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A 41-year-old member asked:

my daughter is 2 and she only has her 4 front teeth. what could be causing the delay?

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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
Slow : Some people develop quickly, some slower, if the teeth are there , they will erupt. Have patience. A visit at the dentist can produce an xray to confirm the presence of the teeth if you want to know now. See tooth chart http://www.Mouthhealthy.Org/en/az-topics/e/eruption-c.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Genetics: Eruption patterns vary widely among youngsters. Have her examined by a pediatric dentist who can determine how far along her other teeth are in erupting.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Delayed dentition: U should take her 2 see a dentist anyway even if she has only 4 teeth. Her x-ray will show if she has delayed dentitio or absent teeth whcih is a rare condition but it will allay ur fears to know she has teeth that just are taking time to erupt.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What age should I take my daughter to the dentist? She 9months now and has four teeth.

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Family Medicine 8 years experience
Between 1-3 years: Go whenever you can find a pediatric or family dentist who will see her at her age. Do watch and clean those teeth gently. Make sure she doesn't sleep with a bottle. The pediatrician can sometimes paint teeth with Fluoride to protect them if you can't get a dentist to see her. Vitamin + Fluoride drops can be used if needed. Even though she'll lose the baby teeth, they're still important for now!
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The dentist said my daughter's teeth are too crowded and some need pulling. She is only 12. What should we do?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Second opinion: If a dr. Of any sort is afraid of a 2nd opinion i would find another dr.We try to act in the best interest of our patient and if you are doubtful of a diagnosis or treatment get another opinion-it is and always should be about you and your health.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

My daughter is 8yrs old & her teeth on the bottom r not loose at all &the new ones are fully in. Is she too young to be put under to have them pulled?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Have them evaluated: Without seeing your daughter and without knowing what a current x-ray looks like of the lower right baby teeth look like in relation to the lower right adult teeth, it's difficult to answer that question. But 8 years old is not too young to have teeth extracted. Her health, medical condition & her tolerance for having dental procedures performed need to be assessed by a dentist to make that call.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

My 6year old daughter isn't eating right lately, she says it's because she feels like something is between her teeth, can you tell me what this could be?

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Dr. William Boelter
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
?: No idea see your dentist if this continues!
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A 29-year-old female asked:

My daughter's teeth is coming and apart from the normal ones two teeth are coming behind the two front down ones.She is 5.9yrs .What can be done?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Dentist evaluation: This is quite common. Sometimes the primary (baby) teeth should be removed while other times it isn't necessary as they will fall out on their own with no impact on the position of the permanent teeth. Have your daughter seen by a general dentist who treats young children or a pedodontist (pediatric dentist) to evaluate this situation and determine what, if anything, needs to be done.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Great photo and advice, Dr. Sandler!
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