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How to get a three year old to brush his teeth! ?

How to get a three year old to brush his teeth! ?

Be a good example: Make brushing your teeth an activity you do together. Children love to model their behavior after their parents. If you make it an event they look forward to, versus a chore they have to do they are more likely to become invested in it. ...Read more

Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Teething (Definition)

The natural process of tooth eruption. Although the rare infant is born with teeth, for most infants the process begins around three months and can last ...Read more


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What can I do to stop my three year old from grinding her teeth at night?

What can I do to stop my three year old from grinding her teeth at night?

Don't worry: Grinding teeth is psychological. It is not that harmful to the baby teeth. Hug your baby before the bed time and give lots of love. For adult, night-guard will prevent teeth from excessive damage. ...Read more

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Is three old enough to allow a child to floss on their own? When trying to floss his teeth, our three year old son keeps trying to grab the floss and saying that he can do it. What is the best age to allow them to floss on their own? .

Is three old enough to allow a child to floss on their own? When trying to floss his teeth, our three year old son keeps trying to grab the floss and saying that he can do it. What is the best age to allow them to floss on their own? .

Not even close: Eye-hand coordination for brushing not there 'til l5-7, flossing 'till 9-10. This is one of those parent things where you have to insist. Let him brush and floss, but you have to get in there after him and clean what he can't. Make it fun. Sing songs, try pea sized portions of various toothpastes, have him sit in your lap facing away from you when you floss him. You have to do this for him! ...Read more

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My three year old has a small cavity in his molar. Brushes teeth regularly. What would cause this?

My three year old has a small cavity in his molar. Brushes teeth regularly. What would cause this?

Regardless of cause: Untreated tooth decay in the primary teeth will increase the probability of problems in the permanent dentition. See a pedodontist for consultation and parents education session. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Is it easier to floss a child's teeth while they are lying down? I have a really difficult time getting my three year old to sit still while I try and floss. At the dentist though, while he's lying back in the chair, he seems to be fine. Is this the key m

Is it easier to floss a child's teeth while they are lying down? I have a really difficult time getting my three year old to sit still while I try and floss. At the dentist though, while he's lying back in the chair, he seems to be fine. Is this the key m

If it works...: I find the easiest way to floss a child's teeth is have them sit in your lap facing away from you, leaning back against you, with their head tipped up. This gives them support and gives you easy access. If however your child is comfortable lying down, go for it. The important thing is daily flossing, not position. Good for you. ...Read more

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Three year old has a few small cavities in front teeth. Dentist says no pain no problem and we should just wait til they get loose on their own?

Three year old has a few small cavities in front teeth. Dentist says no pain no problem and we should just wait til they get loose on their own?

Second opinion: I would need to see the "small cavities", but I am concerned about leaving carious lesions on any teeth. See a pediatric dentist for a second opinion. It will cost less in the long run to fix them now. ...Read more

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My three year old has two cavities - what will happen? My daughter has two cavities. Are cavities in children and in baby teeth filled the same way that they are in adults? .

Mostly the same: The process of removing the decay and placing a restoration is similar but there are some differences because the teeth are smaller. Many 3 year olds are better treated by a pediatric dentist. It is important to get these teeth treated as soon as you can. The dentist will help you find you why your child has cavities and how to prevent them in the future. Follow their advice. ...Read more

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So I just got into a head collision with a three year old. He seems fine and so do I is it safe for us to go to sleep? Mine was on top of the head in the very front not sure where his was. It was a pretty hard hit considering my teeth clicked togethe

So I just got into a head collision with a three year old. He seems fine and so do I is it safe for us to go to sleep? Mine was on top of the head in the very front not sure where his was. It was a pretty hard hit considering my teeth clicked togethe

Warning signs: Watch closely for warning signs of serious head injury: nausea/vomiting; slurred speech; confusion; worsening headache; numbness/ weakness/ clumsiness; drowsiness/lethargic; one pupil of eye larger than the other. If any passing out or fainting, must seek immediate care. If 3-yr old is very irritable or cannot be calmed, also serious. Go to ER if any of these dangerous signs or symptoms. ...Read more

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How are cavities in baby teeth filled? Our three year old son is going to need a cavity in a baby tooth filled, and we would like some idea of what the procedure will be like. Is it the same as for adults? .

