Primary teeth are important. Pediatric Dental Center is a leading pediatric dental practice serving the Greater Cincinnati area including Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Cincinnati.
A healthy smile improves self-confidence for everyone—young and old.
Plus, those little teeth maintain space for the permanent teeth to come in and take their place.
When children lose their baby teeth a long time before their permanent teeth erupt, it can impact tooth spacing.
Space Maintainers Keep Teeth From Shifting
Your dentist may recommend space maintainers to keep the remaining baby teeth in place. This ensures that there will be adequate space for the permanent teeth to come in.
Your dentist will remove the space maintainer when it is no longer necessary.
Distinctive gap-toothed smiles are a trademark for pre-teens. Most youngsters begin losing their baby teeth around age 6.
When Is It ‘Too Early’ Or ‘Too Late’ For Baby Teeth To Fall Out?
If your youngster’s baby teeth starting falling out before they are 4 1/2, let your dentist know at The Pediatric Dental Center. It’s essential for them to examine your child and take X-rays.
If your youngster 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 child.
Regular dental exams allow your dentist to monitor your child’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.) A primary teeth eruption chart will tell you when to expect the different teeth to be lost.
Regardless of their history of dental treatment, make sure you see a pediatric dentist if your son or daughter’s tooth development schedule is unusual.
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