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Baby Vampire Teeth
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Possibly normal: How old is your baby? It is normal for baby teeth to look strange the way they are coming in. Is your child older and still sucking a pacifier or thumb? This can lead to teeth protruding out and a narrow palatte which may need orthodontics to correct in the future. See dentist for an exam. ...Read more
Varies: Dental eruption patterns are quite variable in healthy babies with no deficiencies or abnormalities. Some can have a tooth at birth, or not until 15mo. The average is 1/m starting at 4-6m. Those coming later often have multiple erupt @ the same time. ...Read more
Variable: Some infants get teeth sooner than others, but on average teething occurs around 6-9 months of age... Occasionally you may see an infant as young as 4 months begin to have teething issues, which are mostly irritability, fussiness, and increases in drooling or desire to chew on things. Some infants may even develop a "low grade" temperature of 99-100 degrees. Referred pain to ears is also common. ...Read more
My babies teeth is chipping away and has green coloring on it its painful when she bites what could be the problem?
Probably decay: Your child is in pain because of infected teeth. Take him/her to a Dentist, preferably a Pedodontist (pediatric dental specialist) immediately. The American Dental Association & American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that all children have 1st Dental appointment at Age 1 just to prevent scenarios such as this. Your Pediatrician or your General Dentist can help you find a Pedodontist. ...Read more
What is the best way to clean my infant's teeth? She's getting her first teeth in, and we don't know what method is best or easiest..
Is there a specific order for babies teeth to come in? I have seen charts indicating this but my little ones teeth seem to be appearing differently. She has two at the bottom but 5 going on 6 at the top. She's 11months
Primary Teeth: Primary (and secondary) teeth will have a general pattern of eruption, but this is not set in stone. The charts will show an average, but sometimes nature takes a different course all of which is perfectly normal. Have her pediatrician take a look. If you continue to have concerns take her to a pediatric dentist for a more detailed examination. ...Read more
Yes, babies can be: Born with teeth, and some infants do cut their first teeth by 3-4 months, although 6-9 months is more common. At 16 w, infants start bringing things to their mouths and like to mouth things as part of their normal development, and it is not necessarily a sign of teething. Before the lower incisors erupt, the surface of the lower jaw will flatten and if it is still narrow, teething is not imminent ...Read more
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
Never seen it: In more than 3 decades of pediatric practice I have never seen or heard of a kid born with a full set of teeth. In that time I have had 4-5 born with 1 or 2. ...Read more
No: Babies teeth erupt on their own time scale which is quite variable. Some have a couple teeth at birth and some have none until 15+ months. The cause of this variability is unknown. ...Read more
My year old daughter (who has just gotten teeth) is starting to bite when she doesn't get her way or becomes frustrated; me, other babies, toys, etc.?
Feedback: Keep telling her that biting isn't nice and offer her words to express her needs instead of biting. If you (and her other caregivers) are consistent, biting should quickly give way to more acceptable behavior. Also, if you ever "play bite" with her, stop now, as it makes her feel that biting is ok in some circumstances, when it really is not. Good luck! ...Read more
Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?
Yes. Peds dentist: Rotten baby teeth can reflect more than poor hygiene, and can sometimes be a sign of a nutritional or systemic disorder. Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, rotten teeth and associated bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart disease in adults. Get your baby to a pediatric dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more
When it is recommended to give calcium to infant? I have eight months child I give him only vitamin d drops. ..He got one teeth only and didn't crawl?
Is there a proven link between breastfeeding and improved lifelong dental health? Do formula-fed babies get weaker teeth/thinner enamel? Thanks!
No direct link: Infants who fall asleep while either breast feeding and/or bottle feeding are both more prone to tooth decay as they don't swallow the last of thy milk or formula and it sits around their teeth all night causing decay. Bottles tend to be worse as the baby does not have to actively suck for liquid to keep dripping into their mouths. Either method used improperly will cause decay. ...Read more
Recently, I am having headche in front of my forehead and above my head and its associated with teeth pain. I don't sleep well from my new infant. Help?
Stress related pain: Sometimes headaches, tooth pain, etc can all be associated with a category of pain called myofascial pain. This type of pain tends to be present more often with stress, like getting lack of sleep or other of life's pressures. An endodontist might be hepful in evaluating the teeth to rule out a source there. He might be able to provide a referral to a medical doctor, too. ...Read more
That depends: That depends on the cause of the discoloration. If it is from stains and/or calculus on the outside of the tooth, it can be polished off by a pediatric dentist. If it is caused by tooth decay the tooth can probably be repaired. If it is discoloration that is part of the tooth as it formed this is harder to resolve and may need to be left alone. You need an exam by a pediatric dentist. ...Read more
Can babies who breast feed get tooth decay? I try and breast feed my son whenever I can, and would like to know if that can also lead to tooth decay..
Yes: Bacteria can turn mother's milk into acid byproducts just a easily as anything else. Limit your child's breast feeding to when they are hungry. Clean their teeth and gums with a damp gauze and/or infant tooth brush after each feeding. If they have teeth it is time to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist. ...Read more
If they continue to suck their fingers after age
4 or 5 they can move the teeth.
Thumb sucking is a bigger problem imo. ...Read more
Why do babies always stick everything in their mouth? Also my son is almost two, is it normal for him to still be doing it?
Of the 5 senses that: Allow us to explore & understand the world, what touches our lips/ mouths in a pleasurable, fulfilling way is one of the first. If that's so rewarding, why not try other things to see if they're as enjoyable? Developmentally, from 6 mos.-3 yrs is typical for mouthing objects. Insuring that access is limited to safe, clean objects too large to swallow or choke on is a parent's responsibility. ...Read more
Human trick: Babies are orally focused, so if they identify how they did that cool thing and how to repeat it, they'll be self-amusing. Of course, when the grown ups all get goofy when they do it, we reinforce it further. ...Read more
Infant dental care: You should start by wiping their gums with a washcloth after they eat - that way they will be used to you in their mouth, as soon as the teeth erupt you should be brushing and flossing them -let them do it first and then you follow up. Their diet is very important at this stage and you control it totally. ...Read more