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My daughter who was born premature is 8months but she is not showing any sign of teething, why?

My daughter who was born  premature is 8months but she is not  showing any sign of teething, why?

Normal development: Your daughter is still in the normal timeframe for teeth eruption so no need to worry her. Most babies will get thrie first teeth before 12 months. Being premature may slow down development a bit. If no teeth by 12 months she should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

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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How do I tell if my almost 4-month old daughter is teething early or just going through a fussy, chew-on-everything phase?

How do I tell if my almost 4-month old  daughter is teething early or just going through a fussy, chew-on-everything phase?

Swollen gums: To determine if your child is teething look inside her mouth on the lower front gums nearest the tongue. At this age these are the first teeth to come in. If she is teething this area will be slightly redened and slightly swollen. You may even see a whitish area. And from the sound of things she seems to be teething. ...Read more

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My fourteenth week old son is constantly gumming on his hands. Is he teething early?

Possibly,: He could be teething the lower incisors. Or, he may be just suckling if he doesn't use a pacifier. No real harm in this. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well fed

My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well fed

Sucking/biting: The newborn is endowed with a tremendous drive to suckle, based on the pleasure sensors in their lips. This helps them learn to feed, after 9 months of nutrition via umbilical cord. The sucking,biting, gnawing behavior of infants is more one of self soothing than hunger or teeth.I'm not convinced teeth have much to do with the symptoms of infants,though they take the blame for a lot. ...Read more

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What causes teeth to be crooked at an early age?

What causes teeth to be crooked at an early age?

Many causes: Genetics can play a part. Bone structure and the amount of bone that is present, as well as the size of the teeth and jaw spacing... Pacifiers and thumb sucking can influence the teeth as well. Take a baby to a pedodontist very early on to stay ahead of dental issues and familiarize your baby with the dentist. ...Read more

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Need some dental expertise! my teeth are in the early stages of erosion?

Yes you do: You absolutely do need dental expertise. You need to call your dentist immediately for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Many possible causes for erosion, therefore many possible solutions. You need to see a pro, not a computer screen. Please call to schedule before the erosion gets out of hand. ...Read more

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I think I have early periodontitis. Does getting teeth cleanings every 3 months help or wear down your teeth?

I think I have early periodontitis. Does getting teeth cleanings every 3 months help or wear down your teeth?

Help: Treatment of periodontal disease will not wear down your teeth. Mainly because the procedure focuses on cleaning the area between the tooth, gum, and alveolar bone surrounding the tooth. Your main concern with this treatment is saving the teeth by improving the connective tissues that hold the teeth in place. Please follow the treatment plan and diagnosis of your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Teething (Definition)

Teething is the natural process of tooth eruption. The rare infant is born with teeth, but for most infants the process begins around 3 months and can last ...Read more