Re: Multiple Crowns for 4yr. old
Why is the dentist not removing the decay, placing fillings, and then sealants on the teeth?
Diet is a major contributing factor to tooth decay. Does she drink fruit juices, milk, anything like Pedia-Lite, or soda? What types of foods does she eat? Some foods and drinks are healthy for kids, but they can wreak havoc on teeth, especially on children who may have thin enamel and/or 'sweet' saliva. Does she breathe through her mouth more than her nose? Does she go to bed or take naps with a drink of some sort?
Brushing 3 times a day is a good thing, especially right before bed, but you also want her to drink and try and rinse her mouth out with water after every meal and snacks. If she has trouble rinsing, which is not easy for kids to do, then have her drink some water after snacks, meals, and anything she drinks.
If you don't have fluoride added to your water, then consider purchasing kids toothpaste with fluoride. You only need a small drop of toothpaste, (about the size of a pea), on the toothbrush and then rinse after you are done brushing. Fluoride causes problems when consumed in large quantities. If she is not taking any fluoride supplements, there's no fluoride in the water, and she doesn't have a fluoride rinse, using toothpaste with fluoride is ok.
If you use a standard manual kids toothbush, consider using a powered toothbrush. Electric or battery powered toothbrushes work well in cleaning the teeth and stimulating the gums. If you don't floss her teeth, start a flossing routine as soon as possible.