Effects on baby's teeth

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Effects on baby's teeth

Postby Angelikaau » Feb 16, 2008 7:38 am

Hi everyone!

I have a question about long-term effects on my baby's teeth. My daughter (2 yrs. old) just had to go through three hours of dental surgery because her teeth did not form any enamel and were so brittle and decaying already that they had to crown her molars and have special sealants put on her front teeth. The pediatric dentist seems to think that this was probably caused by the medication I was taking during pregnancy because I suffered from HG. Has anyone else heard of this problem or gone through this? I've never heard of that being a possible side effect of the medication and wasn't ever told this could happen by any of the doctors if this is true. I've been really upset about my little girl having to go through all of this and am wondering if it did have something to do with my pregnancy...
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Postby mrsbigdog » Feb 16, 2008 8:10 am

I'm so sorry your daughter has had so many problems with her teeth at such a young age. And, I'm sorry you're feeling guilty about it!

I have three girls, ages 19 to 2yrs.

My 19 yr old's teeth are the worst. They constantly chip off. I'm worried about how long they will end up lasting. I was offered no meds at all when HGing with her. I blame the bad teeth on my starvation and lack of good nutrition while pregnant with her.

My 13 yr old has teeth that are terribly mis-colored. I received only compazine for two weeks when pg with her so, limited med usage. I've been told by several people in the dental field that the color issue is because of my lack of nutrition while pg with her.

My 2 yr old isn't showing any dental problems yet and I was on Zofran for nearly the entire pg as well as Reglan and Pepcid. I'm hoping for the best with her teeth.

Amazingly, none of them have ever had any cavities. I think they inherited my family's teeth - I've not really had any dental issues (other than misalignment) even after three rounds of HG and I, personally, avoid the dentist like the plague due to a severe fear of dentists.

Many things can cause bad teeth issues but I think for most of our HG babies it is often the malnutrition issues during pregnancy more than the meds that cause them.

Don't beat yourself up about it. Just remember, if you hadn't survived with meds she might not be here at all!

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Postby Angelikaau » Feb 16, 2008 8:49 am

Thank you so much for your reply...I do feel better...and like you, I kind of have always thought in the back of my mind (once we figured this out last month) that it may have more to do with lack of nutrition as well. She was my first (I also have a 5 month old HG baby)and was given limited medication because I didn't know what was going on. I really only tried Zofran and Reglan for a few weeks b/c I started it late, and it didn't really seem to help. I was on medication longer with my second...I just remember being very malnourished and dehydrated with my first and am wondering if that was more the cause of her teeth issues than the medication. I know in the end, it is just her teeth. I prayed many nights before she went into surgery about it and was so worried, but God kept reminding me at least they are just teeth and there are much worse things I could be dealing with. So, I'm trying to keep it all in perspective, but it is nice to hear from others about what they've gone through. I'm hoping my second won't have to go through the same thing.
Thanks so much for replying! :)
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Postby IslandDreamer » Feb 16, 2008 9:42 am

My youngest had a consult with the pediatric dentist. Enamel hypoplasia, which sounds like what you heard. The dentist thinks it's from meds that impact secretions during first tri but that the adult teeth will be uneffected.

Given the choice, I'd still have taken the med in question, but I wish I'd known.
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Postby MichellevsHG » Feb 17, 2008 9:13 pm

:hugs: I'm sorry your little one is having teeth troubles.

Interesting tidbit about HG and children's teeth issues. :(
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Postby teddi » Feb 21, 2008 1:08 pm

Malnutrition is one of the noted causes of enamel dysplasia. It's said that *some* drugs may be linked w/it as well but I've not figured out *which* drugs and there's no reason I hvae yet to believe the HG meds most commonly used as suspects. The malnutrition I endured with my twins though, I do suspect! :hugs:
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Postby violinprincess » Feb 21, 2008 9:40 pm

Were the babies' teeth very late in showing up, when they had the enamel problems?
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Postby amberlovely » Feb 23, 2008 6:28 pm

interesting! thanks for posting this. my 4 year old had enamel defects on two uper and two lower middle teeth. they enamel is thin and not white on the tips of those four teeth.

our dentist said that it was most likely caused from trama due to malnutrition. i had never even thought about the impact from the zofran that i was on.

from what i have learned the 4 first teeth to come in are the only ones whose enamel is formed in utero...and that is why he only has a problem with those 4. our dentist was right because when the rest of his teeth came in they were perfect.

we just make sure he gets 2-3 brushings in a day and have checkups every 6 months.
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Postby Bellas_mama » Feb 23, 2008 6:40 pm

My dd has gotten cavities early and weird. One of her front teeth got a green spot on it. I wasn't dignosed with HG but I suspect I had. I'm thinking the denist mentioned that she had thin enamal...I never really really placed it with the pg till this post.
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Postby Angelikaau » Mar 01, 2008 2:00 pm

