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Is It Possible To Never Lose Your Baby Teeth
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
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
No: Baby teeth start to fall out around age 6. So 4 is too early, but not impossible. Please take her to a pediatric dentist. ...Read more
My son is almost 11 but has only two adult teeth. No sign of losing any baby teeth. Is this something to be concerned about?
When are children supposed to start losing their baby teeth? My son is six and has yet to have any teeth even become loose. Is this something to be concerned about? .
I: I would not be concerned because some of my patients do not lose teeth until seven and it will usually be the lower front central incisors. Some children will start exfoliating teeth at age four or five. I find that the children that are late with the eruption of their baby teeth seem to show the same pattern with the eruption of the permanent teeth. There is a year or two fluctuation with the eruption scheme of the permanent teeth. Also around this time the six year molars will start to erupt but again they may not start till seven. These teeth do not replace baby teeth and they erupt way in the back of the mouth. This is why it is important to have a dental exam and a panoramic x-ray at age six to check for proper growth and developement. This x-ray allows one to see all the teeth growing in the mouth. It is not uncommon to have baby teeth until the age of 12 and sometimes 13. There are genetic components involved meaning if the parents got there teeth in late usually we see the same trend with their children. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. There are 20 primary or "baby" teeth. The only time a baby tooth may not be lost, is if there is no permanent tooth to replace it. ...Read more
Absolutely: Timing and position of loss of baby teeth and eruption of permanent teeth is exquisitely important for normal alignment. At age 7 your child should have their 1st orthodontic appointment. The orthodontist can monitor eruption and intervene if necessary to assure the best eruption pattern for your child. Go see an orthodontist...1st appointment usually free or very low cost. ...Read more
Is it best to let your child's baby teeth fall out on their own, or pull them out? Our son's beginning to lose his baby teeth, and he has one that's beginning to turn gray and just sitting there, not falling out. Is this something we can safely pull out a
Baby Teeth: Is safer to be removed by your dentist to avoid possible infection or further infection than pulling it on your own. Some cases can lead to aspiration and at times, they can be swallowed ...Read more
Is a space maintainer really necessary? My daughter has been losing her baby teeth normally, but she just had one knocked out. It's next to one that is already loose, so I'm thinking it might have come out soon anyway? Does she really need a space maintai
Absolutely!: Every situation is unique, whenever a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the remaining permanent teeth will shift into the space. This tends to make many of the surrounding teeth crooked also. ...Read more
Is a cavity in a baby tooth worth filling? My daughter is 8 and losing most of her baby teeth. She has a cavity in one that will probably fall out soon. Do I need to get this filled? I don't want to cause her any more pain than I have to..
Fill the tooth!: Some baby teeth are meant to stay in a child's mouth until about age 10 or 11. If the tooth you are referring to is one of those teeth, it is maintaining the space for that adult tooth. That is why it should be filled. In addition, in today's world of dental medicine, a filling should not cause any pain! See your dentist to determine when that tooth should be falling out. Than make your decision. ...Read more
Is there anything we need to do to prepare for our son losing his baby teeth? He just turned five, and I guess the time is not too far away. I remember when I was little I was scared of having them pulled, and would let them stay in my mouth far too long.
Kids are familiar with growing out of their shoes and their clothes and putting them aside to make room for bigger ones. It shoud be easy for your child to understand that he is outgrowing his baby teeth and that they should be put aside to make room for the bigger, more grown up ones.
The tooth fairy thing makes it more fun and something to look forward to.
Check the children's section at your local library or book store for one of the many excellent books on the subject geared for 5 year olds. ...Read more
Do we need to do any special hygiene things when our daughter loses her baby teeth? I don't remember my mom doing anything different when I lost teeth, but I'm wondering if there's anything we should be doing to keep the the areas where she loses teeth cl
When she looses a baby tooth, the permanent replacement won't be far behind.
Keep her permanent teeth clean just as you did her baby teeth. By now, she should be able to brush and floss on her own. ...Read more
You don't: Mother nature does. As permanent teeth develop roots of baby teeth dissolve away and baby tooth falls out. Once baby tooth root has dissolved away enough, and the remaining crown starts to loosen, wiggling the baby tooth may help it fall out. If not sure, ask your very knowledgeable well-trained general dentist, pediatric dental specialist, or orthodontic specialist. ...Read more
Normally there are twenty baby teeth, ten in each jaw.
They start appearing by the age of six months and should be complete by about two and half years. They then start falling off from the age of 6 years and continue falling till about 13 years ...Read more
Yes, but...: They will all fall out if there is a permanent tooth under it to replace it. If there is no permanent tooth or the permanent tooth is in the wrong position the baby tooth may not come out on its own. If you are concerned you can see a dentist for x-rays to determine where you stand. ...Read more
Absolutely: And there can be many reasons, too numerous to mention here. To find out why the baby teeth are crooked, your child should see a growth and development specialist. See a pediatric dentist 98when only baby teeth are present, see an orthodontist once 1s't permanent tooth erupts, about age 7. Ask your family dentist for referral to the correct specialist. ...Read more
Varies...: On average, 12 years of age is typical, but just this week I saw a little girl not quite yet 9 years old having lost all of her baby teeth already, and in the past I have had patients as old as 15 losing their last one. Having seen thousands of kids over the last 10 years I can honestly say that average is 12 and range of normal can be as wide as 8 to 15. ...Read more
Good question: Some adults retain baby teeth. Children should have 20 baby teeth which exfoliate giving way to the adult teeth. Some baby teeth may not have adult teeth underneath them and may be retained. The only way to find this out is by going to a dentist and having either a panoramic x-ray or periapical x-ray. ...Read more
You can't: Nature has a plan for losing baby teeth and replacement by permanent teeth. You really can't change that time table. If a baby tooth loosens, but doesn't fall out easily, there may be a number of reasons, including tooth/jaw malrelationship problems. If your child is exchanging teeth it's time to go for an orthodontic consult. Better too early than too late, which can cause complications. ...Read more
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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