Visit Our Pediatric Dental Office to See if Your Child’s Teeth are Developing Correctly

Bring your child to our pediatric dental office if you are concerned that their teeth are not developing as they should. We have found that many parents have this concern. It is normal to wonder if a child is getting their teeth soon enough, losing them as they are supposed to and then getting their permanent adult teeth on schedule.

There is a lot happening when it comes to the development of a child's permanent set of adult teeth so it is important to visit the dentist to make sure that everything is working and developing as it should. Fortunately, with a quick examination and x-rays, we can provide any of the answers that you are looking for.

A child is born with all of their teeth

An interesting fact that most parents do not realize is that a child is actually born with all of their teeth in place. You just can't see them because they are hidden underneath the gum. This means that the body does not have to produce teeth or require anything additional for them to form. It is simply a matter of time. When the body is ready, the teeth begin to descend. It is that simple.

There can still be challenges along the way

Even though a baby is born with all of their teeth, that does not mean that they will grow in like they should. This happens naturally with most people but sometimes there is a challenge. In this case, it is a good idea to visit a pediatric dental office for help, to help a child through the teething process and assist with their teeth coming in correctly.

Preventative care is part of this process.

Once a child has their baby teeth, it is important for them to continue to visit our office for dental care so that we can prevent common problems like tooth decay or infections. This is important for their oral health and comfort but also for preventing unnecessary and early tooth loss.

If a child has a severe infection, for example, it may be necessary to remove one or several of their teeth. This can create a future problem with overcrowding. Essentially, baby teeth are supposed to hold the space for permanent adult teeth. This is why it is important for them to fall out when the body is ready and the new tooth is ready to descend. If they fall out too early there could be a prolonged period of time between when the teeth fall out and the new ones come in. During that time, the surrounding teeth may move and encroach upon that open space. Then, when the adult teeth are ready to descend there may be no room for them. This can lead to overcrowding and misaligned teeth. Preventative care can reduce the likelihood of this becoming an issue.

Determining if orthodontics are necessary

When evaluating a child's teeth to see if they are coming in correctly, we may observe that a child needs orthodontics. Wearing braces, for example, can help to straighten misaligned teeth and move them into the correct position. Typically, a child will not be ready to wear braces until they are 10 to 12 years of age. However, an early orthodontic evaluation may be completed as young as seven. During that time, an orthodontist may recommend some early intervention steps that can reduce the likelihood of a child needing to wear braces or needing to wear them very long.

Schedule an appointment

We would be happy to examine your child's teeth and make a determination if they are growing in properly. We would also be happy to answer any questions that you may have. To learn more, call and schedule an appointment with our pediatric dental office today.

 

Recent Posts

Common Pediatric Dentistry Corrective Treatments

Your child needs pediatric dentistry services. Caring for their mouth, teeth and gums is critical at a young age. You work hard to keep cavities, plaque, tartar and other issues at bay. If you place a significant emphasis on your health, you should do the same for your young family members. If your child needs…

How Does Children's Dental Care Differ From Adult Dental Care?

Looking for more information on children’s dental care? Good idea. This information is especially beneficial for new parents, as they need to fully understand the dental care requirements recommended by dental professionals. There are dental guidelines in place that listWanting more insight on children’s dental care? When children are sitting in a dental chair, there…

Ask A Pediatric Dentist: Are Pacificiers Bad For My Child's Teeth?

From the first appointment, a Pediatric Dentist keeps in mind a pacifier or thumb sucking habit and watches the way your child's teeth and jaw develop. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, sucking generally only becomes a problem if it continues after the age of 3. It is normal for children to suck on…

How Often Should A Child See A Pediatric Dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), parents should book dental appointments with a pediatric dentist for their children at least twice yearly, starting about six months, following the eruption of the first tooth. These two yearly dental appointments enable the pediatric dentist to watch the teeth development closely, examine any change in the…


Recent Posts

Common Pediatric Dentistry Corrective Treatments

Common Pediatric Dentistry Corrective Treatments

Your child needs pediatric dentistry services. Caring for their mouth, teeth and gums is critical at a young age. You work hard to keep cavities, plaque, tartar and other issues at bay. If you place a significant emphasis on your health, you should do the same for your young family members. If your child needs…

My Kid Had A Tooth Knocked Out: Care Tips For Parents From A Pediatric Dentist

My Kid Had A Tooth Knocked Out: Care Tips For Parents From A Pediatric Dentist

If your child’s tooth is knocked out, a pediatric dentist can help you choose the right plan of action to minimize long-lasting effects on your child’s smile and dental health. Regardless of whether they unexpectedly lose a baby tooth or a permanent tooth, it is important to visit a dentist as soon as possible. The…