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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Teething (Overview)

The natural process when an infant's teeth erupt (appear from within the gums). Typically, this begins around six months and can last until three years old.


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What causes tartar on your teeth?

What causes tartar on your teeth?

Calcified plaque: Tarter is also known as calculus. When bacterial plaque remains on your teeth for a long time, the calcium ions in your saliva will cause this plaque to calcify. This needs to be removed by a professional, as it is very difficult to remove from the teeth without sharp instruments. To reduce the calculus on your teeth, get them cleaned professionally every six months. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Teething (Overview)

The natural process when an infant's teeth erupt (appear from within the gums). Typically, this begins around six months and can last until three years old.


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How long would it take until adult teeth start to grown in?

How long would it take until adult teeth start to grown in?

Varies slightly: There is no set age that the secondary teeth start to erupt, but 5 1/2 is a safe bet that you will see the lower anterior central incisors starting to poke thru. Earlier than that, the child's jaw is a bit small to accommodate adult sized teeth. Many children are a little older, and that is also perfectly normal. ...Read more

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Managing Teething (Checklist)

Let your baby chew on a wet washcloth that has been kept in the freezer
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Try a chilled teething ring
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Let your baby bite on your washed finger
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Ask your pediatrician about using acetaminophen
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I sometimes find myself clenching my teeth. Why do I do this?

I sometimes find myself clenching my teeth. Why do I do this?

Stress: This is an unconscious response to stress. In stressful situations, people will clench their teeth. The signals for this comes from your brain. Such clenching is usually harmless, unless you continue it over a long time. In such situations, you may place undue stress on your jaw joints, leading to TMJ syndrome. If you start getting symptoms, see you dentist who will recommend treatment. ...Read more

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My lower teeth feel like they are shifting. What are probable causes?

My lower teeth feel like they are shifting. What are probable causes?

Natural movement : Teeth move around all the time. They move back and forth, up and down in their sockets during chewing. If they are moving more than this, it may be due to periodontal disease where the bone surrounding the teeth is being resorbed. As teeth lose their support, they can move more pathologically. I recommend you go to your dentist for a complete exam to check your bone levels. ...Read more

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I am getting my teeth bonded soon for discoloration. Will it be painful?

I am getting my teeth bonded soon for discoloration. Will it be painful?

It shouldn't: Getting your teeth bonded for esthetic reasons should not be painful at all. Since a dental drill won't be used or used minimally, the tooth preparation for the bonding will not go near the dentin of the teeth where there are nerve fibers. Enamel has no nerve fibers in it so slight trimming of this will not hurt. It may feel funny, but won't hurt. ...Read more

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I can't see my bottom teeth when i smile. Can i get a procedure that fixes this?

I can't see my bottom teeth when i smile. Can i get a procedure that fixes this?

Yes: You can have orthodontics to extrude these teeth. This will bring them up so that they can be seen when you smile. Also, as you age, your lower lip tends to sag, revealing more of your lower teeth. However, most people don't show too much lower tooth when they smile, unless it is a very broad smile. ...Read more

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Can toothpaste damage or corrode teeth?

Very abrasive ones: Some toothpastes that are marketed and promoted as "whitening" toothpastes can be very abrasive and can wear away teeth if used on a regular basis. You can google it and get a list of toothpastes with their abrasive index to see which ones are the most harmful. There is no problem with any ada accepted non-whitening toothpaste. Excessive brushing with "hard" TB can also wear tooth structure. ...Read more

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What is the best way to fix a gap between your teeth?

What is the best way to fix a gap between your teeth?

It depends: It really depends on the shape of your teeth and how your teeth are lined up. In other words why do you have a gap? Is it that your teeth are toot small, is it because your arch is too big? A well trained dentist can asses the cause and recommend the best treatmetn for your condition. But your choices include orthodontics (move teeth), cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers. ...Read more

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What are some causes for incredibly weak teeth?

What are some causes for incredibly weak teeth?

