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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Janine | 2008/08/06

Q.

BABY 18 MONTHS OLD

My baby is 18 months old and she started refusing her milk (S26 Gold) when she was 12 months old. Since then she eats yogurts and drinks dairy based fruit juices so I am not very worried that she does not get in her milk. She drink about 1lt of fruit juice which we always dilute with water 50/50 in 24hrs - 50% of the juices are the Dinone or Dairy Bell yogurt juices and the other is Crush Berry Juice or Fortris baby juice. We brush her teeth twice a day with Oral B toothpaste (Kiddies one) and she gets one Zymaflour tablet every day - when she was younger we used the Zymaflour drops. I noticed that two of her top teeth is turning brown at the back and I am very worried that they might rot ? Is she to young to go to a dentist and are there dentists that specilise in small children or should I just leave it? I cannot see how a dentist will get her at 18 months to open her mouth if she will not even open it for us ? Please assist. Thankyou.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your daughter is very young to be going to a dentist and she will be very unco-operative if she does go to one. She is drinking too much in the way of acid fruit juices and this is affecting the enamel of her teeth despite your excellent dental care.Take her off most of these juices and substitute with other liquids such as unsweetened rooibos.She can perhaps have diluted apple juice once a day. Fortunately she seems to like yoghurt.

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