Pretty much: Fillings in children's teeth are anatomically adjusted to match the shape of baby teeth, but the procedures are pretty much the same. Dentists are really pretty good at making the experience easy and comfortable for your child. Once the cavity is filed, talk to your dentist about proper brushing, mandatory flossing, diet, sealants, and fluoride, to reduce risk of further problems. ...Read more

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What happens with a cracked baby tooth? While brushing our three year old son's teeth last week, I noticed what looks like a crack on one of his teeth. It doesn't seem to hurt him at all, and I've made an appointment with our dentist. I'm just wondering I

See the Pro: Hopefully it's minor, but teeth do break. Kids fall down and get bumped all the time. Cavities can also cause fractures. It's important that kids start seeing dentist as soon as 1st tooth comes in. If your dentist has seen your child regularly, he will know so much more about your son's individual dental needs. You did the right thing by scheduling an appointment. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if babies really teeth until they are three years old?

Wanted to know if babies really teeth until they are three years old?

It is possible: Most primary (baby) teeth begin to appear at 4 to 6 months and are all erupted around age 2 1/2. Of course there is variability; if there are extra (supernumary) teeth they may appear at unexpected times/. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has a slight flu, cough and body heartiness. Temperature reading is 37.6 c and has teething discomfort. Should I be worried and what?

My 3 year old son has a slight flu, cough and body heartiness. Temperature reading is 37.6 c and has teething discomfort. Should I be worried and what?

Teething: Not sure of hyland products, but a pacifier, ortho, should help due to positive pressure in the bite, and a refrigerated pacifier will ease the pain due the soothing effect of cold on pain due to the easing of inflammation. Softer food for the child will also help. No too warm food. If the child is acting especially uncomfortable with certain foods, use different. If fever persists, see pediatric. ...Read more

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What could be causing my 3 year old to constantly grind his teeth?

What could be causing my 3 year old to constantly grind his teeth?

See below: No one knows why bruxism happens. But in some cases, kids may grind because the top and bottom teeth aren't aligned properly. Others do it as a response to pain, such as an earache or teething. Kids might grind their teeth as a way to ease the pain, just as they might rub a sore muscle. Many kids outgrow these fairly common causes for grinding. ...Read more

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My 3 year old experiencing severe teeth pain?

My 3 year old experiencing severe teeth pain?

Why?: The question is why the pain? If a tooth is erupting, then a pain reliever such as acetominophen or Ibuprofen may help. If it is an existing tooth, there must be a problem and you should see a pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son grins his teeth at night. Should I be worried?

My 3 year old son grins his teeth at night. Should I be worried?

No: Many children do this and it can be concerning for parents. They will often stop doing this on their own, and I wouldn't anticipate any long-term consequences. ...Read more

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My 3 year old is getting new teeth. What can I give her fir pain?

My 3 year old is getting new teeth. What can I give her fir pain?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) teeth rings: Unfortunately teething hurts. Teething rings are the best- they are water filled rings you freeze and they bite on them, and the ice/cold helps sooth their gums. You can also give tylenol (acetaminophen) short term. ...Read more

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My 3 year old and keeps grinding her teeth. What can I do to make her stop?

My 3 year old and keeps grinding her teeth. What can I do to make her stop?

Common problem: This is a common problem in children. Unfortunately there is no common consensus about why this happens or solutions. The current thinking is that it is due to breathing constriction. This constriction could be due to children having smaller mouths, some children having larger tongues, allergies, sinus problems, stuffed noises, or tonsils. Many children do outgrow grinding. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has severe teeth pain. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

My 3 year old has severe teeth pain. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

Dental Pain: In young children, sometimes the pain can be from teething although at the age of three, there should be little teething concerns. More likely, your child has something that needs a dentist's attention. By the age of three, all of the baby teeth are in, and regular dental visits should be occurring. I would suggest you call your family dentist for a visit or a referral soon. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has broken his two front teeth, can anything be done to fix them?

My 3 year old son has broken his two front teeth, can anything be done to fix them?

Absolutely: Depending on the level of fracture, the teeth can almost certainly be fixed. It will be important for him to be evaluated properly by a dentist first, however. A periapical x-ray (one that shows the roots) will aid, critically, in determining the extent of the damage. But take heart, these are, after all, his baby teeth. He may just meet the tooth fairy sooner than planned! ...Read more

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3 year old is grinding her teeth in her sleep.... Anything I can do to help her quit?

