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Old 10-07-2013, 01:35 AM   #31
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Um... anecdotal evidence always beats research. Are you new to the interwebs?

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Old 10-07-2013, 04:54 AM   #32
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My little one didn't have any trouble with cavities but I think she just lucked out with good teeth. I actually wrote a paper about the correlation between breastfeeding/formula feeding and cavities. Basically, all my research indicated that any nighttime feeding can lead to cavities. The problem is that there's sugar in milk and formula and if it sits on the teeth for several hours overnight, bacteria that cause cavities will flourish. To limit the bacteria, you can brush or wipe the teeth after feedings. I would think that water after feedings would help to rinse some out the mouth too but it's no more practical than brushing teeth in the middle of the night. I'd suggest you keep doing what you can to keep those chompers clean and thank goodness for baby teeth.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:00 AM   #33
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My little one didn't have any trouble with cavities but I think she just lucked out with good teeth. I actually wrote a paper about the correlation between breastfeeding/formula feeding and cavities. Basically, all my research indicated that any nighttime feeding can lead to cavities. The problem is that there's sugar in milk and formula and if it sits on the teeth for several hours overnight, bacteria that cause cavities will flourish. To limit the bacteria, you can brush or wipe the teeth after feedings. I would think that water after feedings would help to rinse some out the mouth too but it's no more practical than brushing teeth in the middle of the night. I'd suggest you keep doing what you can to keep those chompers clean and thank goodness for baby teeth.
You didn't do adequate research. Bteastmilk is GOOD for clean teeth. Studies show that it actually strengthens teeth. Now, breastmilk and food particles equals great conditions for tooth decay. But breastmilk alone is beneficial.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:06 AM   #34
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Does anyone have any recommendations for toothbrushes/paste? I am having a hard time brushing my twins teeth (14months) and they still breastfeed all day/night. One has all her first molars since 12 months and the other twin is getting her top molars now.
We use the Weleda children's. Reg toothbrushes. I'm a big stickler in teeth brushing. As soon as a tooth pokes through the gums the brushing begins. We let them brush first and then we brush them.

We have a song too to the tune row row row your boat

Brush brush brush your teeth
Brush them every day
Up and down and all around
So they won't decay
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:13 PM   #36
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Re: Breastfeeding and cavities

http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/tooth-decay/
Here's some good information on how bfing and bottlefeeding are different. Brush after food and then nurse at night. My DD had a cavity on her front tooth, but it was only one. Dentist first tried to say it was nursing, but then he himself said, well, usually that is all four of them, and said that this particular tooth might have been weaker or damaged in some way. People's teeth are just different. You just do your best, but nursing has so many benefits no one should stop because of fear of cavities.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:44 PM   #37
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Re: Breastfeeding and cavities

So I checked DS's upper lip...and he has an obvious lip tie. I can't believe I never noticed it before. I had to use a nipple shield the first few weeks because he just couldn't get his upper lip up over the nipple right. That explains that.Either way he has weak teeth because he had some minor cavities in different teeth that were filled but I'm sure that didn't help with the bad decay in those top four teeth.
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We use the Weleda children's. Reg toothbrushes. I'm a big stickler in teeth brushing. As soon as a tooth pokes through the gums the brushing begins. We let them brush first and then we brush them.

We have a song too to the tune row row row your boat

Brush brush brush your teeth
Brush them every day
Up and down and all around
So they won't decay
I totally sing that song too!
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