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Hello! I would like to ask a few questions.  My 8 year old daughter is complaining that her permanent front teeth are moving (2 upper and 4 lower).  I tried to move them with my fingers and they are wiggling! I don't really know how much because I stopped as soon as i realized that for fear that ithey will come out.

I actually noticed that she has front teeth (upper) protruding.  In fact, she speaks and makes good sounds of M, B, P even when her lips aren't closed.  Now that she started complaining, i see that her gums look kind of swollen and dark red to me.  She says they are not painful at all, just coming out.

Please please help me.  What could possibly the cause? Is it lack of calcium?  She doesn't really like the taste of milk and rarely takes it since she was 4.  I am so scared for her.  Thank you for your answer in advance.

Dear Mary,

I wish I could help you.  It is possible that she has extra teeth under her gums that are trying to come in.  Or that the teeth that are loose are actually her baby teeth, and are loosening to allow her permanent teeth to come in.  You need to take her to a dentist to make sure that these scenarios are or are not true, and to make sure that these teeth are not infected.

Call your dentist for an appointment now.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, Atlantic Coast District Dental Society, Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, Alpha Omega Alumni Association, and American Association of Dental Implantologists. Formerly, American Academy of General Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, Macomb Dental Society, Detroit District Dental Society, Tri-County Dental Health Council (a charitable dental care organization)

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Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology from Wayne State University Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Detroit College of Dentistry Adjunct Clinical Professor, Special Needs Department, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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