3 year old is grinding her teeth in her sleep.... Anything I can do to help her quit?

Usually not needed: It is quite common for children to grind their teeth at this age. Usually, although they are making noise, they are not damaging the teeth in any significant way and no treatment is indicated. Even if some wear results the baby teeth are usually ready to be replaced with adult teeth before the wear is a problem. At 3 she is old enough for a visit to the pediatric dentist they can help guide you. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter is starting to develop tartar on inner side of lower teeth. Please tell me how can we arrest the situation immediately?

My 3 year old daughter is starting to develop tartar on inner side of lower teeth. Please tell me how can we arrest the situation immediately?

Seek dental care/chk: Tarter build up on primary teeth is uncommon but not impossible. Have your childs teeth cleaned and checked for decay at your dental office. Make brushing fun by chasing the sugar bugs to be sure all debris are removed daily. You can floss your childs teeth by chasing the sugar bugs that hide. Remember keep it light and fun. ...Read more

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My 3 year old needs 3 tooth fillings. I'm leary about procedures with her that little. Wont the teeth fall out anyway orCan I wait until she gets older?

My 3 year old needs 3 tooth fillings. I'm leary about procedures with her that little. Wont the teeth fall out anyway orCan I wait until she gets older?

Please get help: Cavities are infections. Untreated they can damage adjacent baby teeth and underlying permanent teeth. Those baby teeth are guides for permanent teeth as they erupt. If they come out too soon it can be horrific. See a Dentist or a Pedodontist (pediatric dental specialist) for immediate care. Please don't neglect this important care. ...Read more

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Can I use glass inomer as filling for the teeth of a 3 year old child?

Can I use glass inomer as filling for the teeth of a 3 year old child?

Yes: Glass ionomer are great for short term use like a baby tooth. They bond to the tooth structure and release a Fluoride ion to help healing. ...Read more

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Is it really necessary to undergo expensive dental work on a 3 year old child's baby teeth?

Is it really necessary to undergo expensive dental work on a 3 year old child's baby teeth?

Economics: I understand that dental treatment can be expensive, but treating a child's problems is much less expensive than treating an adult's problems. The most common dental problem in children is decay (infection) that can permanently harm the underlying permanent teeth, jaws, gums, and spread through the circulatory system. To not treat infection in a child is child neglect. ...Read more

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3 year old complaining of teeth hurting, is it safe to go see a dentist?

Yes: 3 years old is fine to see the dentist. Many general dentists treat children and there are even pediatric dentists. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking cause crooked teeth? My 3 year old still sucks her thumb, even though I've been trying to break the habit for 5 months now. I'm not sure, but it looks like her front middle teeth look slightly crooked and I was wondering if her thumb suc

Can thumb sucking cause crooked teeth? My 3 year old still sucks her thumb, even though I've been trying to break the habit for 5 months now. I'm not sure, but it looks like her front middle teeth look slightly crooked and I was wondering if her thumb suc

Absolutely: Unlike a pacifier that can be thrown away, a thumb is permanently available. Please gently try to discourage the habit, but remember for many kids it's a crutch, and kid's can't understand the down side. You may need help physically and psychologically if habit persists past beginning of eruption of the permanent teeth. Again, be gentle. ...Read more

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I brush my 3 year old teeth twice daily but I have noticed a yellowish layer near her gums. How can I remove this? Does it lead to decaying teeth?

I brush my 3 year old teeth twice daily but I have noticed a yellowish layer near her gums. How can I remove this? Does it lead to decaying teeth?

Yellowish layer: The condition you are describing can either be a stain, plaque, or calculus. The plaque is a soft colony of bacteria that can be brushed off, but the stains and calculus will need to be removed professionally. Your three year old is old enough to be seen by a dentist.... Make an appointment and have the teeth cleaned and examined. ...Read more

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My 3 year- old son has a bad breath. But he brushes his teeth 3x a day. He said his head is aching but no fever. Why does he have a bad breath?

My 3 year- old son has a bad breath. But he brushes his teeth 3x a day. He said his head is aching but no fever. Why does he have a bad breath?

Brush tongue: The tongue should be brushed along with the teeth when performing oral hygiene, to help control bad breath. Also, the toothbrush bristles should be directed towards the gums when brushing to remove plaque under the gums that can contribute to bad breath. ...Read more