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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Tooth Eruption – When Do They Happen?

Tooth Eruption – When Do They Happen?

Tooth eruption is part and parcel of growing up, at least for the first 15 years of each and every one of us. This is especially important for parents to note these dates for your child, so that you can ensure that your child is undergoing a normal phase. Let us first explore the different tooth names and their positions.      No teeth are visible in the mouth at birth. It is important to note that eruption times vary from child to...

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