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Why Do Children’s Teeth Fall Out So Early?

There will come a time when your children’s teeth will fall out and be replaced with permanent teeth. The time around when baby’s teeth start to fall is almost the same as others. But some parents do worry when their baby’s teeth don’t fall out when they have expected.

In some cases, developmental issues of their baby’s teeth may require professional attention. Most of the time, however, everything is just fine.

Primary teeth serve many roles besides chewing. They are there to preserve a space for the permanent teeth. And when these permanent teeth are properly developed and ready to come in, they fall out.

What Will Happen if They Fall Out Early?

If the baby’s primary teeth come out too early, that space for permanent teeth can be lost. This will then cause crowding of permanent ones. Permanent teeth will be forced to come in early, as well. Most of the time, they come in crooked causing orthodontic condition.

There are several reasons your kids will lose their primary teeth early. The most common ones are decay and trauma, as well as crowding.

If you think that your child’s primary teeth are lost prematurely, you should consider talking to an orthodontist. At Sunny Smiles Dentistry for Children and Young Adults, we strive to provide our young patients to be comfortable when they get to visit us. In this condition, our resident orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth and find out if he/she needs a space maintainer.

Your child’s front bottom teeth are usually the ones to fall out first. If you think that they fall out too early but there are no signs of trauma or decay, there’s no reason for you to be concerned of. However, to make you feel at ease, you should make an appointment to see us to make sure that there’s no hidden problem.

What to Expect

When your kid’s primary teeth loosen, it means that the adult teeth are moving up in the jaw causing those teeth to fall out. These permanent teeth eat away the root of the baby teeth.

As mentioned, the two bottom teeth in the front are usually the first to go. The next will by the central incisors or the front teeth on top. This will be followed by the teeth on the side of the bottom jaw. The last that will fall out are usually the lateral incisors. They fall out when your kids turn seven or eight.

The rest of the baby’s teeth will fall out at age 10 or 12.

Is There a Genetic Component to This?

Some parents think that their children will follow when they’ve lost their temporary teeth. However, there are no studies that can support such assumption.

On the other hand, if your child hasn’t lost their baby teeth after the age of seven, you should consider getting dental x-rays or have them checked. Some extra teeth in the bone might be the reason their permanent teeth aren’t coming in.

Make a consultation today and find out why your kid’s teeth are falling out early.

Are baby teeth important?

While it may seem like they’re not important because they are going to eventually fall out and be replaced, your child’s primary teeth are as important to them as their adult teeth will be. Not only are they essential for your child’s ability to chew and speak properly, they also keep the space for your child’s permanent teeth.

Development of permanent teeth

As the permanent tooth develops, the root of the baby tooth will dissolve, and the baby tooth will fall out. The permanent tooth will erupt within the next few weeks. If a baby tooth is lost too early, your dentist must use a space maintainer to keep the space open for the permanent tooth to erupt. This small metal device keeps the remaining teeth from drifting into the space left when a tooth falls out.

If the other teeth drift into the space, there may not be enough room for the permanent tooth to erupt. If it erupts in the wrong place, it can force other permanent teeth out of place. They may become poorly aligned or overcrowded, making them difficult to clean, and putting your child at further risk for cavities and in need of extensive orthodontic treatment later.