Oral Health

Posted by: Al | 2009/03/12


5 yrs old

my daughter started getting her permanent teeth popping out from around 4.5yrs old she is now 5.5 yrs old and 1 bottom and 1 top milk tooth has fallen out, lots more are loose. problem is the perm teeth have grown behind the baby teeth so that the bottom row of teeth are skewered or double, is this normal, WHAT causes it, she was breastfed for 9 m, what do i do about it,

Laslty would a qual dentist also be a oral hygienist or is this a separate profession? my daught has been advised to see one and also have fissures put in, what is that and for what are they for? really necessary?

Last last one, is it ok for me to let her and my 2yrs old son use organic toothpaste without fluoride, sls' s etc? if not why and would normal colgate be better?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Many children have erupted permanent teeth without the baby teeth falling out first. The cause could be varied but it is difficult to pinpoint. In these cases the baby teeth are usually removed. Later at the age of 10-12 if the permanent teeth are still crooked, braces may be needed.

A dentist is qualified to do everythinf an oral hygienist can do. Fissure sealants are a preventive measure to prevent decay of permanent teeth.

Children need fluoride in their toothpaste for the healthy development of their teeth I would not recommend toothpaste without fluoride

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