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Childs Teeth Are Not Falling Out

Why are My Childs Teeth Not Falling Out

Though it is natural for parents to worry when their child’s baby teeth are not falling out as expected, more often than not, everything is still fine. The question of, “Why are my child’s teeth not falling out?” can be answered any number of ways. Sometimes there does exist developmental issues but the vast majority of the time, it is simply nature deciding to hold onto a child’s teeth a little while longer than normal.

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Child’s Permanent Teeth

To start with, baby teeth serve a wide range of purposes including to preserve space that will eventually be used for a child’s permanent teeth. If baby teeth come out too early, it can lead to crowding causing space to be lost when the permanent teeth begin to poke through. If the baby teeth come out too late, it can force the permanent ones to come in crooked creating a difficult teeth arrangement that may need to be treated by a pediatric dentist down the line.

Conditions That Can Prevent Baby Teeth From Falling Out

There are a number of conditions that can prevent baby teeth from falling out on schedule. For example, if the arrangement is crowded it may mean that the underlying teeth are not able to push out the overlying baby teeth. Also, if baby teeth do not have an underlying permanent replacement, they may be retained in the mouth indefinitely. No matter the issue, a simple x-ray will be able to tell a pediatric dentist what is the problem. Keep in mind that the normal schedule of losing baby teeth typically begins around six years of age though some may lose theirs as early as five or as late as seven. By age eight, an average child will have lost approximately eight baby teeth – four on top and four on bottom. A variation of a year in either direction is nothing to worry about. It is also perfectly normal for a child to lose several teeth in a row before not losing any for an extended period of time, even a couple of years.


Are Retained Baby Teeth Causing Any Problems?

Most parents come forward with questions as a child reaches the period between eight years of age and ten. At this stage, it is normal for a child to lose a few teeth or potentially none. If there is reason to worry, a pediatric dentist can be procured to provide an assessment of a child’s teeth. They will look to examine if the retained baby teeth are causing any problems for the permanent ones or if the 12-year molars have erupted already.

Benefits of Seeing a Pediatric Dentist

Therefore why your child’s baby teeth are not falling out could be due to any number of reasons. It is understandably difficult to diagnose. Though there is no reason to worry initially, if a child is experiencing pain, it does make sense to contact a pediatric dentist for further information. Monitoring the dental development of your child and counseling you as it pertains to treatments to remove baby teeth when or if necessary are two benefits of seeing a pediatric dentist. If you do have concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Chapnick Dental Office team.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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