Seeking Info on My Sons Teeth

Updated on September 22, 2006
S.M. asks from Adrian, GA
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my son is ten years old and has very bad teeth .he goes to the dentist regularly but no one can tell me what is wrong with them.all of his teeth are soft and break off really easily,he gets vitamins, brushes teeth reagularly.what can i do to help him do i just have them all pulled and get him implants at this age?

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i have made an appointment with a childrens specialist in dentistry,after readding all the great comments maybe i havent relized that we do drink well water and maybe he isnt getting all that he needs.but i will soon find an answer hopefully.thanks a million moms

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answers from Atlanta on

Have you tried a pediatric dentist? I take my two little grandsons to Koolsmiles in Smyrna. They are just for kids and are great. Maybe they can help you, since they specialize only with children's dental care. You may also think about a Periodontist. Best of luck!

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answers from Chattanooga on

I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 10 years but now choose to stay home with my children. Please never consider pulling a 10 year old teeth. You really need a second opinion and need to demand some answers. There could be a number of things going on for example does your child grind his teeth at night and simply could wear a nightguard to protect his teeth from breaking. Are you on well water that does not contain natural floruide? There is no reason a childs teeth should naturally be breaking and to be "soft". Ask around and get some answers for your questions. There is a solution for you and your child but getting a second opinion would be a wonderful start.

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answers from Birmingham on

I took a class in college that often had professioal speakers. I remember a Dentist saying that if a child uses adult tooth paste, the abrasiveness and fluoride content can break down their delicate teeth. This especially happens if they don't rinse well afterwords. Poor nutrition has a huge effect on the teeth as well. Even if your son eats three full meals and snacks per day, he could be lacking something. Lack of vitamin D, calcium and magnesium are the most common cause for brittle teeth. Good luck with your search.
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answers from Birmingham on

Have you tried the special strengthening toothpaste that the dentist can prescribe for him. I am now 27 years old, and I do not have most of my teeth. I have not even been able to afford and go have them taken out. I am getting my top teeth done. There is no logical reason that my teeth are so bad, I brush and floss like everyone else, but for some reason mine are just bad. I have done everything to strengthen them. I don't even eat hard candy.



answers from Huntsville on

I'm not sure what the answer is, but my advice is to keep insisting on trying to find an explanation and also a solution because he is so young and this (obviously) impact the rest of his life.

When I was in high school, my teeth were terrible. When I was in college, I started having some weird symptoms and the doctors diagnosed Lupus with Sjogren's Syndrome (dry mouth, dry eyes, dry everything). The lack of saliva caused cavities and probably now, at 32, about half of my teeth are crowns. I'm not sure, but I think your son is too young for Sjogren's to be a possibility.

Having crowns or implants is such a pain because you have to care for them more than you would your real teeth, plus you will probably replace them at least once during your lifetime. I am looking at starting to replace crowns, and THEY ARE EXPENSIVE!!! Particularly when you have a mouthful that need replacing.

Good luck.



answers from Huntsville on

I've heard of that happening sometimes.



answers from Macon on

Is he possibly on any medications that could be causing this? I had a friend that was on seizure medicine for epilepsy that had very brittle teeth b/c the medicine ate away at the enamel on his teeth. Maybe a bone doctor(if a dentist can't) could help-maybe there is a calcium deficiency for some reason.



answers from Nashville on

Dear S.

I don't know who no one is, but if I were in your position, I would talk to his peditrician. If the peditrician can't help, find a new one that can. Remember, the same blood that runs through your body runs through your teeth and gums. IF his teeth are unhealthy, it is likely that his body is suffering from some problem as well. Heart disease is linked to poor gum and teeth health and although he is young, I think he may be setting up for decreased health in his later years.

Did he take alot of antibiotics when he was younger? Sometimes large amounts of medication can effect the development and health of teeth and gums.

Don't let this go, find someone who can help you....keep pressing the health care professionals you have access to until you gt an anwser.



answers from Memphis on

you might see about getting him some potasium tablets they are for making bones stronger. but I wouldnt get him implants just yet.



answers from Savannah on

Get a second opinion from another dentist. This is definitely an issue. You don't want him to lose all his adult teeth or have a mouth full of implants or crowns at his age.



answers from Jackson on

I have a wonderful pediatric dentist. Heber Simmons- He was my husbands dentist when he was little and he sees both of my children. My kids have problems with their teeth and he is great!

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