part besides the normal things that come along with breastfeeding like sore nipples. Anyway, about a week ago I happened to check my son’s teeth to see how many he has now and I was completely horrified at what I saw, 3 of his top teeth looked so bad it scared me. I had no idea why they looked that way because they looked completely normal when they came in. I immediately found a pediatric dentist and made him an appointment.
I had to wait 2 days for him to be seen which isnt exactly a long time but it feels like forever when there’s a problem with your baby. All you want is answers. So I started googling away and I saw so many pictures and articles about baby and toddler tooth decay and cavities. I was horrified! I had no idea babies could have such severe problems with their teeth before they all even came in.
All I could do was blame myself. How could I not notice sooner? But it’s so hard to have a baby his age sit still long enough to wipe his nose let alone look in his mouth. I brushed his teeth and gums before his teeth even came in. I didn’t do it every night, he would usually chew on his toothbrush for while after I tried to get in there and brush as much as I could, His doctor said that was more than enough to keep his teeth healthy but I guess not.
There was never any build up of milk on his gums or his teeth that was visible. Other than breast milk he drank water and organic apple juice, he ate healthy baby snacks so I really just couldn’t understand why this was happening.
The day of his dentist appointment finally rolled around and I got confirmation, He has cavities not one but three! The 3 I suspected. He has to get them all removed in about 6 months. I asked the dentist how could he have cavities so soon, I mean he’s still a baby! She told me it’s most likely from nursing at night, sometimes the milk can just pool around his teeth and cause cavities. I was told to try and wean him off of breast milk especially at night.
So here’s what I’m doing now to protect his teeth from further damage until they are removed and to prevent his healthy teeth from any cavities or decay.
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I brush his teeth twice a day
I ordered Spiffles Tooth Wipes to clean his teeth in between brushing. When he wakes up at night to nurse I wipe his teeth with these afterward to prevent any build up. Ive used it couple of times during the day as well after snacks. My son loves the taste.
I ordered him an electric toothbrush for babies and toddlers because they have great reviews and electric brushes clean better.
I switched his toothpaste to Redmond Earthpaste it’s a natural cleaner without and chemicals or additives.
He’s always taken vitiamin d drops but ive added extra vitimin d to my diet until hes actually weaned.
I just started using
Tooth decay isn’t directly linked to breastfeeding because it can also happen to bottle-fed babies/toddlers who drink formula. But being informed and taking preventive measures is key. I wished I had known this could happen to babies before it happened to my son but now I know and I know how to prevent any further damage and protect his teeth.
I’ll be updating you guys on how the tooth extraction goes. Do you have any experience dealing with baby cavities? What did you do to prevent tooth decay?
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