Archive: February 26, 2014

When will my child get her first tooth?

When will my child get her first tooth?

For first-time parents wondering when their child will get his or her first teeth, expect teeth to first show when your child is between 4 and 7 months old. Sometimes, children – who the dental community refers to as “early developers”— have teeth develop as early as 3 months, and, more rarely, a tooth or two is visible at birth.

Your child actually begins to develop teeth when they are in the womb, where tooth buds start showing in the gums. Generally speaking, though, your child’s teeth will grow in this order: the bottom two middle teeth are first to appear, followed by the top middle teeth. After that, the teeth that make up the sides and back of your child’s mouth will start to come in. Typically, the teeth do not come in straight, but straighten out over time as the mouth starts to fill out. The molars situated at the rear of your child’s mouth will be the last to appear. By the time your child turns three, he or she should have 20 teeth, all of which should remain in place until their permanent teeth begin coming in. 
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The Many Advantages Of Getting Dental Veneers

The Many Advantages Of Getting Dental Veneers

When you have a chip or imperfection on one of your teeth, it can affect your overall appearance. The rest of your smile may be perfect, but the one chip becomes very noticeable. There are a few ways to deal with an imperfection in a tooth, but most options don't entirely take care of the problem. The best and most complete way to deal with an imperfect tooth is to get a dental veneer, and here's why.

First of all, dental veneers take care of the tooth while preventing further imperfections to the tooth. Veneers are stain resistant, so you don't need to worry about the veneer started to look discolored or worn over time. If the underlying tooth had any stains or discoloration to begin with, a dental veneer will take care of this problem. Dental veneers can be used not only to treat the chip in the tooth, but also to treat stained teeth. Veneers look very natural. The color fits into the natural color of the rest of your teeth. Porcelain material means that the tooth will look and feel just like a normal tooth. It will even glisten the way that teeth naturally. Anyone would have a hard time figuring out which tooth is your normal tooth and which one is a veneer. For this reason, many people opt to get veneers over other forms of cosmetic dental treatment. 
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What Can I Do To Protect My Child’s Teeth During Sporting Events?

What Can I Do To Protect My Child’s Teeth During Sporting Events?

As a parent, you are used to taking your child to the dentist for regular checkups or when she has a toothache. But what every mother and father want to avoid is having to rush to a dentist or emergency room when their child has lost teeth because of an accident, such as frequently occurs when kids play sports.

Every year, approximately 5 million teeth are accidentally knocked out in the United States. Teeth can be avulsed (the technical term) whether a child engages in a solo sports activity such a roller skating, a one-on-one sport such as wresting, or a team sport such as soccer or baseball. The level of physical contact in some sports immediately raises a red flag for parents, who make sure their child wears a helmet and/or padded guards for their knees and elbows. In fact, such protective devices are typically required by schools and organized sports teams.
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