Think Those “Baby” Teeth Don’t Matter? Think Again! | Dr. Meghan Dicks


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It is VERY important to maintain the health of the primary (baby) teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth.

Primary teeth are important for:

  1.  proper chewing and eating
  2. providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
  3. permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles.
  4. the development of speech

While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.

Eruption of your children’s teeth:

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Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first baby teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. At the age of 8, you can expect the bottom 4 primary teeth (lower central and lateral incisors) and the top 4 primary teeth (upper central and lateral incisors) to be gone and permanent teeth to have taken their place. There is about a one to two year break from ages 8-10 and then the rest of the permanent teeth will start to come in. This process continues until approximately age 21.

Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars.

The easiest way to avoid cavities in your children’s teeth are:

1. Regular brushing (2-3 times a day) with a fluoridated toothpaste. Below the age of 5-6 parents should be helping with brushing especially before bed.
2. FLOSSING- if kids are not flossing they are missing 33% of the tooth surface.
3. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks, live a healthy well balanced diet, but of course treats are allowed.
4. Regular visits to the dentist for check ups and cleanings.

Dr. Meghan Dicks

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Dr. Dicks was born in Newfoundland and she moved to Fredericton in 1998 where she attended LHHS and UNB. Dr. Dicks graduated from UNB in 2007, excelling both academically and athletically. She was on the Dean’s list and received an Academic All Canadian award as a member of the UNB women’s hockey team. Dr. Dicks went on to Dalhousie University where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2012. Dr. Dicks was the recipient of a number of awards during her dental studies, including the prestigious award in her senior year as the “student with the greatest proficiency in Restorative Dentistry.”

Dr. Dicks has received training and certificates in implant dentistry along with nitrous oxide and oral sedation. She has a great compassion for her patients and aims to provide them with a calm, comfortable dental experience. Dr. Dicks loves working with people of all ages and has a passion for working on children.

In her spare time, Dr. Dicks enjoys spending time with her husband Pete and their baby boy Teddy. They enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with friends and family. Dr. Dicks feels very lucky to continue her career in this beautiful city and is excited to begin seeing new patients.

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