Dentist:  Question:

My 13 month baby girl (10 months corrected) seems to have very weak ridged sharp teeth. Today she somehow chipped her front tooth. Can you refer me to a paediatric dentist please? She is a very healthy baby now, however, she was born at 28 weeks and received medication at that time. I'm worried that her teeth will continue to chip away is there anything that can be done?

Answer:

Young infants of this age are approaching the period when they are most vulnerable to getting trauma (bangs) to their front teeth. In their efforts to explore their world they sometimes bang their face and teeth against the nearest obstacle in their way. If possible you should re- arrange furniture in the immediate vicinity of the area being explored.

Watch out for objects she might try to explore with her mouth in case of further trauma to her teeth. It is unlikely that she has caused major damage to her tooth. You can be assured that her teeth are as strong and healthy as any other child and the medication she was on is unlikely to have caused any weakening of her teeth.

For your own peace of mind it is no harm in these circumstances for you to seek the advice of a dentist. You can look for a dentist near you who limits his or her practice to paediatric dentistry by searching online through the dentist locator section of the Irish Dental Association www.dentist.ie or in the Golden Pages www.goldenpages.ie


Dr. Gerard Gavin, Vhi DeCare Dental

Remember your dental health is important for your overall health. Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet, Brush and Floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

3rd March 2009