Do Your Kids Have Shark Teeth?

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Do Your Kids Have Shark Teeth?

Have your children ever had two rows of teeth? Did you start thinking that maybe they should be casted during Shark Week? Don’t worry. Shark teeth are completely normal and does not mean your child is morphing into a tiger shark.

Shark teeth

Shark teeth

What does it mean?

Children typically start losing teeth between the ages of 5 and 7. This process begins when permanent teeth start to erupt and resorb the primary(baby) tooth, causing the baby tooth to become loose. However, sometimes the primary tooth is still there when the permanent tooth erupts giving your child a second row of teeth.

What should we do?

If your child has two rows of teeth, first check the primary tooth to see if it is loose. If it is loose, encourage your child to wiggle and loosen it until it falls out. Sometimes the permanent tooth erupts and the primary tooth is not budging. If this is the case, call us to discuss the next step, your child may need to have the tooth extracted or given an extra wiggle by the dentist.

What happens if we do nothing?

If your child has two rows of teeth, the permanent teeth will start to deflect and move out of position, this could mean future orthodontic care.  

Teeth are interesting and can do a lot of crazy things that might look scary. If something looks concerning, or your child is complaining of discomfort, please call us anytime.

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