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Baby Teeth (Definition)

The first teeth which are shed and replaced by permanent teeth. The first primary tooth comes in at about 6 months of age and the 20th and last primary tooth erupts at around 2 1/2 years of age. The primary teeth are replaced beginning usually at about age 6. Also called baby teeth, milk teeth, temporary ...Read more


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Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?

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

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If a mother took tetracycline during pregnancy, would the infant's baby teeth come out stained - or would they emerge white and stain over time?

If a mother took tetracycline during pregnancy, would the infant's baby teeth come out stained - or would they emerge white and stain over time?

Come out: The stain would be on the teeth as they emerge. It could be just on the primary teeth or also on the permanent teeth depending on what was forming while the tetracycline was taken. ...Read more

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Child swallowed own tooth dangerous?

Child swallowed own tooth dangerous?

Probably not: As long as it was swallowed it should pass without any problem. If you notice coughing or airway issues see an md for a possible chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Is it a okay if a child swallows a tooth?

Is it a okay if a child swallows a tooth?

Yes: Swallowing a baby tooth is not a problem. It will just pass out no differently then a watermelon or sesame seed. Just have them write the tooth fairy a note so that they still get a reward for losing their tooth. ...Read more

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What happens if your child swallows his tooth?

What happens if your child swallows his tooth?

No problem: It passes through just like the bug they ate when younger. ...Read more

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What happens if a child swallows a loose tooth?

What happens if a child swallows a loose tooth?

Passing time: The stomach acid won't do too a heap of damage if you wanted to sift for treasure assuming the tooth holds sentimental or religious value. Otherwise fruits and veggies and plenty of fluids will assure its safe passage. I hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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My child is two years old, and whenever I brush his teeth, he swallows tooth paste; is it dangerous?

My child is two years old, and whenever I brush his teeth, he swallows tooth paste; is it dangerous?

Its OK: Children most often swallow tooth paste. Its part of the fun, it tastes so good. However, you should only put a pea sized amount on the brush so they can't swallow too much floride. Eventually they will stop swallowing the paste. ...Read more

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If a child breaks a baby tooth, what should you do?

If a child breaks a baby tooth, what should you do?

BABY TOOTH: Usually it falls off without any problem except control any bleeding if there's any and wait for the coming of the permanent tooth. ...Read more

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Is a pulpotomy necessary in a child baby tooth?

Is a pulpotomy necessary in a child baby tooth?

Big cavity/decay: Typically after a xray of the tooth your dentist may recommend a pulpotomy as necessary when the cavity/infection of the baby tooth is too big and deep to do a regular filling. ...Read more

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If my child is about to turn 7 and hasn't lost a baby tooth, should I be worried?

If my child is about to turn 7 and hasn't lost a baby tooth, should I be worried?

No.: Many children lose their teeth at a later age. This is frequently a family trait. Pulling the baby teeth does not make the 2nd teeth come in sooner. ...Read more

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How long will the upper front tooth take to grow after a child looses his baby teeth?

How long will the upper front tooth take to grow after a child looses his baby teeth?

Age 6 To 8: "baby" teeth fall out usually when the permanent ones start pushing them out. Sometimes kids loose baby teeth for other reasons. Most lower and upper incisors erupt by age 6 to 8. There is also familial variants. As when parents got their adult teeth! ...Read more

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How can I tell an adult tooth from a baby tooth when looking in a child's mouth?

How can I tell an adult tooth from a baby tooth when looking in a child's mouth?

Depends on the tooth: If you are looking at the front 4 teeth (incisors), the adult tooth will usually have little ridges on the edge, called mamelons which aid in eruption of the adult teeth. For the adult canines, the angled part of the tooth that makes the point is shorter on the side towards the front teeth and longer on the other side. The baby canines will be opposite. Generally baby teeth are whiter in color. ...Read more

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Is it more likely for fillings in baby teeth to fall out just prior to child shedding tooth?

Is it more likely for fillings in baby teeth to fall out just prior to child shedding tooth?

Yes: As the permanent tooth resorbs the baby tooth root it may weaken the baby tooth crown. If this happens the filling may fall out. At that time the filling is no longer necessary as the nerve of the tooth is also resorbed. ...Read more

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What age do you loose your last baby tooth? If a 14 year old child has a lot of plaque build up on their teeth can this prevent baby teeth from falling out? Is it normal for a 14 year old to still have some of her baby teeth? Is plaque black in color and

What age do you loose your last baby tooth? If a 14 year old child has a lot of plaque build up on their teeth can this prevent baby teeth from falling out? Is it normal for a 14 year old to still have some of her baby teeth? Is plaque black in color and

As: As stated by the other docs the black buildup is probably tarter that needs to be professional removed. It is not the cause for retaining baby teeth. Usually we would expect these all to be lost somewhere between 11-12, although slower patterns of these teeth being lost are not always abnormal. Have your dentist check this out to determine if any intervention is necessary by an orthodontist or if it's ok to let nature take it's course. ...Read more

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How loose is too loose for a baby tooth?

