When will my baby get his first tooth? It’s one of the biggest questions for new parents. They’re looking forward to those toothy, adorable grins and dreading those sleepless nights rocking them in. For most children, baby teeth erupt between 6 and 12 months. A slight delay is fine, but it may be time to see your dentist if your child has no teeth at 18 months.
Delayed tooth eruption usually isn’t a major cause for concern, but it never hurts to check. At Woodhill Dental Specialties, we can evaluate your child, determine if there are or will be any issues, and give you an idea of when you’ll be enjoying those adorable single-tooth smiles.
Delayed tooth eruption isn’t uncommon, but it also isn’t part of a child’s normal development. There are several reasons why your child’s teeth may be coming in later than usual.
So what happens if your child does experience delays in their tooth eruption? Some studies have shown that they may face an increased risk of tooth decay.
The best way to alleviate that risk is to make sure your child brushes and flosses regularly and that your child keeps up with their regular dental visits. Woodhill Dental Specialties can keep an eye on your child’s teeth and alert you to any potential problems.
Children with delayed tooth eruption often need orthodontic care later in childhood or as teenagers. However, nearly 80% of children need treatment with braces or clear aligners before adulthood, so the risk isn’t as severe as it may seem.
As your child gets older, they may have teeth that still haven’t erupted or erupted in the wrong location. In such cases, we can treat your child with braces or clear aligners to straighten their teeth. In the most extreme cases, we may recommend oral surgery.
Treatment will rely in large part on the cause of the delay. The best thing you can do is bring your child in for an evaluation. We will take all of your child’s information into account, including genetics, delay time, and other factors, and figure out if your child will need orthodontic treatment and when.
Whether your child is facing delayed tooth eruption, tooth decay, or other oral health issues, set up an appointment with Woodhill Dental Specialties, and let us take a look! We specialize in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, so your child can get the care needed all under one roof.
You can begin by making an appointment online or by giving us a call at our Dallas, TX, or Rockwall, TX, office. You can rest assured that we will treat your child like a member of the family and put them on the path to a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!