Why Is My Child Not Losing Any Teeth? | Pediatric Dentist Hoboken

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You probably remember the first time you lost a tooth when you were still young. You may even still remember losing the first few. In fact, you may have even helped make it happen by tying strings to loose teeth so that they fall out much quicker. And now, your child is going to have go through the same experience soon.

Most children start losing their primary teeth at around 5 or 6 years old to slowly make room for their permanent teeth.

But, what happens if your child doesn’t?

Pulling Out Loose Baby Teeth

As the permanent teeth start to develop and come in, the roots of your child’s original teeth will gradually dissolve. Eventually, the amount of tissue becomes so small that your child can easily use his or her fingers or tongue to remove the loose tooth.

Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Don’t worry too much. It happens. More importantly, don’t pull out the loose baby teeth yourself.

There’s a huge chance that the baby tooth is only slightly loose, which means it’s best to just leave the tooth alone.

Still, if your child doesn’t say it hurts when it moves and it’s already very loose but just will not fall off, feel free to help out your child. Don’t tie a string to it, though. Instead, use a clean towel or gauze to hold the tooth and give it a quick twist before pulling it out in one go.

Better yet, let your child do it. This is a very big milestone and a moment that children will likely remember for the rest of their lives. So, you might as well let your child do it.

When to Call The Dentist

  • Small fragments of the root may sometimes stay in the tissue for far longer. They’re rarely a cause for concern. But, if they begin to cause swelling, redness, or even pain in the tissue, contact your dentist immediately to check if there’s an infection.
  • “Shark teeth” is a term used to describe when the permanent teeth erupt when the baby teeth still hasn’t had a chance to fall out properly. This is similar to what happens in sharks, hence the name. While such cases aren’t exactly a dental emergency, you still would want to have it checked by your child’s pediatric dentist. The dentist will usually check your child’s teeth if there’s still a possibility for the baby teeth to fall out naturally. If not, then the dentist will have to extract your child’s baby teeth to make way for the permanent teeth.
  • There are also cases where the permanent tooth just never develops and the baby tooth doesn’t fall out as a result. At this time you’ll want to take your child to the dentist to take an X-ray just to make sure if the permanent tooth developed or not.

If you are concerned about your child’s permanent or baby teeth, don’t hesitate to call Hoboken Pediatric Dentistry and make an appointment at 201-795-2111 or visit our website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

How To Cure Bad Breath

Nobody wants to get in an embarrassing situation where someone points out that they have bad breath. But, most of us will inevitably go through that at some point.  

To understand how to prevent and cure bad breath, it’s important to understand what causes it first. 

What Causes Bad Breath 

Whenever we eat, food particles and debris often get trapped in between teeth and along the gum line. Brushing your teeth and flossing helps take care of this. But, if you don’t brush your teeth after a meal, the trapped food becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. This is what then causes bad breath.  

The food you eat is also another common cause of bad breath. Garlic, onions, and alcohol are notorious for their strong odor. When you eat or drink either of the three, your body ends up absorbing them, eventually causing you to breathe the foul odor through your lungs.  

In rare cases, bad breath can also be a symptom of a serious illness like liver failure, kidney disease, or even diabetes. 

Curing Bad Breath 

There are five things you can do to cure and prevent bad breath, and these are: 

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing them at least once. However, if you can brush your teeth every after a big meal, then all the better. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth should remove and take care of all the food and bacteria trapped in between your teeth and gum line. 
  • Don’t forget to clean your cheeks and tongue. Your cheeks and tongue can also host bacteria and be the cause of your bad breath. Always use the tongue scraper on your toothbrush to clean them whenever you brush your teeth.  
  • Drink lots and lots of water. Have you ever noticed how foul your breath smells in the morning when you wake up? “Morning breath” is actually the result of, among many other things, there not being enough saliva in your mouth. However, your mouth can dry up at any time of the day. And, without saliva, your mouth is unable to clean itself and wash away food particles, which causes bad breath. You can help prevent this by stimulating saliva production throughout the day by keeping yourself hydrated.  
  • Be mindful of what you eat. Garlic, onions, and alcohol are just a few of the many types of food that causes bad breath. Your diet too can also cause your breath to smell. In particular, high protein and low carb diets have been known to cause bad breath.  
  • Visit your dentist often. Don’t be one of those people who visit their dentist only when they’re having oral problems. Do your teeth and gums a favor and actually pay your dentist a visit every three to six months or so for regular checkups and cleanings. Doing so not only helps keep your mouth clean and healthy, but it also helps you stay on top of any oral complications you might have.  

If you have chronic bad breath don’t wait to make an appointment to avoid a potentially bigger issue. Call Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 or visit our website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.