Common problems during Teething

Common problems during Teething

1. Why is the newly erupted front teeth serrated on the edge (see Pic 1)? It is normal for newly erupted front teeth to appear saw-shaped on the edge. It will be naturally grinded and smoothened after a period of time. 2. My child’s upper front teeth are flared with a gap in between. Does he/she need orthodontic treatment (see Pic 2)? This is a transitional period called the “Ugly Duckling” stage. Usually, when the upper...

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When do Milk teeth and Permanent teeth erupt?

When do Milk teeth and Permanent teeth erupt?

We all have two sets of teeth in our lifetime – milk teeth (or formally known as deciduous teeth) and permanent or adult teeth. Milk teeth are the first set of teeth we have and there are altogether 20 of them. They usually start to erupt from around the age of six months until 3 years of age. At the age of 6, adult teeth sequentially erupt to replace the deciduous teeth which become loose and shed. The charts below shows the ages at which the...

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Foods that Stain Teeth

Foods that Stain Teeth

To keep your pearly whites white, you can want to consider taking these in moderation: Tea, especially black teas Coloured sauces, like curry, soy, tomato Sports or energy drinks can erode enamel, setting the stage for stains. Drinking water during workouts is a better choice. Red wine Fruits and Berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries, pomegranates etc. Soda, Cola, and Other Carbonated Drinks – these acidic drinks can lead...

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Types of Tooth Discoloration

Types of Tooth Discoloration

Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes inside the tooth. There are three main types of tooth discoloration: Extrinsic — This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. Coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods can stain teeth. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains. Intrinsic — This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can get this...

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Your Teeth: What to Expect When Pregnant

Your Teeth: What to Expect When Pregnant

You have so much to think about during pregnancy, make sure to keep your oral health on the list. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health. Keeping your mouth healthy helps keep you healthy, and course, that helps keep your baby healthy. You will notice a lot of changes in your body when you become pregnant. This includes your mouth and teeth. Due to changes in your hormone levels, your mouth becomes more vulnerable to bacteria...

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Tetracycline Stains

Tetracycline Stains

Antibiotics are used to treat a wide variety of ailments — prescription drugs help us battle infections, stay healthy and even prolong our lives. But unfortunately, many medications aren’t without side effects. Although drugs are meant to help us get better, some may produce unwanted dental problems. One such medication is the antibiotic tetracycline. Used to combat bacterial infections, acne and “traveler’s...

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When do children start changing teeth?

When do children start changing teeth?

Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed so that by the time they are loose there is little holding them in place besides a small amount of tissue. Most children lose their baby teeth in this order: Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose. Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by...

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It is never too late to straighten your teeth.

It is never too late to straighten your teeth.

Braces are common amongst teenagers, but increasingly many people are seeking for teeth straightening solutions in their 30s or even later. New innovations in orthodontic treatments can now meet the aesthetic demands of working adults,  such as the invisible braces (using clear aligners) and the lingual braces method (placing brackets on the inside on the teeth). However, what happens if you’re an adult who requires the straightening power of...

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When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

It’s a good idea to start cleaning your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as you see a tooth emerging. If you start early, your baby will get used to having his teeth cleaned, and hopefully you’ll avoid problems later on. Your baby’s first tooth will most likely be a bottom front one, appearing when he’s about six months old. However, a few babies are born with a tooth through already. Others are still toothless when...

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Flossing is even more important than brushing!

Flossing is even more important than brushing!

Do you floss? Or, like many people, do you always seem to find a reason not to? A 2008 survey found that only 49% of Americans floss daily, and 10% never floss. That’s most unfortunate, dentists say, because flossing is even more important than brushing when it comes to preventing periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss. Dentists say they hear all sorts of excuses for not flossing. Yet they insist that simple workarounds exist for just about...

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