3 year old is losing his teeth!

Mella - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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3 year old is losing his teeth

Hi Ladies

My cousin's son is 3 years old and is losing his teeth. He was taken into hospital recently and had both his front two teeth pulled out (mum found out after the operation and was given no explanation as to why it was done and never saw the doctor). Getting information out of a dentist was just as difficult. My cousin lives in an isolated part of NZ (Karamea) so does not have regular access to a dental clinic. However she does not give her children juice or soft drink etc. She is very health conscious and the children eat very healthy food. The children all brush regularly as well. Basically she is doing everything right but it is looking like more teeth are going to have to come out. Has anyone else had this problem with their children and does anyone have any idea what the problem is and how to prevent this from continuing? Any information much appreciated. Thank you.

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Lydia - posted on 09/16/2009

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When she took him to the dentist...what is for a cleaning? Or did she had a concern regarding loose teeth. I have heard of children that suffer a fall or car accident in which the front teeth needed to be remove....Perhaps a fall could cause it. She might also check to see if there is a calcium deficiency. She needs to go back to the clinic and get info, or if she could get her primary doctor to get hospital records.

Shirley - posted on 09/16/2009

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She should go back and demand to know why. There should be no reason to remove the teeth unless there was an infection that was making him septic or the teeth were loose and were about to fall out anyway. It is true that the adult teeth will eventually come down but he is disfigured until then. Why was he taken to hospital in the first place? She should ask for a copy of the consent form to see what is written on it ( she would of had to of signed one prior to any proceedure being done) and she is allowed to access it and get a copy by law.

Koree - posted on 09/16/2009

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As long as the child's adult teeth are growing in after the baby teeth come out it should be o.k. As long as the child is in no pain it could be that the child's teeth are developing early. Have you cheeked WEBMD?

Lynlee - posted on 09/16/2009

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I'm from NZ and am concerned that the child's teeth were removed without the mother's permission first. She possibly may have signed a form previously with a list of procedures that could be done without prior notification but even still she should have been informed and the procedure discussed given the child is only three. She needs to contact the dentist where her son is enrolled or where the tooth problem was picked up and find out why this has happened.

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