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Doctor insights on: How Can We Know If It Was A Baby Tooth Or An Adult Tooth That Is Loose

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How can we know if it was a baby tooth or an adult tooth that is loose?

How can we know if it was a baby tooth or an adult tooth that is loose?

Age + dentist: The age of the child can help you decide which it is. Front 4 top and bottom are replaced between 6-8yrs by permanent teeth. The baby canines and molars usually are not loose until 10-12yrs old. If you are concerned, go see a dentist and they can easily tell you and get xrays to make sure if needed. ...Read more

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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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After an X-ray a dentist told me i had 4 baby teeth with no adult ones beneath them. They didn't really elaborate. Two are loose now. What is this?

After an X-ray a dentist told me i had 4 baby teeth with no adult ones beneath them. They didn't really elaborate. Two are loose now. What is this?

Evolutionary trend: Unlike our prehistoric ancestors, we don't need to protect ourselves and eat food the way they did. It's an evolutionary trend to have smaller jaws and occasionally less teeth. Primary (baby) teeth are not meant to last a lifetime, and without permanent ones to replace them, tend to loosen in early adulthood. Consult with your dentist as to possible orthodontic treatment, implants or a combination. ...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 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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Adult tooth coming in behind baby tooth, should I be concerned?

To a point...: As a parent you should be concerned, and by this age your child should already have a long standing relationship with a dentist. If not, now's the time to start. Have the child evaluated not only for cavities but also for secondary tooth eruption... Your local dentist is best prepared to advise you if any treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it normal that adult tooth coming in behind baby tooth?

Can you tell me is it normal that adult tooth coming in behind baby tooth?

This can happen : And I have observed this hundreds of times over the years. This may signify a crowding problem. Tends to happen in the front teeth in some children w limited space. Please make sure the child is evaluated by his/her dentist and ask about this issue. Early orthodontic consult might be indicated and maybe early interceptive treatment may be in order, depends on age and situation. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to leave a baby tooth in when an adult tooth is about to come through?

Is it likely bad to leave a baby tooth in when an adult tooth is about to come through?

Best to remove: It's not bad, bad, but it can be a continuing trap for bacteria and food particles and can lead to gingival (gum) inflammation or infection. It's best to remove the baby tooth. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for when an adult still has one baby tooth without a permanent one above it?

What is the medical term for when an adult still has one baby tooth without a permanent one above it?

Retained primary : Retained primary tooth due to missing permanent tooth. Genetics usually are to blame when you are missing an adult tooth to replace your baby tooth. I've seen them last into people's 40s. Sometimes they need to pulled and an implant or alternative treatment is needed to maintain the space. ...Read more

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