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Chapter 2: Dental Development
Introduction
It is important for child health providers to understand normal dental development so that proper anticipatory guidance can be provided to families, deviations from normal can be recognized, and accurate decisions about intervention can be made.


Sections
1.
Normal Development
2.
Tooth Eruption
   
Primary Teeth
   
Permanent Teeth
   
Natal and Neonatal Teeth
3.
Tooth Exfoliation
4.
Abnormal Teeth
   
Number of Teeth
   
Tooth Shape
   
Tooth Color
5.
Teething Care and Anticipatory Guidance
6.
Malocclusion
7.
Key Points
8.
Self-Assessment Questions
 
Upon chapter completion, participants will be able to:
 
1.
Recall the typical pattern and timing of tooth eruption.
 
2.
Describe instances in which a practitioner should be concerned about eruption and refer for evaluation.
 
3.
List medical causes of premature and delayed tooth exfoliation.
 
4.
State at least 4 common etiologies of tooth discoloration.
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5.
Correctly identify symptoms associated with teeth and summarize proper teething management.
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6.
Outline common symptoms and causes of malocclusion.
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