Does It Matter If My Child Has Crooked Baby Teeth?
Usually, no! That’s sure to be a relief to most parents. The fact of the matter is that, in most cases, it doesn’t matter if your child’s teeth look a little bit crooked. We’ll discuss the reasons why they can look crooked in the next section of our blog, but in most cases, there’s no reason to worry about it.
That’s because your child’s mouth and jaw change dramatically throughout their early childhood. As they grow older, these changes will often alter the position of their baby teeth, and straighten them out over time.
And even if some of these baby teeth are crooked or crowded, this may not be an issue once your child’s adult teeth start to grow in, which begins with the front teeth and first set of molars around the age of 6.
So if your child has slightly crooked baby teeth, but they either don’t have adult teeth or their adult teeth look straight and healthy, you probably have nothing to worry about.
Still, it’s a good idea to come and see Dr. Alex at Kids Tooth Team regularly so that she can make sure your child’s mouth is healthy as they grow, and look out for any signs of oral development issues.
Why Do Kids Get Crooked Baby Teeth, Anyway?
There are a couple of things that usually contribute to crooked baby teeth. The biggest factors are heredity and genetics.
For example, small baby teeth may not be able to properly fill up the amount of available gum space, which could make them look crooked and misaligned. Or, a genetically small mouth and big teeth may combine to make your child’s smile look crooked.
Some oral health habits and actions can be a factor, too. For example, an unhealthy bite or prolonged use of a pacifier as your child ages can cause their baby teeth to be pushed out of position, which could cause future bite issues.
So while crooked baby teeth are not always an issue, they can indicate deeper problems in some cases. Make sure you discuss your child’s teeth alignment with their pediatric dentist to get their opinion on the situation.
Contact Kids Tooth Team & Get Your Child The Care They Need
Whether your child’s baby teeth seem to be crooked or they just need routine preventive care at our Buda office or South Austin office, Dr. Alex is here to help at Kids Tooth Team. Contact us online or just give us a call to schedule your little one’s appointment and protect their oral health and development.