Journal article

Eruption of the primary dentition in human infants: a prospective descriptive study.

SA Hulland, JO Lucas, MA Wake, KD Hesketh

Pediatric Dentistry | Published : 2000


PURPOSE: This study investigated the clinical process of the emergence phase of eruption of the primary dentition including length of time taken to erupt and the association between soft tissue changes and stages of eruption. METHODS: Twenty-one children aged 6-24 months at commencement of the study were recruited from three suburban daycare centers in Melbourne, Australia. Daily oral examinations of each child were conducted for seven months. RESULTS: One hundred twenty-eight teeth were observed during eruption. Swelling very infrequently accompanied tooth eruption and in all cases was mild. Forty-nine percent of observed teeth demonstrated gingival redness during the emergence stages of er..

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