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Is Your Child Losing Baby Teeth Late? Permanent Teeth Eruption Problems & Solutions

Smile Reef

Do you have a child that hasn’t lost any baby teeth yet? If so you may be wonder if you should be concerned. Most children will begin to lose their baby teeth around six years of age but can start as early as five and as late as seven. However, there are some complications that can occur in a child that loses their teeth late. Smile Reef would like to share some development issues with those who lose their teeth late, what signs to watch for, and why or when you should seek out professional help.

When Do Permanent Teeth Come In?

All parents should be concerned for their child’s oral health. Kids will begin to lose their baby teeth as early as five and as late as seven, which is normal and you needn’t be concerned. However, if by age eight and the child have never lost any baby teeth, there could be a problem. It is recommended if the child hasn’t lost any baby teeth by the age of seven, you begin seeking help from an orthodontist and begin monitoring your child’s oral development. By the age of eight most kids should have lost up to eight teeth: the front four on top and bottom. However, when the teeth or jaw bone isn’t developing correctly, it can cause delays. With proper development by ten years of age the rest of the baby teeth will begin to fall out, and by age 12, the second molars will start to come in. By sixteen the wisdom teeth are usually due to begin coming out which is why it is important to begin monitoring their development. Wisdom teeth are usually removed before the roots are fully developed.

Permanent Teeth Eruption Problems

When baby teeth fall out late it can be due to a number of problems. One is crowding. The permanent teeth need enough room to come down. Sometimes the permanent teeth can’t push out because of the overlaying baby teeth. Sometimes, rarely, the permanent teeth never develop at all and there aren’t any teeth to push the baby teeth out. In most cases it may only be one of the permanent teeth that never developed. Improper development of permanent teeth can block other teeth, preventing proper eruption of the other teeth which can cause delays.

Dental X Ray Procedure

Often to detect problems associated with delays when losing baby teeth, it requires x-rays to be taken. The x-rays can show if the teeth are dropping correctly or if there are problems with crowding, missing permanent teeth, or improper development such as crooked teeth. If your child is seven years of age and still hasn’t lost any baby teeth yet it is strongly recommended to begin monitoring your child’s teeth. Consider having your child’s oral development monitored by an orthodontist. There are a number of ways where teeth can be corrected during development to help ensure your child’s oral health. Improper development has many consequences such as problems chewing food, tooth pain, and too early tooth decay.

Pediatric Dentistry

If you have a child that hasn’t lost any baby teeth and they are between the ages of six and seven years of age, consider seeking professional help. Smile Reef can help monitor your child’s oral development and help provide your child with the care they need. Contact Smile Reef and make an appointment today.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay in Las Vegas, NV; Causes, Prevention, Treatment Options & More

Smile Reef

One of the most widespread diseases among children today is tooth decay. Many people do not consider tooth decay when they are thinking about diseases but it is indeed a disease. Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma, four times more common than childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than childhood diabetes. The good news about tooth decay is that it is almost entirely preventable! Today here at Smile Reef we want to give you some information about tooth decay and how to prevent it.

What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

One large source of tooth decay in children comes from the baby bottle. Baby bottles are used to feed infants who cannot eat solid food yet. They are a fabulous tool for parents to be able to use with their babies. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when the sugar from milk, formula, or fruit juice cling to an infant’s teeth for long periods of time. Bacteria in the mouth will thrive on this sugar and turn it into acids that will attack the child’s teeth. Another frequent cause of baby bottle tooth decay is when parents or caregivers lay a baby down to sleep at nighttime or naptime with a bottle that has anything except water in it. It is extremely common for parents to lay their sweet baby down for a nap with a bottle of milk. As the baby gets older many times the bottle of milk will turn into a sippy cup of juice. As the baby is sleeping the sugar from the milk or juice sits on their teeth and decay starts to form. You should not send your baby or toddler to bed with a bottle or sippy cup full of anything but water.

How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Both pacifiers and bottles can increase the risk of baby bottle tooth decay. Many people dip pacifiers into sugar or syrup to help calm their baby down. This sugar sits in the babies’ mouth and eventually causes decay. Sugar and syrup should not be used on pacifiers. In addition to monitoring the type of liquids that you are giving your baby and toddler you also need to start cleaning their gums after each feeding. You can simply wipe their gums with a clean wash cloth that has been dampened with cool water. Once your child starts to develop teeth you will want to start brushing their teeth and gums. You will want to use a children’s toothbrush that has nice soft bristles. You only need a very small amount of toothpaste. You can also help prevent bottle tooth decay by limiting sugary drinks and foods for your baby and toddler. Repeated or prolonged exposure to sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay. You will want to feed your child a healthy diet with low sugar to help keep their teeth nice and clean.

Pediatric Dentistry

Introducing your child to the dentist at an early age is also an excellent idea. Smile Reef encourages parents to bring their children in to the dentist when their first tooth comes in. Then you should continue checkups and cleaning every six months just like you do for yourself. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!