Shark Teeth

by Dr. Joyce Levitt on February 27, 2017

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Milton dentist Dr. Joyce Levitt, Shark Teeth!About Shark Teeth. Losing the first baby tooth can be an exciting milestone! Many children & their parents start checking for that first wiggly tooth, one of the front lowers, at age 5 or 6. What they don’t expect to see is a double row of teeth, or “shark teeth!”

Shark Teeth occurs when the permanent tooth and the baby tooth are present at the same time, one behind the other. Normally a permanent tooth pushes on the baby tooth as it develops under the gum. The baby tooth root dissolves, becomes wiggly, eventually falling out. Then the permanent tooth emerges in its place. With shark teeth, the baby tooth root does not dissolve quickly enough and the permanent tooth emerges behind it.

What to do about shark teeth? The important thing is to check that the baby tooth is wiggly. Encourage the child to help wiggle the tooth using clean fingers and by eating hard, crunchy foods like apples and carrots. In most cases, the baby tooth is lost naturally! The permanent tooth behind it can move into place assisted by the natural motion of the tongue.

If the baby tooth is not wiggly at all, or does not become progressively wigglier over the course of several weeks, contact us for an exam. In some cases, the permanent tooth is not in a position to dissolve the baby tooth root and must be removed by the dentist.

Losing teeth and getting new ones can look interesting. If something looks concerning, or your child is complaining of unusual discomfort, please contact us about what to do about shark teeth.

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Infant Oral Health, Starting Before Birth

by Dr. Zeena Alsalman on June 15, 2016

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Infant Oral HealthI will be expecting my first child this fall and as a dentist I know that infant oral health starts before birth.

As a relatively new Milton resident hailing from Texas, I’m enjoying getting to know this special community. In and out of the office I’ve noticed the plethora of young families and expectant mothers and I want them to be aware of the importance of infant oral health.

With babies on the brain, I would like to share my dental knowledge to help expectant mothers care for themselves and their growing families. Like overall general health, our dental health impacts our unborn babies.

Many expectant mothers report gum soreness or bleeding, often due to pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease). Hormonal changes exaggerate the way the gums react to plaque buildup, causing inflammation, bleeding, puffiness, and soreness. To prevent and treat gum disease, schedule professional dental cleanings. We can also recommend how to improve your homecare to maintain good oral health.

I often have patients tell me “I got my mother’s bad teeth,” or “Everyone in my family has soft teeth.” This common misconception makes people feel helpless in fighting tooth decay! Actually, except for certain rare abnormalities, risk for tooth decay is not genetically inherited. You can lower your child’s risk of getting cavities, and it starts with treating yourself.

Mothers and caretakers unknowingly transmit their dental bacteria to children impacting their infant’s oral health. Caretakers with healthy mouths have less cavity-producing germs to pass on and their children are at a lower risk for cavities. A dental exam before baby’s arrival is recommended for all caretakers. We can diagnose cavities and discuss solutions to improve dental health.

Rest assured visiting the dentist is safe during pregnancy. We can diagnose and treat gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues that affect mother and unborn child.

Contact us for a consultation!

Related: Healthy Smiles from the Start: Pregnancy and Newborn Oral Health

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Dental implants can replace missing, broken or loose teeth!

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Dental implants can replace missing or broken teeth, replace dentures and loose teeth? When you decide to make a significant investment in dental implants you want to be sure you will get the result you want. Whether you need a dental implant to replace a missing or broken tooth; to get rid of dentures or […]

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Strategies to Reduce Fear/Anxiety/Phobia Part 1 of 4: Informational Control

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Scared of the dentist? We can help.

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If you suffer from a fear of the dentist or dentist anxiety, Mill Ridge Family Dental Care can help. Dental fear is incredibly common and no patient suffering from it should feel alone. The reality is that a large segment of the population admits to feeling scared of the dentist and consequently delays or even […]

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Facts about Dental Sealants

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What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles […]

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Do your dental insurance benefits expire on December 31?

November 24, 2014

If your dental insurance benefits renew on January 1st of each year be sure to maximize your dental insurance benefits for the current year by booking an appointment before your benefits expire for the current year.

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Why I became a dentist

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I worked as a dental receptionist, dental assistant, and dental hygienist before making the big decision to apply to the dental program at the University of Toronto. As a dental assistant I would sit across from the dentist and watch patients clearly experiencing pain and discomfort and think “there must be a better way to […]

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How to Deal With Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

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By Dilia Narduzzi, Canadian Family Ever since she was a kid, Chris Giovanni* didn’t like going to the dentist. The sound of the drill, and the needles made her anxious about each visit. Now, her eight-year-old son, Julien, is in the same boat. “Even before he had cavities, he didn’t like the experience. He is […]

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Cosmetic Dentistry

June 11, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry is a very popular term that is used by many dentists to distinguish themselves from other general dental practitioners. I take exception to the use of this term as I feel that all dental treatment needs to be of the highest functional and cosmetic calibre. Certainly, dental treatment that is done especially on […]

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