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Baby Teeth Not Falling Out? What To Do!

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Hi everybody, it’s Dr. Jen. Today I wanted to talk about one of the most common things we get asked about in little kids (usually aged 5-8), when their brand new grown-up teeth are coming in.

You may have heard kids describe their teeth as being shark teeth.  That often happens when we end up with two rows of teeth. It is very common. We’re talking about teeth coming in behind other teeth, or teeth coming in when baby teeth haven’t fallen out.

It is the most common to happen down on the bottom front teeth where we have 4 little baby teeth that are all the same size. The adult teeth are bigger and come in behind the baby teeth.

This happens for all sorts of reasons and everything is just fine. As long as these teeth get wiggly, the tongue will push those teeth forward as soon as the baby ones have fallen out.

The only time that we have the dentist intervene and help is if these teeth don’t get wiggly at all or it seems like these teeth are making the adult teeth go into a worse position. Most often, pressure from the tongue will push these teeth forward and then baby teeth get wiggly and fall out.

It’s okay to be like a shark and have two rows of teeth for a little while. It can happen on the top as well. The two front teeth usually come in okay, but often the grown-up teeth that are beside that will come in behind as well. Especially if the mouth is a little bit crowded. 

So, don’t worry if you have two rows like this, it does not mean that the dentist has to go in there and rip those teeth out right away. That is not critical, it does not have to happen.

Sometimes we keep an eye on these things to see what happens. But this on its own is not a concern and is incredibly

normal. So parents, you can relax, you don’t have to stress about this situation if that’s the case with your little one and you are unsure.

You should go to our website ( Click on the button that says custom quote. It’s just a place to submit photos to Dr. Dena and myself and we can tell you if it’s important for you to come see an Orthodontist or to go see your dentist or if you just need to give it a little bit of time and to let those baby teeth fall out on their own.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dr. Jen

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