In the life of every parent, the spotlight is often on the deciduous or the milk teeth. When it comes to growing this type of teeth and then losing them, there is a very strict timeline which has to be followed.

Under normal situations, the first baby tooth will start to erupt during your baby’s sixth month of life. By the time that your child reaches the age of 6, it’s typical for your child to have all of his or her milk teeth. These deciduous teeth will begin to fall off one by one when a child is aged five or six. Ultimately, all of the 20 baby teeth will have fallen out once a child reaches the age of 12. Of the 20 deciduous teeth, there are 8 incisors which are found on the front of the mouth (four incisors per set of teeth), 4 cuspids or canine teeth, and 8 molars.

But given that timeline, there could be problems along the way such as the baby tooth erupting too soon, not erupting at all, falling out too soon and failing to fall off. Here are some of the dental conditions which you should be wary of:

Missing permanent teeth.

The reason for why this could happen could be because no permanent tooth developed underneath the gums. Since there is no tooth which will erupt, the milk tooth will never fall off because there is nothing which will replace it to begin with. While a tooth deficiency usually involves just one location, it’s possible for the deficiency to affect more than two locations as well.

Having extra teeth.

Extra or supernumery teeth can keep adjacent teeth from erupting because they block the sites wherein the other teeth originally should occupy. Because of this, it’s possible that your child may not be able to lose his or her baby teeth within the normal timeline because of the blocking tooth. To solve this problem, your dentist may have to remove te extra tooth and then use orthodontic braces in order to guide the teeth to their proper places.

Crowding of teeth.

Another reason for why the permanent teeth do not exfoliate when they are expected to is because the teeth have crowded inside the patient’s mouth and there is no more space for the tooth to erupt of. And if the permanent teeth find their way out of the gums, they’re no longer in their proper positions and the child will suffer from improper alignment of teeth or malocclusions.

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