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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Late teething

08/10/2007

Question:

My son is 13months and still has no teeth. You can see the outline of the teeth on his gums, but no signs as yet of any teeth trying to come through. Is this something to worry about? He is ill quite a lot - throat infections - and therefor he has been on antibiotics quite regularly since he was about 3 months old. Could this have an adverse effect on his teeth in general?

Answer:

The age range considered "normal" for eruption of teeth is very broad and it's likely that your child's baby teeth will appear soon.  If they don't appear within the next month, have him examined by a pediatric dentist.  It is not likely that your son's antibiotic treatment for throat infections will harm his teeth. There is some evidence that children who suffer severe illnesses in the first few years of life will have defects in the enamel of their developing teeth, but your son's throat infections are unlikely to cause his teeth any problems.

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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