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How common is baby bottle tooth decay in infants?

How common is baby bottle tooth decay in infants?

It depends: Baby bottle tooth decay is not too common and it depends on how often the baby falls asleep with the bottle in the mouth and keeps sucking on the milk throughout the night. It is best to remove the bottle once baby is asleep, and replace the bottle with pure water. Everyday wipe the teeth with a wet or dry gauze to remove the layer of plaque. ...Read more

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Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Can teeth whitening cause missing fillings in holes in teeth?

Can teeth whitening cause missing fillings in holes in teeth?

Generally No: We ask patients to have any suspect fillings replaced before bleaching as we do not want the bleach to get into any open areas. If there are missing fillings already or holes in the teeth these should be repaired. ...Read more

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Delayed tooth eruption if not all wisdom teeth in till 23?

Delayed tooth eruption if not all wisdom teeth in till 23?

No: Teeth erupt sometimes following familial patterns. Some wisdom teeth sometimes never erupt depending on their position and shape. ...Read more

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Can bottled water increase tooth decay in kids?

Can bottled water increase tooth decay in kids?

No: The only reason bottled water would cause decay is if it is flavored with sugars , acids or carbonated. Plain bottled water should have no adverse effect. ...Read more

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A 6-y child,  his teeth is in good state and no dental caries.do you suugest to  pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?

A 6-y child,  his teeth is in good state and no dental caries.do you suugest to  pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?

Sealants : are recommended for children along with fluoride (and fluoride vitamins if your water isn't fluoridated). Regular brushing with an ADA recommended toothpaste and regular checkups completes the picture ...Read more

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Loose tooth in children dangerous?

Loose tooth in children dangerous?

That depends: If this is a loose baby tooth in a child between 5-14 years old, it may just be time for that particular tooth to be replaced by a permanent tooth. If this s a loose baby tooth in a younger child or a loose permanent tooth, then it is signs of a problem. Please have this child evaluated by a pediatric dentist so you can determine what is going on and if treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Is it common that wisdom teeth to erupt 4 or 5 years early?

Is it common that wisdom teeth to erupt 4 or 5 years early?

Depends: Wisdom teeth can come in any time in a wide age range, and keeping in mind that everyone develops at a different rate, this probably isn't a major worry. A panoramic x-ray at the dentist can help identify any problems that this might cause. ...Read more

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Could the children change there molar teeth?

Could the children change there molar teeth?

Unclear question: Your question is unclear to me. I am not sure what you are asking. Please rephrase or re-post it being as specific as you can. ...Read more

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Should we extract baby teeth molars, in a 7 year old, if the adult teeth are not present underneath?

Probably not: I would strongly advise that these teeth not be removed as long as they are not creating any problems. If there are no adult teeth to replace them, they will be very important as the child gets older to keep the all the teeth in the upper and lower arch in the correct place and position. So if they are not creating a problem for the child, please keep them in place. ...Read more

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Are the same fillings put in permanent teeth as in baby teeth?

Are the same fillings put in permanent teeth as in baby teeth?

Depends but yes: I use a few different materials depending on the location and size of the fillings. I do have a material that i prefer for children more than adults. Every dentist is different but all that i know use acceptable materials. Ask your dentist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?

Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?

Yes : 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. Thereby crowding the adult teeth. ...Read more

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Teeth rotted to almost the gum .. Foul taste in mouth?

Teeth rotted to almost the gum .. Foul taste in mouth?

From Bacteria: The bacterial in the infection causing the teeth to rot will cause a foul taste in your mouth. Are you planning to have them pulled soon? ...Read more

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

Yes: Most kids get enough Fluoride just by drinking fluoridated tap water. Some children drinking well water or bottled water need Fluoride supplements. Too much Fluoride can cause white or brown flecks on your teeth so it's important not to give supplements to kids that don't need it and that you use Fluoride free toothpaste before your toddler learns not to swallow toothpaste. ...Read more

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Childis 12 yrs w/2 cavities in front teeth. We oppose use of flouride. Denist says a composite filling w/small amount of flouride is the best way?

Childis 12 yrs w/2 cavities in front teeth.
We oppose use of  flouride.  Denist says a composite filling
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Yes: Absolutely correct response by your dentist. Much greater chance of subsequent decay recurrence, root canal treatment and expensive crown replacement dentistry with out Fluoride composite use. ...Read more

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Describe the features of baby bottle tooth decay.?

Describe the features of baby bottle tooth decay.?

Early- white spots: Baby bottle tooth decay is more accurately referred to as early childhood caries since children don’t need to be using a bottle to develop tooth decay. The very earliest stages of ecc can appear as white spots on the teeth- often by the gumline. This is demineralized dental enamel. If the demineralization continues under the enamel, the spot will become darker. The enamel can appear intact. ...Read more

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How many separate/connected bony buccal walls surround molar tooth #2? Wisdom tooth missing since childhood. Thank-you.

How many separate/connected bony buccal walls surround  molar tooth #2? Wisdom tooth missing since childhood. Thank-you.

1: Tooth surrounded by 4 walls of bone. 1 on cheek side (buccal), 1 on tongue side (lingual), 1 in front (medial) and 1 in back (distal). Bone surrounding tooth can be damaged by tooth abscess, gum disease, or trauma of malocclusion. ...Read more

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Is tooth discoloration in children only due to tetracycline?

Is tooth discoloration in children only due to tetracycline?

Many causes: Tooth discoloration can be from a fall or trauma to the tooth. It can be caries. Was there ever a high fever before the tooth came in? It could even be stain that doesn't come off with regular brushing. The child needs to be examined by a dentist to get an accurate diagnosis. Baby teeth are important to the developing perm. 2 th. Don't ignore it. ...Read more

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Could fluoride in drinking water prevent tooth decay?

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Could fluoride in drinking water prevent tooth decay?

Of course: "Since 1950, the ADA has unreservedly endorsed the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective, and necessary in preventing tooth decay." ...Read more

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Adult teeth growing in over baby teeth? Our son seems to have an adult tooth that is growing in front or a baby tooth without the baby tooth falling out. Is this something i'd need to schedule a special dentist appointment for? .

Adult teeth growing in over baby teeth? Our son seems to have an adult tooth that is growing in front or a baby tooth without the baby tooth falling out. Is this something i'd need to schedule a special dentist appointment for?


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Yes!: You can't have 2 teeth in the same spot at the same time. So, if the baby tooth has not fallen out when it should the adult tooth will erupt in the wrong place. Once the dentist has removed the baby tooth the adult tooth may move into the space by itself, or it may need to be guided by an orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can/will a dentist also do fillings for cavities at the same time as wisdom tooth extraction surgery?

Can/will a dentist also do fillings for cavities at the same time as wisdom tooth extraction surgery?

Win-win: If it is an easy extraction, it makes more sense to get as much done in that quad as possible (better financially for the practice and less injections and time for the patient). All bets are off for a complicated extraction. ...Read more

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Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more