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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Toothless 16 month old

04/18/2006

Question:

Hi there, my daughter is now 16 months old and does not have any teeth. I cannot see or feel any either. Should I wait until she reaches the 18 month mark to see a pediatric dentist or go now? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Answer:

Baby teeth begin to erupt within a broad range of ages but the lack of any sign of eruption at 16 months is unusual. Now is the time to see a pediatric dentist. She may take an x-ray to verify the presence/absence of teeth and can discuss potential causes of late erupting or missing teeth.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University