Several things: If by incredibly weak teeth you mean teeth that get a lot of decay and break down, your diet may be at fault. If you eat a lot of acidic foods which can attack the enamel, this may lead to weakened areas of the enamel. Also, the enamel crystal may be deformed, thereby weakening it. Also, if your saliva does not contain the proper elements, this may lead to increased breakdown of your enamel. ...Read more

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Do your teeth heal from a plaque-induced hole?

Do your teeth heal from a plaque-induced hole?

No: If your tooth has a "plaque-induced" hole, this is a cavity and it will not heal. The enamel has been destroyed and will never regenerate. The only way to treat this situation is to have the cavity professionally filled by a dentist. The filling materials available now are tooth colored and very natural looking. This will restore your tooth to health, but the enamel will never return. ...Read more

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What causes a "gap" between the two front teeth?

What causes a "gap" between the two front teeth?

Many things: The gap between your upper front teeth can be caused by a low frenum, which is the muscle attachment attaching the upper lip to the upper jaw. This fibrous band will keep the teeth apart. The space must be closed first before this attachment is cut or the space will open again. This is due to the scar tissue which forms following the frenectomy procedure. ...Read more

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Will it hurt to have a crowded teeth expander put in?

Will  it hurt to have a crowded teeth expander put in?

Yes: There will be some discomfort associated with expansion of the upper jaw to correct a crossbite. This is due to the pressure the appliance exerts on the teeth as it is activated to widen the jaw. Also, if the jaw has matured somewhat and the suture that is expanding has some bone in it, separation of the two halves of the upper jaw will cause discomfort until the initial movement has occurred. ...Read more

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Would it be absolutely necessary to get my wisdom teeth out?

Would it be absolutely necessary to get my wisdom teeth out?

Maybe not: Wisdom teeth do not always have to be removed. If the teeth erupt normally, there is no reason to extract them. They will function well in your mouth. Wisdom teeth need to be removed if they are impacted and do not erupt normally. This impaction can be in the bone or the soft tissue. If you get infections in the soft tissue as the wisdom teeth erupt, it may be necessary to extract them. ...Read more

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Why do some people have crooked teeth and others teeth alignment problems?

Why do some people have crooked teeth and others teeth alignment problems?

Blame parents: Like hair color, height, l or r handed ness, tooth alignment, jaw relationships, crowding, spacing, and smo many other things are guided by genetics and affected by environment. See a qualified orthodontic specialist to discuss your concerns and your personalized solution choices. ...Read more

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Why do people grind their teeth during sleep?

Why do people grind their teeth during sleep?

Stress relief: Grinding your teeth at night is probably a stress relieving function of the body. Such grinding comes from signals in your brain, causing the chewing muscles to activate. It may also occur in response to a "high spot" in your bite. Such an area can stimulate the muscles to chew on this area. If you are grinding your teeth at night, see a TMJ specialist to get the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can you avoid stained teeth if you brush often?

Will help: Brushing teeth will help reduce sensitivity but reducing wine, coffee, cigarette intake will help you more. ...Read more

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When do people usually get their wisdom teeth taken out?

When do people usually get their wisdom teeth taken out?

20-24 yrs old: By this age your dentist will know if your wisdom teeth will need removal. Get a consult w an oral surgeon! ...Read more

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Where can I go to find help for my jaw and clenching teeth?

Where can I go to find help for my jaw and clenching teeth?

TMJ specialist: I recommend searching for a specialist in TMJ problems. This dentist will assess you jaw joints and their range of motions. He/she may also test the muscles of your face to see if there is any hyperactivity. Also, your teeth will be assessed to see if your clenching is causing premature wear of your teeth. There are several treatments for such problems, such as a bite splint, massage, soft diet. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel like gagging when brushing your teeth?

Is it normal to feel like gagging when brushing your teeth?

Not usually: Occasionally this may happen if you are congested, or have a cold, but it should not happen on a regular basis. You need to ask yourself - when did this start, and what else if anything changed at that time (new brand of tooth paste, eating different foods, etc.). If nothing stands out, i would have an evaluation by your physician or an ear, nose and throat specialist. ...Read more

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