Re: nursing to sleep/night nursing and dental health
I night-nursed Lilah until she was 2 years old and we didn't really start brushing her teeth until she was almost 2. Maybe we brushed them once or twice a week between 18 months and 2 years? She hasn't had any cavities or discoloration on her teeth. We did start brushing them nightly when she was 2 and now we also brush them in the morning a few times a week. We're working towards brushing them every morning and every night. We have probably flossed her teeth a total of 5 times. We brush Trixie's teeth every night and have since she was about 10 months old. We'll probably brush them twice a day when we finally get all the way there with Lilah, since we'll have a routine in place. She night nurses all night long and will for another year, I imagine. She also has no cavities or discoloration.
I think that there is a large genetic component to it. I would be more inclined to believe the second dentist about the enamel defect. I have never had a cavity and I can guarantee that my mom was not brushing my teeth once or twice a day when I was a small child. I think the fluoride in the water and the hard enamel on my teeth protected me from cavities.
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months