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Can you visualize the flap of skin between her lip and her front teeth?
yes i can
This is called the frenum
does it appear tight?
if this is tight, then she may have an issue with her frenum putting pressure on the gum tissue surrounding her front teeth
This is not uncommon, and many children will need this frenum clipped, called a frenectomy
it is repositioning the frenum lower on her inner lip to relieve pressure on her gums
this also helps with her teeth eruption
it could be a little tight...its very difficult to get her to open her mouth when you need her to
i think i've heard of that before somewhere
Martin, let me take a bit of time and write you some more info, but in the Q & A format
I will enter this in a minute, is that OK?
we just manage to get a good look and it doesn't appear too tight at all
do you have any other info for me before I do this?
yes that's fine
nothing that we can think of.... other than she was sick the night before last and then said her teeth hurt....but she stopped complaining about them
how long has this been going on?
she tends to suck all four fingers if she can get away with it
no bleeding and no discolouration
how long has the pain been there?
sucking her finger/s for about four months but tends to be only when she is tired and hasn't got a dummy....which she only has at bed time
the pain started the night before last after she had been sick
OK, Let me write you a detailed response in a bit. Thank you.
but no complaints yesterday
not sure about today because she was at nursery but they didn't mention anything about her complaining
thank you very much