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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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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Smile Makeover for Missing Teeth

Smile Makeover for Missing Teeth

Replacing a Lost Tooth  Loss of all natural teeth can result in a person’s psychological, social, and physical impairment. Some people have difficulties adjusting back to a normal life after losing their natural teeth. It is for both aesthetic and functional reasons to replace missing teeth, which are commonly done in three ways: Dentures Dentures are removable artificial teeth. They should be removed after every meal and cleaned and...

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Keeping your Gums Healthy

Keeping your Gums Healthy

People are living longer and healthier lives. And, older adults also are more likely to keep their teeth for a lifetime than they were a decade ago. However, studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease and need to do more to maintain good oral health. Whatever your age, it is important to keep your mouth clean, healthy and feeling good. And it is important to know the state of your periodontal...

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