Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2008-11-19


Developmental defect in second molars

Dear Doc

Firstly I am happy to say that my son' s foot is just fine after the axe-incident.

I have a question regarding something the dentist said yesterday. We saw a brownish spot on one on his lower second molars, and thus had the dentist check him out. Apparently it is not decay, but a developmental defect in only the second molars? they are slightly yellowish and the enamel is thus not perfect. We need to watch him closely for decay and we' re starting on Elmex Gel for 6 months, followed by Zymafluor. The dentist said it was probably caused by some kind of stress in utero, maybe a nutritional problem or something, but that it would not affect his permanent teeth. I can' t help but beat myself up that I did something wrong while I was carrying him. I am now 7 months pregnant with our second son, is there something I can do to avoid this happening to him as well?

Expert's Reply



It is really not necessary to beat yourself up about your son's molar tooth defect. In any case this is his milk set and his permanent teeth will be normal. Use the treatment as advised by the dentist.There is nothing that you can take or do during your pregnancy to prevent your new baby having the same problem, but in any case this is unlikely to happen again.

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