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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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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
Age 4-7: Children will normally begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 4-7. The lower two front teeth should be the first to go. As long as the order of the tooth loss and adult replacement proceeds normally, the actual age of loss shouldn't matter. Enjoy! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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