AAPD President Talks Baby Teeth with U.S. Kids Magazine

April 16, 2013 02:51 PM

Elizabeth G. Terry interviewed AAPD President Dr. Joel H. Berg for a Q&A about blood blisters from lost baby teeth. A concerned reader wrote to U.S. Kids Magazine explaining that a blood blister covered the hole of a fallen tooth of her nephew, and asked what caused the blood blister.

The "blister" you describe is a normal part of losing a baby tooth, says Dr. Joel H. Berg, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

"Prior to falling out, baby teeth undergo a process wherein the root of the baby tooth is ‘eaten away’ by the body’s enzymes," he says. "As a result, the baby tooth becomes loose and eventually falls out, creating a space for the permanent tooth to come in.

If parents and caregivers are concerned about bruises or other marks in the child’s mouth, they should consult with a pediatric dentist.

The Q&A was posted on the Parents & Teachers page of U.S. Kids Magazine.  To continue reading, visit http://parentteacher.uskidsmags.com/2013/03/30/blood-blisters-lost-baby-teeth/


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