A 36-year-old member asked:
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what is a good way to determine if the tooth that is loose a baby one or an adult one?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Ask: Ask your dentist. He/she's been trained to recognize the difference. Sound's like you need a comprehensive examination. Don't put it off.
Answered on Aug 7, 2013
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Hard to say..: .. Over the internet. How old is the child? Which tooth? Ask you can see, your question cannot be answered without this information. Have a local dentist examine the child and the loose tooth.
Answered on May 13, 2015
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
For whom?: Patient age, size, shade. Contours, position and occasionally x-rays all help in distinguishing primary (baby) teeth from permanent (adult) teeth. It's easy for the trained eyes of a dentist but often not for parents.
Answered on Mar 5, 2019

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