Teeth Woes

I took Izzy to the dentist yesterday because I had noticed that her top molars were covered in decay almost as soon as they broke through her gums.  And this week, I noticed that she had a couple more spots of decay on her front teeth on her gum line.  The dentist agreed with all of my observations and suggested an outpatient procedure at a local hospital, where they would take her away from us so an anesthesiologist could use general anesthesia (GA) to “knock her out,” place an IV, and intubate her so that the dentist could do 30 minutes worth of work of drilling and filling.

Can you tell that we’re less than thrilled with this idea?  There are risks involved with GA, including death, and with Alex having an allergic reaction to lidocaine after a dental procedure, we’re quite aware and scared of those risks, however rare.  They’re milk teeth that she will lose within the 10-12 years regardless of whether we opt for the procedure or not.

For whatever reason, Izzy isn’t covered under our dental insurance until January, so the procedure isn’t even an option until then because in the words of the billing, “It’ll be crazy expensive without insurance.”

In the meantime, I’m ordering Cure Tooth Decay and plan to do what I can to stop the decay from spreading and encourage re-mineralization.  We’re already committed to raw milk and cod liver oil (can I tell you how much the kids and I adore Nordic Naturals cod liver oil… they beg, BEG for more daily.)  We do partake in our fair share of sugar and sweet treats since I adore baking, so we have some work to do in that area.  I’m researching xylitol spray and other suggestions I’ve found here and there, so at least we feel like we’re doing something.

And just in case you’re wondering, breastfeeding does not cause cavities Yes, human milk does contain lactose (milk sugar,) but much less than cow’s milk and infant formula.  Human breast milk also contains antibacterial properties that can help to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth that is thought responsible for causing dental cavities.