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Baby Teeth Coming in Crooked. Should I Worry?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Close up image of a baby girl with teethIt is adorable when your baby starts to get brand-new teeth, which will be a great photo opportunity. At the same time, parents have so much to worry about, and they have so many questions. Here are some of our answers to new baby teeth parent questions.

Why Are the Teeth Called Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth are actually a nickname for deciduous teeth, which are the teeth that start to come in around the time your baby reaches their first birthday. Some of those teeth may come in as early as six months, while other children do not begin to get teeth until around 18 months of age.

Children start their tooth loss and grow their permanent teeth in kindergarten or first grade. However, there are some children who begin to lose their teeth as late as second or third grade, which means they will not lose all of their baby teeth until middle school.

What If the Teeth Are Crooked?

Crooked teeth can be hereditary. If either parent has crooked teeth, there is a chance that the teeth of their children may be crooked as well. Crooked baby teeth are not rare, but they are a little unusual, especially if the teeth are very crooked. If the teeth are coming in crooked, and you have not brought them to see our dentist yet, it is time to make an appointment. That way, we can check the growth and development of their teeth and make recommendations for their dental health.

Baby teeth may also be crooked because your child sucks on a pacifier, their thumb, or their fist. Thumb sucking puts pressure on the teeth, which can leave them crooked. Thumb-sucking can also lead to changes in the mouth, such as an overbite or a crossbite. All of these can lead to damage that might require orthodontics later in life. If you are unsure why your baby might have crooked teeth, it is time to give us a call so that we can set up an appointment for you and your baby with one of our dentists.

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