Generally, children will have around 20 baby teeth. These teeth will start erupting when the baby is six months old. Usually, the first baby teeth are the front teeth, called incisors. From this moment until they are 3 years old the baby teeth will continue erupting until they are all through.
How do children’s teeth erupt and fall out? Eventually, baby teeth and its roots will dissolve, from forces of the adult tooth erupting and it is perfectly natural. They need to fall out to make way for the permanent teeth. Most kids will start losing baby teeth at the age of 5 or 6 but it can also happen as early as 4 or as late as 8 years old. Generally, children whose baby teeth erupted early also lose them early.
Baby teeth tend to fall out on their own. Sometimes, they get stuck in the food your child is eating. For stubborn teeth that don’t fall easily and just hang in there, you can ask your child to wiggle it until it falls off. When a baby tooth falls off, the permanent tooth is usually underneath the gums, just waiting to replace the tooth.
When you visit your dentist and hygienist you’re probably thinking they’re just going to look at the health of your teeth and gums, and that that’s all they’ll be concerned about. You may be surprised to learn they pay attention to a lot of tiny details during your visit that give them clues about your overall dental health. While watching for cavities and ensuring you’re practicing good dental hygiene are certainly central to their concerns, below you’ll find a list of other things that they look out for.
What’s the connection?
Diabetes affects the mouth in more than one way. Uncontrolled diabetes reduces saliva production and this can lead to increased risk of caries. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes are also highly prone to develop periodontal disease due to the inflamed gums and trapping the bacteria under the inflamed gums. This can lead to bone loss. And with bone being what holds teeth in the jaws, the teeth can get mobile.
Like most infections, gum disease can also lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, and that makes diabetes harder to keep under control. So this is a negative vicious cycle, which can be taken care of with a few preventive measures.
At Courtney dental we love continuing education, we love learning and passing on this knowledge to our patients. The purpose of our blog is to keep our patients informed and up to date with information regarding dentistry. We understand that coming to the dentist can be an overwhelming experience for some, especially when you don't understand the process, or what is happening to your own mouth. The team at Courtney Dental are hear to help.
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Mouth rinses are a popular oral hygiene product, but many are unsure which one to use and why. Mouth rinses can provide a benefit to your overall oral health when used correctly.
Brushing removes most food, bacteria and plaque from the surface of your teeth. Flossing gets in between your teeth (where your brush can’t reach) and can even scrape your tongue clean.
So when and why should you use a mouth rinse?
Did you know that most health fund benefits reset on 1st July. Every year most health funds give you a set benefit amount for your rebate and if you don't use this benefit you forfeit it.
It’s important to keep track of your health fund benefits to help make the best use of them. Health funds can reset at different times of the year however, most commonly reset at either the end of the calendar or the financial year. With that in mind, it is important to check when your benefits will renew and ensure you don’t miss out on all that you are entitled to.
Call us on 07 4725 3366 to make an appointment before the end of the financial year.
Dental x-rays ensure your teeth don’t just look healthy, but they are healthy! They can pick up tiny issues that are invisible to your dentists’ eyes and allow them to see what’s happening beneath the surface.
Its getting hairy out there guys. Someone has been enjoying isolation a little too much. Craig decided to take the opportunity to grow a seriously interesting moustache, to the horror of his daughters. And staff. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll never be able to get that image out of your brain. We should really apologise. Hopefully in line with the recent drop in restrictions and the ability to slowly get back into work we will see the end of this horror!
Next time you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, have a closer look at the packaging. Can you see the words “ADA seal of approval” written on them? ADA stands for the Australian Dental Association, but who are they and what does the seal mean?
Chantel graduated from James Cook University in Cairns with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Having grown up in the area, Chantel moved back to Townsville after she completed her studies wanting to put her skills to use in serving the local community.