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Permanent Tooth Coming in Behind Baby Tooth

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Permanent Tooth Coming in Behind Baby Tooth

Children experience a lot of minor issues as they lose baby tooth and their permanent teeth come in.  One thing you might see is that the permanent tooth comes in before the baby tooth is out.  What should a parent do? Called “shark teeth,” this is actually a fairly common and harmless condition.  It happens most often with the child’s front teeth, although it can happen elsewhere.  If the baby tooth is loose, encourage your child to wiggle it out.  If the tooth is not very loose, that means the baby tooth’s roots may still be in place.  Please call our office...

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When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

As your pediatric dentists in Tucson, we handle many of your child’s dental needs.  If your kid needs braces, however, you must see an orthodontist to correct those issues.  When does this occur? The answer really will depend on your child, but as a general rule, many children can wait until all permanent teeth have come in before beginning orthodontic therapy. This usually occurs at around 10 to 13 years of age.  However, there are some specific cases in which a child could benefit from orthodontic intervention as early as 5 years of age.   We will help you navigate this process...

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Children and Toothaches

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Children and Toothaches

Veteran parents generally have a good idea of what to do when a child catches a cold or has a fever.  However, they may not know what to do if a child has a toothache. First, if the child’s face is swollen, apply a cold compress and contact Northwest Children’s Dentistry, your Tucson pediatric dentist, immediately. However, if the child is complaining about a mild toothache, clean the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the child’s mouth with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food in the gums. DO NOT place aspirin or heat on the gums or on the aching tooth. If pain...

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Baby’s First Tooth

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off

Baby’s First Tooth

If you are a new parent, you’re looking forward to many milestones: first smile, smile word, first crawl.  As pediatric dentists, we look forward to seeing a child’s first tooth. Those first teeth usually erupt around 6 to 8 months old and are called primary teeth. You generally see the two front bottom teeth (lower central incisors) first, followed by the two front top teeth (upper central incisors).  By the time your bundle of joy is 3 years old, they should have all 20 primary teeth. Permanent teeth won’t start appearing until your kid turns 6 years old. As your...

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Celebrate Holiday Veggies

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off

Celebrate Holiday Veggies

Everyone knows that the holidays mean great tasting food.  We hope your family enjoys some delicious holiday eating.  In between the cookies and eggnog, we hope you’ll also snack on some veggies too. Vegetables offer much more than good nutrients and less calories.  Raw vegetables like celery can clean plaque from your teeth.  Raw carrots increase saliva production, which can reduce your risk of cavities.  High dietary fiber, often found in veggies, will massage teeth and gums for cleaner teeth.  All those garden greens go a long way to maintaining a healthy mouth that will keep...

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