5 Things You Should Monitor As Your Child’s Permanent Teeth Come In

5 Things You Should Monitor As Your Child’s Permanent Teeth Come In

When your child reaches the age of six or seven, their adult teeth begin emerging, which means one thing: You have to determine the going rate for the tooth fairy!

Once you figure out this important information, you should also keep an eye on those adult teeth as they emerge, so you can head off any problems before they develop into serious issues.

Here are five things you should monitor as your child’s permanent teeth come in, courtesy of Howard Spector, DDS, and his expert team at Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago.

1. Nonemerging teeth

A child’s permanent teeth usually emerge in a particular order: the first molars or central incisors, followed by the lateral incisors, canine teeth, two sets of premolars, and the final set of molars. 

If a tooth doesn’t emerge when you expect it to, the most common reason is lack of space. This can occur if another tooth erupts slightly out of place, or the jaw is too narrow to accommodate the tooth in that spot.

Or, there could be blockage, such as a primary tooth that won’t fall out or a cyst. Your dentist should be able to determine the issue with a simple X-ray and then decide on the best treatment.

2. Nutrition

Your child’s nutrition can affect the development of their permanent teeth. They need a lot of calcium for their teeth to develop properly, and a balanced diet can help their teeth come in at the appropriate time.

If they eat too many sugary foods, their teeth may develop later. Make sure your kids have a healthy diet to have the best chance at healthy teeth.

3. Extra teeth

Extra teeth, also called supernumerary teeth, can form anywhere in the arch. They can delay, block, or displace permanent teeth from emerging properly.

Your child will need an X-ray to confirm the presence of such teeth, and then oral surgery may be necessary to remove the extra teeth so the permanent teeth can come in correctly.

4. Dental hygiene

Taking care of baby teeth is important to prevent decay, but oral hygiene takes on added importance as your child’s permanent teeth come in. Help your children learn to brush and floss correctly, so their teeth can remain healthy and avoid disease and decay.

5. Crowding and crookedness

If your child’s baby teeth decay or come out early because of an accident, their permanent teeth can come in earlier than expected, which can lead to crowding. In other cases, their permanent teeth may emerge facing the wrong direction. In these cases, braces will likely be needed to straighten the teeth and provide the proper spacing.

If your child is dealing with some of these issues, they may be a good candidate for early orthodontic treatment. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends visiting an orthodontist by no later than age 7 to look for any potential problems.

To get the best orthodontic care for your child, call 312-726-9528 to book an appointment with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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