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what are effects of breastfeeding a 2 year old with teeth. i took my 24 month old to dentist. he looked. 1/2 minute. said she needs 6 crowns..please h?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Second opinion: If you were not impressed with the time or treatment given to your child, seek a second opinion. Babies teeth need to be cleaned regularly, especially before sleep, whether they drink cow's milk, breast milk, or juice.
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 21 years experience
Are you brushing?: Breast milk on its own does not cause tooth decay. It does contain milk sugars, but also lactoferrin, which kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, breast milk does contribute to plaque or biofilm formation. When you add other foods into the mix, they will stick to the biofilm/plaque and attract cavity causing bacteria. Regardless, if you feel uncomfortable, get a second opinion.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Avoidable 1 yr ago: Sorry, but this was preventable. Should have started w dentist @ age 1 to learn proper hygiene. Age 2 is a full year too late. Breast or bottle feeding, leaving the milk on the teeth, then putting the child to bed allows milk sugars to feed decay producing bacteria. Don't delay...Have infections controlled now.P.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Possible!: If you failed to clean your child's teeth after each breast feeding, than you inadvertently left milk on your baby's teeth and made at extreme risk for decay! baby teeth aren't as strong as adult teeth and do ate easier to decay. Your dentist is more than likely giving an appropriate diagnose. Ask what measures you can take in the future to prevent this from happening again!

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