dd (2 years old)was goofing around the other day, slipped & came down on the side of her crib with her chin & ended up breaking her front tooth. So, we took her first trip to the dentist. Aside from the broken tooth, she noticed some other cavities. I don’t think her enamel was fully formed on her top two teeth when they came in, so I think they were even more susceptible. Anyway, at first I assumed it was that plus too much candy & not enough brushing (or not good enough brushing) which the dentist was agreeing with until I mentioned she still breastfeeds. As soon as I said that, she switched gears and said that’s the cause of them & went on to say it’s similar to babies with bottle mouth. She didn’t insist I should wean or anything, but implied it would be better for her teeth if I did. I didn’t respond much at the time (because I was trying not to cry), but from all I’ve read up to now, I thought breastmilk didn’t cause cavities & was completely different. I even heard Dr Sears say that on tv a while back. I didn’t even tell this part to my husband because I didn’t want him to latch on to it & want me to give up bf’ing her. But I want to do what’s best for her (& her teeth), especially since we're looking at potentiaaly high priced treatment for the cavities she has & having to sedate her to fix them. I don;t want to do anything to make her teeth any worse. I just don’t truly believe bf’ing is a cause. As common as it is to bf a toddler in so many cultures, I don't think they're all running around with bad teeth, so I'm really thinking it's more my lack of holding her down to brush her teeth well enough & often enough.
Sorry this is so long, but I'm looking for any personal experiences on this since I don;t know many people who bf past one (unfortunately).