Shark teeth happen to a lot of children. It is when your child has a baby tooth that has not come out despite a permanent tooth coming in behind it. This gives your child the appearance of rows of teeth, much like a shark.
While this is common, it isn't always a great situation to be in. The area where the two teeth are touching is hard to get clean, plus it is often uncomfortable for your child. So, when is normal something you need to begin worrying about?
Signs Your Child Needs Help with Their Shark Teeth
If the baby tooth is showing no signs of coming out on its own, you may need to call in your child's dentist. A wiggly tooth may be able to be coaxed out by your child.
However, one that is still in place might need a bit of help coming out. Sometimes the dentist can get the wiggle process started, while others will tell you an extraction is necessary.
If a shark tooth is left in place too long, the adult tooth is likely going to begin to shift. This is a sign that you definitely need to see the dentist. You want that tooth to stay in place so that it fits into your child's mouth properly, not to shift into another area. That could hurt, be difficult to move back, and alter your child's bite.
Shark teeth normally correct themselves on their own. In the rare instance that they need help, your child's dentist can help. They can either wiggle the tooth to get the removal process going, or they can pull the tooth out so that the adult tooth can come in properly. If you aren't sure, call them and find out what they recommend. Each office is slightly different!
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