Baby’s Teething Timeline

baby-teeth-6485868Parents are full of questions about teething. When will my baby get her first tooth? When will my baby lose her first tooth? How long does it take for all of the permanent teeth to come in? To answer these questions and more, we thought the following teething timeline would help: [Read more…]

Ask the Dentist: Is it Necessary to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

SayAhIt’s always good to have a back-up plan. Wisdom teeth, our third set of molars, were designed as the back-up plan in case we happen to wear out our first two sets. If that’s the case, why do wisdom teeth get removed so often? Will it be necessary for your child to have his or her wisdom teeth removed? Here are some of the most common reasons these backmost teeth are forced to go:

  • The wisdom tooth is not positioned correctly. A tilted wisdom tooth, for instance, may create a pocket for bacterial plaque and debris to accumulate.
  • The wisdom tooth is partially erupted. This puts your child at risk of decay and pericoronitis, a bacterial infection of the gum around the tooth. [Read more…]