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Calling All Tooth Fairies: What to Do When Your Child’s Tooth Is Loose

July 23, 2012


Every child loves the tooth fairy. But as a parent, it can be tough to know the proper way to help your child when his or her primary tooth is ready to come out.

First, it helps to understand what’s happening in your child’s mouth. Children have 20 primary teeth, which are often referred to as “baby teeth.” At about age 6, permanent teeth begin to push through the gums, and primary teeth become loose and fall out. By about age 13, your child will have most of his or her permanent teeth.
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Space Maintainers Help Children Develop a Healthy Smile

July 16, 2012


Sometimes children lose a primary tooth from decay or injury before a permanent one is ready to come in. This can lead to dental issues down the road. Why? When a tooth is missing, the other teeth shift to fill the gap. This can take up space that permanent teeth would normally occupy when they descend. As a result, permanent teeth come in crooked and crowded. This can affect your child’s speech and ability to chew. Eventually, your child could need orthodontic treatment to correct the problems caused by one missing baby tooth.
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Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth. You can do something about it.

July 09, 2012


If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth. People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).

Other problems diabetes can cause are dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. Dry mouth happens when you do not have enough saliva—the fluid that keeps your mouth wet. Diabetes may also cause the glucose level in your saliva to increase. Together, these problems may lead to thrush, which causes painful white patches in your mouth.
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