Primary teeth are vital. Your child needs them to speak. Your son or daughter needs them to eat.
A healthy smile improves self-esteem for everyone—young and old.
Plus, those little teeth preserve space for the permanent teeth to come in and take their place.
When young children lose their baby teeth a long time before their permanent teeth erupt, it can affect tooth spacing.
Artificial Space Maintainers Keep Teeth From Shifting
Your dentist may recommend an artificial space maintainer to keep the remaining baby teeth in place. This ensures that there will be adequate space for the permanent teeth to appear.
Your dentist will remove the artificial space maintainer when it is no longer necessary.
Distinctive gap-toothed smiles are a trademark for pre-teens. Most children start losing their baby teeth around 6 years old.
What is the Right Time For Baby Teeth To Fall Out?
If your child’s baby teeth starting falling out before they are 4 1/2, schedule an exam at Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. It’s critical for Dr. Kevin Bass and to examine your child and take X-rays. It’s also critical to check for any related medical issues.
If your son or daughter hasn’t lost a tooth by 7 or 8 years old, it may also indicate a problem. Hopefully, you are already maintaining a twice-yearly dental visit schedule for your youngster. If not, we recommend that you start. Your child’s current and future health is at risk.
Regular dental exams allow your dentist to monitor your youngster’s oral development. There’s a lot going on (seen and unseen) in little mouths!
Ask your dentist about an eruption chart. (As in tooth eruption, not volcano eruption.) An eruption chart shows when you can expect children’s teeth to come in and out.
Regardless of their history of dental visits, make sure you see a pediatric dentist if your son or daughter’s tooth development schedule is unusual.
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