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Baby tooth regression

Tooth regression?

Our girl seems to be into regressions. (Maybe she will be a statistician?) Sleep? Oh yeah. And now, a tooth. Yes, a tooth. One of her front teeth came down and now has gone back up. I noticed it the other night before bed; naturally, I freaked out. At first, I thought she had chipped a tooth, but when I poked my finger in her mouth and felt it, it didn’t feel jagged or rough in any way.

The next day, I called her dentist to see if we needed to come in, or if this was just a “thing” that “happens” to kids. They suggested we come in, really to ease my mind, so we did. Let me just say that the Center for Pediatric Dentistry is great; the staff and dental providers are super friendly and helpful and encouraging. If you haven’t taken your 1+ year old to the dentist and are looking for one, I highly recommend going there. We got an emergency appointment for the next day. We were seen by the dentist in her office—like, her regular office, no special chair or anything. (Note: In general, they don’t use the dentist’s chair for little ones, for the exam or teeth cleaning. Rather, they sit on your lap [the kids, not the dentists] and lean their heads back on the dentist’s lap so the dentist can have easier access to those tiny little mouths.)

The dentist asked me if E had had any kind trauma to her mouth, even a little one. Being sleep deprived and brain dead, I couldn’t think of one, though over the course of the visit, I remembered that a few weeks ago, she had fallen and bumped her mouth, bloodying up her upper lip. It was scary (maybe more so for me?) and her lip was a little swollen, but I gave her a Pedialite popsicle to suck on (which I happened to have on hand from her bout with the lovely Norwalk virus and that seemed to help reduce the swelling. When I told the dentist that this had happened a while back, she said that sometimes it can take time for a problem to manifest.

She checked the tooth and it was slightly red around the gum, but didn’t seem mobile at all. She said that the best thing to do was keep an eye on it—if it changed color and was accompanied by swollen gums or if it was loose, then they might have to do something about it. Worst-case scenario was that the nerve was damaged and the tooth would have to be extracted. (Well actually the worse worst-case scenario was that the adult tooth behind it had nerve damage, but that was unlikely.) Apparently, young teeth have very short roots and so it’s not unusual for even the slightest bump to make teeth move around. Likely, she said, it would come down on its own, but we would practice “watchful waiting” in the meantime, and to come back in a month.

She also gave me the web address for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s website. At first blush, it really seems geared for dental/health professionals, but there is a page of resources for parents: Here, you can find a pediatric dentist in your area, get information about preventing tooth decay, read tips for encouraging resistant brushers, and so on. It also has links to great resources found elsewhere, like this video about how to care for your baby’s teeth.




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