2 Year Olds Front Teeth Rotting

Updated on January 15, 2011
B.F. asks from Hattiesburg, MS
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I took my daughter to a pediatric dentist this week and i've been stressing ever since. I thought she had great teeth, we brush them atleast once a day and she's never went to bed with a bottle or cup. As the dentist was examing her teeth, he said they all looked good until he got to her front teeth. The very top of her gumline is a different color on 3 to 4 teeth. He said it looked like cavities forming! In the very front of her teeth! So wierd! So.. he gave us a floride toothpast to use once a day and we go back in 2 months to find out if she is going to have to be put to sleep to fill the cavities... ugh!! So my question to you all is should I wait and see if it starts to bother her before we fill them, or should we just pull them since they are baby teeth? I'm clueless!
Any advice would be appreciated!

Thank you! My husband and I are def. brushing better! She rolls up her top lip so tight it's hard to get sometimes, but now.. we make sure to!! Thanks for your advice and I sure hope my little girl's report is good in two months, like your childs was!
Thanks again!

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answers from New York on

Ok, don't panic, they are probably not rotting. My brother's teeth rotted really badly and he eventually did have to have them pulled because they had broken and that what was rotting. They grew in REALLY big (he is 6'1) so they looked so bad on a little kid. Try to avoid getting them pulled, she is only 2. Yes, use the floride toothpaste, just a little. My son had brown spots on the front of his teeth too and we use a tiny bit of children's Toms of Main when we brush and those spots are barely visible now (he is almost 3). To avoid to much flouride, filter your water if you have town water and do not give supplements.

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answers from St. Louis on

Why would your dentist put your child to sleep? I took acutane before becoming pregnant with my son. One of the results was his teeth were effected. He had two cavities at the same age. His two sisters played going to the Dentist with him for a few weeks. When it came time to go to the real dentist he was fine, sat thru the whole thing and was very HAPPY to get a balloon afterwards. I would check with another dentist for a second opion.

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answers from Jacksonville on

Don't pull them (unless your dentist advises you do so. And if he does, get a 2nd opinion first). Even if they have cavities (which can be filled) and aren't perfect, there is a reason they have them. If you pull them out, you can alter the way the rest of her teeth align and come in. Not to mention.. some kids don't get their permanent front teeth until they are 5 years old or so.

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answers from Los Angeles on

my middle dd had a hard time with her teeth, had to be put to sleep for baby root canals, but I always suspected her asthma meds. I would ask about the flouride paste that they apply to the fronts, as a treatment and as preventitive. Where I live the public health unit does it for free. I'd also get one of the cute mechanical toothbrushes, they have Dora & Diego ones, cute, but because it will get the harder areas better for you. Good luck.

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answers from Washington DC on

I have been dealing with a 'baby cavity' since DD was 10 mo. old. She inherited my poor enamel. My dentist said that his son had the same thing and some kids can get spots on teeth before they even show up! Cavities forming is different than cavities there.

I would do the toothpaste thing and brush often. I would also limit sweets, especially sticky things like fruit strips or sticky candy. Make sure her teeth are brushed well before bed, too.

Evaluate the situation after the next visit. Did they put fluoride on her teeth? They've done that in the past for my child. Just a sticky paste that goes on the teeth really quickly.

As far as having to have her put under for cavities, have some specific discussions with the dentist and whoever might do the fillings. Some kids do need it. Some just need monitoring. Are they bad enough to warrant a full filling or can the dentist do a patch? My daughter's tooth is patched for now, and we'll evaluate the tooth as she grows. We might need to do a filling later, but "later" may mean she won't need to be asleep. I had fillings when I was 4 or 5 that weren't done at the hospital.

Fluoride toothpaste isn't always recommended for young kids - unless there's a problem. The tiny tiny amount that they're supposed to use shouldn't hurt them. We use both fluoride and non and trade off every other brushing. She usually gets fluoride at night and non-fluoride during the day.

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answers from Bloomington on

I would get a second opinion. My son had a different color on the top of his two front teeth when he was 2 yrs old too. They looked a little grayish/dark colored. The family dentist had said that they MAY be cavities. I took him to get a second opinion at a pediatric dentist. The ped dentist said that it was just discolored enamel. He used a little hook tool and scraped the gray part off. It was amazing. I could hardly believe it. It took only a few minutes to get rid of the discoloration. It has never came back and his two front teech are still just as white as ever.

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answers from Chicago on

Eh- my daughter had a different color at the top of her teeth when she was 2 because it was hard to get her to roll up her upper lip so I could brush good there. She is now 3.5 and they are the same color (I worked hard to brush them better there). Stand above her, behind her, roll up her upper lip with your left or other hand and brush them good with your right or main hand. Hopefully it will work out OK for you too!

I am really surprised they gave you a fluoride toothpaste for a 2 year old -- they don't really know how to spit yet and shouldn't be swallowing that stuff!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Don't worry yourself too much, this happened to my now 71/2 year old. I brushed & brushed her teeth but the dentist told me that sometimes it is inevitable due to genetics, possibly diet during pregnancy, & possibly my daughter's diet (on my side of the family, we just are not "big eaters".)

It was actually very strange, he told me that her teeth were "perfect" yet she had the same cavities/enamel wear on her two front teeth that you are describing(my daughter's went from white stains to brown). The dentist actually told me that it wasn't really necessary to have them filled unless the gums were swelling/bleeding or she had pain, I couldn't believe it! I got mad and sought out a second opinion, the second dentist said the same thing. But I thought it best to have them filled, so I did.

BUT WAIT, BEFORE YOU "PUT HER TO SLEEP", There are other options! My daughter had hers done by two different dentists. The first dentist used anesthesia & put her to sleep(I had to pay an extra $1000 for this), he did a poor job & the fillings soon wore off (I opted for porcelain that matched the teeth) so I ended up taking her to another dentist. The second dentist did not use anesthesia and told me that it was completely ridiculous for the first dentist to tell me that was the first and only option that I had, he said that especially for children that should NEVER be the first method tried when it comes to getting dental work done on them.

Anyways Those teeth have since fallen out & her permanent teeth seem totally stronger, I now brush her teeth with fluoride toothpaste & make her use a fluoride rinse, & I ensure that she takes a calcium supplements.

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answers from Kansas City on

My son had cavities on the very fronts of his teeth too and it was the same issue as another mother stated, his upper lip was covering the top portion even though we were brushing ... we had them filled, the pediatric dentist used 'laughing gas' and it was a very non-traumatic incident for my son.

He never said his teeth hurt, but his fingers were always in his mouth before we had them filled and never after so I think the cavities were hurting him .. they looked just like an orange-ish brown at the top..

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Let the dentist put her out and fill them. It is in her best interest to not remember this and just go to sleep and wake up feeling wonderful and it's over.

We did this with our oldest one who fell and broke her front tooth and I have never regretted it.

Anesthesia done in an outpatient surgery center is the correct thing to do. They have no memory of the drilling, the grinding, the smell, nothing. They go to sleep and wake up and want to go eat and play. It is stress free and not a big deal to them.