How loose is too loose for a baby tooth?

Question is unclear: Please re-post your question as to the age of the child and why you are asking the question. Better yet, have the child seen by a Pedodontist who can actually see and evaluate the tooth in question. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a baby tooth?

How to know if you have a baby tooth?

Dental x-ray: The only way to verify that all your baby teeth are gone is through a dental x-ray and your dentist examination. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What can happen if u don't fill a cavity in a baby tooth?

What can happen if u don't fill a cavity in a baby tooth?

Nothing good: Baby teeth 'hold space' for the adult teeth. If a cavity is untreated in a baby tooth for an extended period of time, the space for the adult tooth may be lost (in addition to the potential for pain/swelling/infection in the baby tooth). Thereby crowding the adult teeth. But, if a baby tooth is about to be lost, then a filling will not be necessary. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Abscessed baby tooth with no pain or boil, is this normal?

Abscessed baby tooth with no pain or boil, is this normal?

See a dentist: Most likely, what you are seeing is something called an eruption cyst. Eruption cysts are not uncommon and are nothing to worry about. However, you must go to a dentist to determine if, in fact, this is an eruption cyst. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I need to extract my baby tooth to get braces?

Baby tooth: Whether or not you need to have any teeth extracted is a decision based on the orthodontic treatment plan.
You need to discuss this with your orthodontist. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend to help with retained baby tooth at 27?

What would doctors recommend to help with retained baby tooth at 27?

Many choices: If the baby tooth is healthy, you may want to keep it, especially if there is no underlying permanent tooth. If problematic, you dentist can remove the tooth, but if so the tooth must be replaced or other teeth will tip an drift. Think of what happens to a barrel if you remove just one stave. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cavity to reach the pulp in a baby tooth?

How long does it take for a cavity to reach the pulp in a baby tooth?

Dental caries: Progress at a rate dependent upon what one eats and how well one keeps their teeth clean. Each tooth has different contours and there are different thicknesses of tooth from the surface of the tooth to the nerve. No one can say how long it will take. I have seen teeth have small cavities for years and others go from nothing to a nerve exposure in 3-6 months. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a cavity on a baby tooth, does it need to be filled?

My 3 year old has a cavity on a baby tooth, does it need to be filled?

Probably: Baby teeth are important. It's important to maintain baby teeth for several reasons. At 3yrs, your child will have this tooth for several more years, so it's important to take care of it to prevent a toothache. The baby tooth will maintain the space for the permanent tooth that will replace it. If the baby tooth is pulled, a space maintainer is needed to prevent further developmental problems. ...Read more

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I am 23 and need a root canal on a baby tooth, should I just yank it out?

I am 23 and need a root canal on a baby tooth, should I just yank it out?

Depends: It's obviously does not have a successor permanent tooth, if it's in a good restorable condition, then it's worth saving, or extracting it and replacement options like a bridge or an implant, discuss that with your dentist. ...Read more

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Could you explain why did my orthodontist not put a bracket on my baby tooth?

Could you explain why did my orthodontist not put a bracket on my baby tooth?

Unbracketed tooth: Could be couple reasons, did not want to torque the tooth too much that it comes out may want it there longer for treatments sake, if there is no permanent tooth present to replace the baby tooth, may not need it to move right now if treatment is in phases, or it may be ready to fall out on its own. ...Read more

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I am 59 years old and still have a baby tooth. It is one of my front incisors. What do I do?

I am 59 years old and still have a baby tooth. It is one of my front incisors. What do I do?

Wow!: Highly unusual for a baby incisor that was supposed to fall out at 6-9 to still be present @ 59. It means either missing or impacted permanent tooth. If baby tooth is stable, you can leave it alone. If it's not, or if you are unhappy esthetically, ask your dentist to review with you the many restorative options that are available. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my orthodontist says he will have to "help along" my remaining baby tooth?

What does it mean when my orthodontist says he will have to "help along" my remaining baby tooth?

