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Pointy Teeth In Children
It really depends: Not every baby follows the exact same schedule. But, most babies get the lower central incisors (two bottom front teeth) first & then the upper central incisors after that. Beyond that, the sequence may be irregular so don't worry about that. It is not terribly important when the teeth come in, but more important your dental hygeine regimen. Brush the teeth twice a day & avoid bottles in bed. ...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
Depends: The number of teeth children have depends on the age of the child, stage of development and whether or not any primary teeth are lost or retained. Generally, there are 20 primary or baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth. A child may be in a mixed dentition state where they have a combination of primary and permanent teeth. ...Read more
Oral hygiene: Commit to good oral hygiene and a good diet (minimizing sugar frequency and amount). Make sure to brush you children teeth 2 times per day and floss any teeth that have tight contacts between them. This helps them develop good habits that they can continue on to adulthood. ...Read more
5 1/2 years: The lower front teeth are the first teeth to loosen and wiggle. This can happen around age 5 1/2 though some children can start much later. It is more important on the sequence of which teeth exfoliate (fall out) that the timing or age. Every child has their own time table. ...Read more
Grinding teeth: Children many times will begin to grind their teeth as their eruption patterns change. They have many primary/baby teeth that are becoming loose and coming out and new permanent teeth erupting and their bite or occlusion changes all the time. They tend to grind during this ever changing occlusion. ...Read more
Only way is. .: The only way to treat decaying teeth is to see a dentist. Depending on the office and age of the child, some offices will see and treat a child, while other offices may refer the younger patients to a pedodontist or children's dentist. To prevent decay, good oral hygiene and diet is a must as well as control or elimination of any habits that may be contributing to decay. ...Read more
Sure - even before: Since it's a good habit and many neglect to learn it, why not start as soon as possible - even if it doesn't do too much. Just to learn it as part of daily bathroom activity might be a good idea. I hope a dentist corrects me if I'm wrong. Sounds like you're doing good things with and for your child! ...Read more
None: An occasional treat is how I was brought up and that is now old fashioned. There is no doubt that candy in its excesses of today is producing a lot more trouble than just dental decay. ...Read more
What age should children start to floss their own teeth? My son is five, and I'm not sure when I should start letting him floss on his own..
Age 9-10: Eye-hand coordination to properly floss take until about 9-10 to develop. Make sure child brushes 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. Make sure you floss your child's teeth daily. N see your dentist for individualized oral hygiene instructions. Thanks for being so conscientious. ...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
By Gods plan.: The primary or "baby teeth" will become lose due to root resorption caused by the erupting adult teeth. When they become lose encourage your child to "wiggle" the tooth to make it more lose. Some kids will not move the tooth and some primary teeth have to be removed by a dentist. ...Read more
Sure: Starvation can cause many developmental problems. I am curious as to why you ask about starvation. ...Read more
G & D decision: The appropriate time to begin orthodontic rx is a crana-facial growth and development decision, not an age decision. Children should have their first orthodontic check-up as a 7th birthday present. That way the orthodontist can decide with you the best path of care for your child. See a qualified university trained orthodontic specialist now for guidance. ...Read more
No: Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important. ...Read more
Ask: Your children's dentist about ez pedo or nu smile crowns. These are both esthetic options for back teeth. They can not be used in every case. ...Read more
If: If a baby or childâ€™s tooth or teeth are rotted; do not recommend that it be handled by removing it yourself or just waiting for it to fall out. Each place where there is a baby tooth, an adult tooth will grow in as the child gets older. It the baby tooth comes out too early, surrounding teeth may start to move into that spot. By, the time that the adult tooth comes in there may not be enough room for it, so that the tooth grows in crooked. If the child has rotten teeth, this can negatively impact self esteem. The baby teeth need to be in place so that the child can chew properly and for the development of his or her speech. A baby tooth that is rotten should be evaluated by a dentist who may elect to fill the cavity, put on a crown or in some cases pull the tooth (possibly putting in a bridge). If the child does not get dental care, this could lead to tooth pain and infection. A rotten tooth should not take longer to fall out. ...Read more
Why when some children loose their baby teeth do the new ones come out crooked, while some other kids' don't?
Crooked teeth: This is a great question but difficult to answer with limited space. Basically, there are genetic factors, environmental factors, and developmental factors. All of these factors affect us in some fashion. Bottom line though, we are all unique and different and it's beautiful! Consult with an orthodontist to discuss options. ...Read more
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
How do I get my kids to brush? My children are six and seven, old enough to be brushing their own teeth, but they just won't. Is there anything I can do to make them brush, or get them used to a brushing routine? .
Doctor fowler is correct. But your children are not old enough to brush their own teeth. They hardly possess the necessary manual dexterity to do an adequate job.
You must brush for them after meal time (before they go to school, and after dinner), have them repeat the brushing after you do it, and thus develop the proper habit.
You will save the equivalent of a college tuition if they do not get any dental problems throughout life. ...Read more
Yes: Remember acid is what ultimately causes the cavities. Some articles infer the diet sodas may be worse since they are more acidic. Acid is also the byproduct of sugar breakdown by the bacteria. That is also why you need to be careful not to switch to juices that are also acidic and rich in sugar. ...Read more
It depends.: Which material is best for your child depends on whether this is a baby tooth or one of the permanent teeth, and how big the filling will need to be. Tooth colored fillings are usually best for really small fillings since it binds with the tooth enamel. Though not all tooth colred fillings work on baby teeth. Silver fillings are stronger so they may be better for larger fillings. ...Read more
What to do if I have back teeth, but do dentists put white crowns on the canine teeth in children?
Yes: The pediatric dentists often handle such cases where the need to crown the anterior baby teeth. There are resin and white coated metal pre-formed crowns that can cover these teeth to protect them and look pleasing. They often use pre-formed plastic sleeves that the fill with resin to bond to teeth. So you can worry less about what they look like. Good luck. ...Read more