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My 6 year old son was complaining that he had soreness on his gums. I took a look and there seems to be some sort of cut on the side of his gums. It is right next to a molar. I was wondering if it is a cut or a tooth trying to come through? It seems like a pretty big cut it something to me. Or it kind of looks like something is trying to come through. He just had a dental exam, but no xrays were taken. I have a photo but I can't attach it for some reason. Thank you for your time.

ANSWER: Dear Timi,
I would be pleased to help you, but the information you have given to me is just not enough.
Where is the cut, how big is it, is it closer to the tongue , or the tooth, how many primary teeth has your son lost , are any of his teeth loose, etc.
I suspect you are dealing with normal eruption of teeth, but I really can't tell. Send me more information.
All the best,
Dr. Moss

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QUESTION: Hi Dr. Moss,
It is on his on his bottom right by his first molar. It is on the outside by his cheek. He has lost a lot of teeth. He actually has a very loose tooth on the top. He has lost seven teeth all together already. It really does look like something might be coming through, but there is already a tooth there. The cut or whatever it may be looks like the size of a length of his first molar. It's almost right underneath the side of his molar. I hope this information helps. I know a picture would help, but can't upload one. Again thank you for your time.

Dear Timi,
That information helped a lot.
No problem here.
You were correct, you are dealing with a simple case of eruption.
When the baby molar falls out the space will be gone and everything will look and be normal.
If it were something else your son would have a great deal of pain and his temperature would be elevated.
All the very best,
Dr. Moss


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I am a professor emeritus at New York University, with a background that includes extensive research, scientific writing and biology. I also am an international consultant in health education, particularly in developing education on new science for health professionals and consumers. I am a past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, former head of the NYU Division of Oral Biology and I represent the World Dental Federation at the United Nations. I travel around the world to provide health education to professionals and consumers.


Having retired from New York Universit, where I directed the pediatric dentistry training program, a walk-in dental clinic and research on oral biology, I formalized my professional and consumer health education initiative in the form of Health Education Enterprises. This entity consults and provides information on new science pertaining to oral and general health, particularly leading edge concepts that can be employed in the health professions to improve the public's health. As such, I am an expert in communicating new science and its usefulness to professional and lay audiences alike. I also had a pediatric dentistry practice in New York City for nearly 30 years.

I am affiliated with the American Dental Association, the World Dental Federation, the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry among other formal organizations. My experience has included a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and work at the Forsythe Dental Research Center

lpha Omegan USA, Nowa Stomatologia Poland, Journal of Public Health Dentistry, The Journal of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry USA, News Bulletin Japan, Journal of Marmara University Dental Faculty Turkey, Italian Journal of Paediatric Dentistry Italy, Asian Dentist Singapore, The Journal of the Israel Dental Association Israel, ROBRAC Brazil, Italian Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Italy, FDI World, STOMA Portugal, Pediatric Dentistry The Philippines, Modern Stomatology Bulgaria, Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry India

I obtained a doctor of dental science (DDS) degree, a master of science degree and am a board certified pediatric dentist.

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