This post contains an affiliate link to scholarly work on the topic, but this post in itself is just our own story of how we handled very bad tooth decay in our oldest child. This is not advice that you should do the same, and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek medical advice from licensed medical professionals. This post - this entire blog - is informational purposes only, and cannot diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I’m a mom in herb school. I am not a doctor (or dentist).
Now. Our story.
Get comfortable, this one might be a bit long.
Got your drink or snack? Ready? Ok. Here goes.
I need to put this all into context, and that begins with Lovebug’s first days. She had some incredible challenges nursing, and I had some incredible hurdles to jump to get the help we needed. That alone took the first seven months of her life. But at 7 months, I was finally able to get her posterior tongue tie revised. However,
over the course of the next year and a half, and lots of research, we discovered that she also had an upper lip tie. She already had her top teeth. There was a significant gap, and it was thick. This tie created pockets on her upper gum line, and while she slept, saliva pooled in these pockets. Bacteria loves to breed in pooled saliva. That bacteria rotted out her top teeth. They looked awful. It also weakened her enamel on those teeth, and she had chips from two not-that-bad spills she took at home. Just normal toddler spills - not something where you’d expect teeth to chip.
So I found myself nursing a two year old with chipped teeth (can we say ouch?!) that needed a lot of help. And to top it all off, I was pregnant with Chipmunk. Around that time, she took another of her good spills, and tore the lip tie all on her own (and lost another piece of one of her precious teeth). In case you're reading this and your own toddler has an upper lip tie - if they fall, and it tears, just warning you - it’s a lot of blood. I mean so much you’ll think it must be coming from other places, and not just his/her lip. Even Chipmunk’s bloody noses are sometimes less blood than a torn upper lip tie. You’ve been warned.
Fast forward to three years old. When I brought Chipmunk to a “preferred provider” (for those familiar with the tongue tie support group on Facebook), he told me he wouldn’t touch her reattached upper lip tie without first pulling her top two front teeth first, because they were in such awful shape. I said, “No, thank you.”
Here is how I saved her teeth. This was June of 2014. I got her brushing with my tooth powder, but I brushed her teeth until she learned how to brush them really well. I got her onto a Weston A Price diet, eventually including raw milk, once she outgrew her FPIES (Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome), soaked grains - I did it all. This was also before the controversy over Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil - so she had that daily (she loved it!). The following February - on her birthday, poor kid - we went back to the dentist, who didn’t think twice about performing a laser revision on her upper lip tie that day. (This was a different dentist, not on the preferred provider list, but personally, I think he’s much more qualified than the preferred provider we saw first). Finally, that summer, I took her to a local dentist here in Vermont, and I was given a big thumbs up for remineralizing her enamel.
Today, one of those teeth is wiggly, and I’m anxiously waiting to see the adult teeth. The reason I refused to have her teeth pulled is threefold. Firstly, she needs the baby teeth to help guide down the adult teeth for proper positioning (that’s my understanding). Secondly, pulling her teeth would not remove all the bacteria that the first dentist was concerned about. However, if a revision was successful, and we were diligent in remineralizing, we would be able to stop the bacterial growth - which we did, and even reversed it. Lastly, and this is another post all its own; pulling her teeth would have required sedation, which carries additional risk for those with certain MTHFR mutations. It simply wasn’t worth the risk. So, while this story won’t be over until we see her adult teeth, I’m still very proud of what we accomplished. Want to learn more? Check out this book (affiliate link):
by Ramiel Nagel. (I'm beginning to use affiliate links to try to generate a little bit of income to cover my time spent writing. I have a LOT I want to write about, so hopefully I can keep up now. I will only post links to books or products I actually use/read and like. I originally wrote this post without the affiliate link, and then signed up for my account, and edited the post).
Have you reversed any decay, or a cavity? Tell us about it in the comments!
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