Most Likely: He means he is going to take it out so that the permanent tooth can come in faster or if their isn't a permanent tooth it needs to be removed to started on closing the gap. Its just a friendlier way to say it. No worries though it is very simple. ...Read more

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After a baby tooth falls out, is there anything you need to do to the gums until the new tooth comes in?

After a baby tooth falls out, is there anything you need to do to the gums until the new tooth comes in?

Keep gums clean.: Keep brushing and flossing the rest of the mouth; you can clean the area gently with a washcloth and water until it heals. ...Read more

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Seeing a bit dark near the bottom gums but there is no slackness. Why is the gum around my baby tooth receding?

Seeing a bit dark near the bottom gums but there is no slackness. Why is the gum around my baby tooth receding?

Occlusion: For young age (your baby), recession usually due to malocclusion, i.e., improper tooth alighment intra and/or interarch relationship. Minor tooth movement can be done with your dentist help to alleviate this problem. Check also if you are using soft bristle brush for brushing, not the hard or medium hard. Brushing with soft toothbrush prevents localized recession (usually occur in adult). ...Read more

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If you pull a baby tooth out, how come you don't have to do anything to the hole to keep from getting infection?

If you pull a baby tooth out, how come you don't have to do anything to the hole to keep from getting infection?

Depth: Usually it is very shallow and less likely to collect debris and cause probs. Children also heal much faster than adults so the hole closes faster than adults. ...Read more

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Loose permanent tooth because baby tooth with permanent tooth growing in behind it is pushing it out. On 13 year old son.?

Loose permanent tooth because baby tooth with permanent tooth growing in behind it is pushing it out. On 13 year old son.?

Orthodontics: This is a good time to see your orthodontist. As it sounds like your son may be a little behind schedule. Normally around 12 years of age is when the baby teeth should be exfoliated. The orthodontist can make a treatment plan that can help your son for life. Make sure that he has good brushing habits as this will greatly effect the results of any orthodontic appliance. ...Read more

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I have braces and a baby tooth that is ready to fall out any second now. How would I pull the tooth out without ruining my braces?

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I have braces and a baby tooth that is ready to fall out any second now. How would I pull the tooth out without ruining my braces?

Concerned? See DDS: Using a tissue or a piece of gauze, grasp the tooth firmly. As you pull, give it a quick twist. See a dentist if you are still concerned. ...Read more

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My baby tooth has been loose and it just came out. Some gum came out too in it. Also it was my baby tooth and I hadno bleeding. What should I do?

OK: Deciduous / baby tooth that comes out on its schedule usually does not bleed much or at all. Little bit of tissue can be cleaned off so tooth can be saved for posterity (or at least the tooth fairy). ...Read more

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My lower canine baby tooth is about to come out, when it does come out what can I use to cover up the space of my missing tooth until it grows back?

My lower canine baby tooth is about to come out, when it does come out what can I use to cover up the space of my missing tooth until it grows back?

See dentist: The baby canine tooth usually comes out at 11 or 12. So if this is a baby tooth that is getting loose then there may not be another tooth that will be coming in to replace it. See a dentist to find out what your options are. ...Read more

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What is the best way to pull a baby tooth? Our son has a baby tooth that just won't seem to come out. It's gray and clearly dead, and we've tried twisting it, but it seems surprisingly firmly in place. What is the best to to ensure that he loses this toot

What is the best way to pull a baby tooth? Our son has a baby tooth that just won't seem to come out. It's gray and clearly dead, and we've tried twisting it, but it seems surprisingly firmly in place. What is the best to to ensure that he loses this toot

Get help: If a tooth is "firm", it's not ready to come out. The root has not yet dissolved away. Dark color may be due to traumatic damage to pulp, and tooth may still be vital. Please have your dentist examine your son, take x-ray if necessary, and advise you as to timing. ...Read more

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Why might a baby tooth not fall out?

Why might a baby tooth not fall out?

See dentist: There ar4e many circumstances where a primary tooth is over retained. See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. A primary tooth may be over retained if the successor is not present, in such instances the dentist usually plans for an eventual implant. Contact your dentist to see what the particular situation is. ...Read more

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How to tell a baby tooth from an adult tooth?

How to tell a baby tooth from an adult tooth?

Ask your dentist: Baby teeth can be smaller and have shorter roots. The best way to tell is to have someone who can tell the difference just by looking. A dentist can do that. ...Read more

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How come I have a tooth growing behind my baby tooth?

Poor supervision: At 41 you should not have this'd problem. Dentist should have addressed it when you were a teen. Please see dentist for rx, and ask if orthodontic referral would be helpful. ...Read more