My Child Has Two Rows of Teeth

Should I Be Worried that My Child Has Two Rows of Teeth?

Your little one is growing up and he is going through many physical changes. That’s how the body naturally works; however, there are some changes that can look odd and can be quite worrisome.

One of the common “transformations” that you’ll see in your child is the eruption of permanent teeth – there’s nothing odd about this.

A child loses his milk teeth first (from ages five to seven years old, the teeth fall out in the same order they came in), and then after a while, the bigger permanent teeth emerge from the gums.

For other children, however, their body goes through the process a little differently. Instead of losing their milk teeth first, the permanent teeth come in early, creating two rows of teeth.

So, if you’re worried that your child’s mouth looks strange because he has two rows of teeth, don’t be. Some parents go to the dentist to report, “My child has two rows of teeth!” but all of them eventually learn that life takes care of the issue on its own. This dental situation is temporary – your child’s dentist will assure you that your kid is not part shark. As more of the permanent teeth emerge, the milk teeth will naturally get pushed out.

In some rare cases, however, wherein the permanent teeth just erupted in a different location and they’re not close enough to where the milk teeth are in order to properly push them out, dentists can easily take care of that. They’ll X-ray the child’s mouth to find abnormalities with the dental structure (there rarely are with such cases) and observe the situation further.

If they’re able to establish that the milk teeth can negatively impact the development of permanent teeth, they can extract those so that the permanent teeth can develop properly. But again, most of the time, that’s not necessary because the growth of the bigger-sized permanent teeth leaves no room for baby teeth to remain. The milk teeth will come loose, and if your child helps by wiggling them, they’ll come off eventually and then their mouth will look completely normal.

Shark teeth, as the dental issue is called, do not leave permanent effects, but if you’re concerned that your child might develop crooked permanent teeth, seek dental help as early as possible. The dentist may not need to remove the milk teeth right away, but a plan can be created to ensure the good health and growth of your child’s permanent teeth.

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