Hi everyone!
I haven't been one in a long time...everyone in my house has been sick for a month!
But, it is nice to hear other mothers' feedback/experience with this teeth thing. My daughter didn't get the late or early...they came in on time. I also didn't know that only the first four teeth's enamel are formed in utero... our pediatric dentist just said it was probably due to the medecine and that all her teeth had the enamel problem...she even did some special sealing on her front teeth while she was in the procedure to protect them. Now her first molar from her second set of molars just started coming in and I'm very worried...and brushing them all the time until they come all the way in and I can get them sealed.
Maybe it's a combination of the medecine and being malnourished? My six month old is just starting to get his first two teeth and I was on medication even longer with him...but in the hospital longer too getting more fluids/nutrients. I am praying he doesn't have this problem as well...and am taking him to the dentist a lot earlier to have them checked!
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Postby Cheri » Mar 20, 2008 11:27 pm

I'm coming to this thread late, but Matthew and Lily both have enamel hypoplasia on their upper front teeth. I also put it off to my malnutrition and have been feeling guilty on this one. Hadn't really thought about medication having an impact.
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Postby MsBettyBlueEyes » Mar 26, 2008 11:17 pm

My son is now 6 years old. I suffered from HG through my whole pregnancy with him but was not on any medication. When he was 2 yrs old he had oral surgery because his teeth were so bad. It was awful! I will never forget that day.....sitting in the waiting room. All of his front teeth were capped and he has silver crowns in back and he also recieved fillings. His entire mouth was worked on. But no one could tell me why his teeth were so bad. I brushed his teeth twice a day and never let him sleep with his bottle. It wasnt until I came to this site that I learned about Enamyl Hypoplasia. His adult teeth are coming in good and have had no problems like we had with his baby teeth.
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I was thinking the same thing

Postby Zephra » Jun 19, 2008 4:01 pm

I am 26 years old my mom had what she believes was hg with both me and my sister. I actually had hg with both my girls. My oldest is 5 and i noticed the other day her front teeth are chiping. I have always had bad teeth, my mom always said it was from her pregancy and now that i have a child that has bad teeth i am starting to believe my mom.
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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby danielsmith2 » Jun 24, 2013 4:43 am

My brother’s youngest son had a consult with the pediatric dentist. The dentist thinks it's from meds that impact secretions during first try but that the adult teeth will be unaffected. So, I feel very relax about my nephew about his teeth.


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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby danielsmith2 » Jul 20, 2013 3:35 am

My brother’s youngest son had a consult with the pediatric dentist. The dentist thinks it's from meds that impact secretions during first try but that the adult teeth will be unaffected. So, I feel very relax about my nephew about his teeth.



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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby laylaeomommy » Oct 30, 2013 9:44 am

Both of my daughters ( HG survivors) have tooth issues. My oldest ( 6) has a fractured baby tooth and a big ole non cavity hole in her molar. My 3 year old had two molars on opposite sides of her mouth that hollowed out and had cavities directly in the center. We are big on brushing teeth and we were told 6 months before she got cavities that her teeth looked hollow and that they suspected that she would get cavities in those teeth. The pedi dentists have told me that in the 3 year olds case her teeth were damaged when formed when I was around 5 months pregnant. That is when my HG was at its worst so we are pretty confident that her tooth issues are from HG. My oldest they aren't 100% sure it's related to her HG since she has a rare disease and was on chemotherapy for 1.5 years.
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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby ShannonD » Nov 20, 2013 9:52 am

I believe I posted on here that there have been no issues with my sons teeth... & in April, 2013 when he had a check up there were no cavities. Well I was flossing his teeth & a piece of his tooth came off & it was all brown underneath! Into the dentist & he has 8, yes 8, cavities!!!!!!!! OMG!!!! We are super serious about dental health & make sure his teeth are brushed twice a day, flossed, fluoride toothpaste, on town water with fluoride enriched water, he never even had juice till he was 2.5! We don't drink pop or eat lots of sugary food. I spoke with my dentist as of course we were both alarmed & the only thing we can think of is me having HG when pregnant with him (baby tooth buds are formed while still inside mommy)..... but I'm not sure as wouldn't the problems have shown up earlier than 5 years? either way we see a pediatric dentist & he will probably have to have the 1 tooth pulled. I'm really hoping his adult teeth will be better! My husband & I have never had cavities so this is a real shock!
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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby danielsmith2 » Feb 05, 2014 4:54 am

I'm so sorry your daughter has had so many problems with her teeth at such a young age. And, I'm sorry you're feeling guilty about it!. It happens like this, one of my friends daughter also suffered with the same problem.
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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby joanna81 » Mar 06, 2014 8:56 am

My 2's teeth are not great :( I'm really sad about this.
My first and worst hg pg seems to have better teeth cosmetically at 3.5 there just seems to be some slight discolouration on the front two top teeth. My son however seems to have fared much worse. His teeth are coming through with rough brown patches on the front teeth :( I'm very concerned about their long term dental health & keep thinking if this is what their teeth look like, what about their bones?!?
I feel so guilty :(
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Re: Effects on baby's teeth

Postby danielsmith2 » May 03, 2014 6:13 am

I'm so sorry your daughter has had so many problems with her teeth at such a young age, every thing will be fine don't worry.
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