When Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?

Many parents in our practice are curious about when do baby teeth fall out.  It is one of the more common questions that Dr. Bechtloff answers every day.

There are a total of twenty primary (baby) teeth.  The first ones to come in are usually the lower front teeth around the age of six months. The last baby teeth to show up are the upper second baby molars, and they appear between 30 and 36 months of age. 

Not much happens to the baby teeth between 3 and 6 years of age. But between 6 and 8 years however, there is a lot of action as kids normally lose their eight primary front teeth. Four teeth on top and four teeth on the bottom.  Between age 8 and age 10 there is another two-year pause that catches many parents by surprise since they have become accustomed to teeth being lost left and right. The last twelve primary teeth are then lost between ages 10 and 13. 

These are merely averages however. In some cases baby teeth fall out faster or sometimes slower than this.  It is not unusual to see a 10-year-old with no baby teeth remaining, nor is it surprising to see a 14-year-old still hanging on to a few. The actual ages are not as important as the pattern.

If baby teeth are not lost in the right order, or if a tooth is lost and more than three months go by without a permanent replacement coming in, there may a problem. Some possibilities include missing teeth or overcrowding of the permanent teeth.  This is what Dr. Bechtloff is evaluating at your child’s recall visits.  He can tell you if everything is normal or if interceptive Phase 1 orthodontics is advisable. If you are concerned about how things are going in your child’s mouth, just ask.  That’s what we do at DrB4kids.

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Oxford Valley Professional Center
400 North Buckstown Drive
Suite 1-C
Langhorne, PA

5 Good Reasons for Breastfeeding Your Baby

5 reasons for breastfeeding:

1.  Breastfeeding reduces future orthodontics problems:  Proper tongue function during breastfeeding your baby places the pressure of suckling toward the back of the mouth and thus contributes to a broader shaped palate.  This in turn creates more space for the developing permanent teeth and means less time in braces.

2.  Breastfeeding prevents tongue thrusting, open bites and speech problems:  Bottle nipples sometimes allow the flow of milk to be continuous and encourages the child to stop the flow with forward placement of the tongue. This stimulates the development of a tongue thrust, which can eventually affect speech and tooth position.

3.  Breastfeeding your baby promotes health:  In addition to the obvious nurturing aspect of breastfeeding research has shown that it also reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, type 1 diabetes, asthma, and allergies.

4.  Fewer cavities:  Breast milk contains some natural “antibiotics” to prevent tooth decay.  Lactoferrin is the component that controls the bacteria which is a major contributor to tooth decay.  Cow’s milk also creates more acid than human milk.

5.  Breastfeeding your baby promotes favorable facial growth:  The complex action of the sucking motion influences better lower jaw development, stronger facial muscles and a healthier palatal dimension. Research has shown that children who are breastfed do not have the need for further sucking on a pacifier or thumb.

For more information, just give me a call in the office and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.




What Do People Think About Your Smile?

http://www.DrB4Kids.com      Langhorne, Pa.

I came across an article that I thought might interest you.  It was a study done at the University of Michigan to evaluate the attitudes of how the public judges people with uncorrected orthodontic problems.  Whether we think it is fair or not, the public makes a variety of assumptions.  They rated photos of adults with malocclusions to be not only less attractive, but less intelligent, less conscientious and less approachable.  The 889 respondents also stated that they would be less likely to interact with them in both personal and professional settings.
At DrB4KIds we know that the treatment we render has a significant effect on self esteem and attractiveness, but we had no idea that it had this type of long term significant impact.  Is it fair?  Not in our opinion, but apparently it is reality.  What’s your opinion?

What are the Benefits of Straight Teeth in Bucks County?

Langhorne, Pa   Dr.R.Bechtloff   www.drb4kids

There are many reasons why people want straight teeth. Not the least of these is the fact that crooked teeth are not the most attractive feature. While nicely aligned straight teeth can be the part of your looks that pulls everything else together, a crooked teeth smile can draw attention away from an otherwise striking appearance. A great smile is vital to your self-confidence, which in turn can improve your outlook on life in general.

However, the benefits of straight teeth do not end with just your appearance.

• Crooked teeth can interfere with proper chewing, a problem which is with you at every meal if not confronted.

• Good oral hygiene (such as regular brushing and flossing) can be much more difficult and ineffective with crooked teeth. When your teeth are not straight and evenly spaced, there is a much higher likelihood that there will be hard-to-reach spaces that do not receive the proper treatment from your daily cleaning routine. As a result, unwanted plaque and tartar can build up unnoticed. Over time, this can lead to such serious consequences as tooth decay, gum disease, or even tooth loss. Since no one enjoys spending time in the dentist’s chair having root canals, fillings, and oral surgery, it is important to stay on top of your oral hygiene.

 The good news is that at DrB4Kids we love creating beautiful straight teeth smiles and fixing crooked teeth. Orthodontics (which comes from the Greek words orthos “straight or proper” and odons “tooth”) is a special field of dentistry that concerns itself with the study and treatment of irregular bites.

An abnormal bite can be the result of uneven teeth, a jaw that is out of proportion or misaligned, or both. Crooked teeth can be brought into alignment using traditional metal braces; although they are not used as much today as they have been in the past. More popular currently are the alternatives available which are less noticeable, so that orthodontic patients do not have to sacrifice their looks in the short term to have a beautiful smile and straight teeth forever. These less conspicuous treatment options include clear ceramic braces and Invisalign™. Invisalign is a type of removable and virtually invisible aligner that fits over the teeth instead of wire being held in place by brackets.

There are a variety of orthodontic options out there today, many of which are less intrusive and visually obvious than they used to be in days past. Whether you are a parent of an adolescent with crooked teeth that need to be straightened or if you yourself are seeking improvement in your smile, we encourage visiting our office in Langhorne today. The benefits are many; you will be glad you did!

Early Orthodontics Treatment by DrB4Kids

What is Early Orthodontic Treatment or Phase 1?

Langhorne,Pa. http://www.DrB4Kids.com

Many parents ask me if the early orthodontic treatment has to be applied when their child still has lots of baby teeth?

While not all orthodontic treatment problems can be fixed at this age, the severity of many problems can be reduced and the self-esteem of the young patient improved dramatically with the use of some type of simple growth modification device like an expander, habit appliance (to stop thumb or finger sucking) or functional appliance (to reduce an overbite or improve and underbite).

Teeth that erupt into the wrong place, may never look as good even if their position is corrected later. The incidence of extracting healthy permanent and baby teeth can be dramatically reduced and perhaps most important is the improvement in self-esteem that a child can receive from a healthy attractive smile before going to junior high school.

In addition to the cosmetic advantages, if the upper jaw is too narrow, all the top permanent teeth will erupt in the wrong places.  When the back teeth come in on the inside of the bottom teeth we call that a cross-bite.  This can actually cause your child’s lower jaw to shift to the side causing a crooked face and poor jaw joint function.  At DrB4Kids, we are concerned about both the health and appearance of the children in Langhorne.

 A small overbite is usually not an indicator for early orthodontic treatment, but moderate to severe conditions can cause social problems for young patients and make them more susceptible to dental injuries because the teeth stick out. Although overbites cannot be totally eliminated until a child has finish growing, it is advisable to reduce their severity for reasons of safety and self-esteem. 

So, Is your child a candidate for early orthodontic treatment, braces or Invisalign Teen?  Why not ask Dr. Bechtloff on your child’s next checkup visit?