A couple of months back, we discovered dark spots on my now 2 year old son's teeth. Oh, the horror... If anything makes you feel like you're a terrible parent, then it's cavities and bad oral hygiene. Yet, with our son, we've been so much more dedicated to teeth brushing then we were with our daughter when she was little.
After some despair and then some research and then more despair, we found out that he has a severe lip tie, which would be causing the damage to his front teeth (that and he has an ENORMOUS sweet tooth).
We consulted two paediatricians but they each told us to leave the teeth alone and that loosening a lip tie isn't done anymore. Back to square one.
The thought of having the little boy put under general anaesthesia to have his teeth taken care of really didn't sit well with me, so I did some more research and started incorporating natural ways of strengthening teeth: a spoonful of coconut oil a day, a spoon of Fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil, even more dedicated brushing.
To no avail!
A couple of weeks ago, my son broke off part of his tooth and we had to get 'something' done. We went to see a very sweet dentist who just cleaned and filled the tooth, no anaesthesia required and told us to just up the routine some more and not to worry.
For jokes, my daughter climbed on the dentist chair to have her teeth checked (she'd been for a routine checkup 8 months earlier and everything was perfect then, she had no complaints). Yet the dentist found 6 severe cavities!!!
Enter the mama guilt again.
We decided not to have them filled rightaway and try the natural way if she didn't develop any pain and if it didn't get worse. I am wondering if something has caused an imbalance in our diet as in less than a year both kids have developed cavities. It is true that we eat little to no fish here in Liberia, but we do get fresh veggies... It's all very overwhelming and there are times I just want to throw in the cap.
Luckily, my daughter has been really great in the teeth cleaning, oil pulling, flossing and so on department. She even takes the FCLO with very little protest.
So can you heal our teeth? I don't know right now. But we keep trying and I'll keep you informed. Meanwhile, here's lots of information on how to take charge of oral hygiene, naturally:
General informationToxin Free Tips for a Healthier Smile (Sustainable Fitness Life)
Disinfect Your Toothbrush Naturally (Actual Organics)
How to look after your teeth and gums naturally (Actual Organics)
Teeth remineralisation routine (Save Her Teeth)
Healing Cavities Through Nutrition (Nourishing Treasures)
DIY Toothpastecoconut oil and baking soda (Health Extremist)
clay and coconut oil (Real Food Outlaws)
DIY Clay Toothpaste Recipe (Cheeky Bums Blog)
Mouth Wash RecipesHand, Foot and Mouth Disease and a Natural Mouth Wash Recipe (Hybrid Rasta Mama)
Homemade natural antiseptic Mouthwash (Healing Cuisine by Elise)
Homemade Tooth Powder and Mouth Wash (They Call Me Oyster Girl)
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PS For those of you who think it's madness not to take care of their teeth rightaway, know that the fillings used do not come without risk, nor does the anaesthesia. I prefer taking a wait and see approach and am keeping a very close look on the progress of their teeth.
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