First the tooth decay:
I exclusively breastfed my daughter for nearly the whole first year of her life. Then I introduced some high-carb foods into her diet, including cooked rice and pasta and of course fruit. Shortly after, I started noticing her two front teeth were starting to decay. They have been getting worse ever since (almost six months ago). I blame the grains and my own high-fat diet. I haven't been able to take her to a dentist but I don't feel that they would be helpful anyway and would blame it on breastfeeding (which I don't plan on stopping for quite a while). I know that's not the case and I feel that the only thing that might remedy the situation is changing my own diet (I'm doing a 30 day challenge - on or before May 1st - to get me started) and only allowing her to have breast milk, fruits and greens. I started using coconut oil in an attempt to treat her tooth decay (similar to oil pulling). But I really worry about the fat content if she swallows any of the oil which is bound to happen since she is only a year old.
Some questions: Should I stop using the coconut oil or is there a way that I can use it that might have similar benefits to oil pulling? Is there something else I should be using besides just water to brush her teeth with? How much fruits and greens should a one-year old be consuming in addition to breast milk.. and are there any resources you know of regarding children's nutrition in relation to 811? Is there anything I can do besides the diet to help her body remineralize those teeth?
The other problem:
She developed oral trush a couple of days ago and I have been treating it with baking soda and coconut oil. Of course I worry about the salt content and the fat content and while I know the 811 diet will get rid of it, I'm not sure what else I can do for short-term relief except get pharmaceutical treatment which I absolutely do not want to do. I know the thrush wasn't caused by the oil because I also have some candida stuff going on. All of the "natural treatments" I've found on the internet (baking soda, vinegar, grapefruit seed extract) seem scary, to say the least. Essentially I'm just trying to prevent the trush from getting worse or spreading while our bodies work on healing once we are eating properly.
I'm also wondering though, will the baking soda cause more harm than good? If so, what else can I use to keep her symptoms at bay?
If anybody has an answer to these questions or any additional suggestions, they will be so greatly appreciated. I know I need to change my diet ASAP. High-fat and grain-based diet is not doing either of us any good. Thanks for your time!
I think eating acid fruits sparingly or only with a little fat might help. I have read that the fat protects the teeth from the acid.
You could also try Ecodent tooth paste. I am not sure if they make a children's "flavour" but it seems to work for me atm. My son still uses a toothpaste that he is able to swallow if needed.
I have also read good things about vitamin K2 in helping teeth.
Best of luck, hope you can find a balance for you and your little one.
carrots contain a ton of assimilable calcium. we remineralized my little brother's teeth when he was about 6 years old and although it's a controversial subject for those with really bad teeth, who've "tried everything", this is the way to go.
just juice daily -- a cup or two of super sweet, organic carrots. you want to do it early on, while the cavity holes and rot are still forming . . . after a certain point of degrading, there might be less likelihood of healing capacity, though i couldn't say because my teeth are great after learning about eating high calcium foods from true food, organic raw vegan sources.
i know this post is old, but she'll have new teeth forming someday and you know, someone else may come across this info and find it benefits them too.