Causes of delayed tooth eruption

Causes of delayed tooth eruption

Parents are looking forward to the first signs of a baby tooth eruption in children, as a sign that they are developing normally and are growing. So when your teeth do not appear, it is normal to wonder if something is wrong.

While for most children without teeth, this delay is not a cause for concern, there may be situations where this problem arises due to illness. This is when you should worry about delaying baby rash!

When do milk teeth usually appear?

Babies are born with most of the teeth already formed inside their gums, and they usually begin to erupt at the age of six months. The two front teeth appear first, followed by the four upper front teeth, then the two lower front teeth. The rest gradually increase - one on each side of the jaw - and by the age of three, almost all children have a complete set of 20 primary teeth.

When is a delay considered abnormal?

If until the age of 18 the child does not have all the teeth, it is advisable to go for a check. From 4 to 15 months is the normal interval for the appearance of the first tooth, and the other teeth usually follow at a regular rate. Most children have four teeth when they reach the age of 11 months, eight teeth after 15 months, 12 teeth after 19 months, 16 teeth after 23 months and 20 teeth after 27 months. permanent teeth begin to appear around the age of six. Teeth that do not meet this normal pattern of eruption are not necessarily a cause for concern, but there are cases where there are certain problems.

What is the cause?

A number of things can be to blame when a baby's eruption is delayed. Sometimes late dental eruption is simply a family trait. The low birth weight of babies may also be delayed tooth eruption, and teeth may have enamel defects later.

Some rare genetic abnormalities cause the tooth to form late, as well as an orthodontic problem. Vitamin deficiency and nutritional rickets may also cause a delay, although these may be symptoms of Down syndrome or a similar developmental defect.

Is the delay in dental eruption harmful?

Offset dental eruption that is not caused by a problem can create a higher risk of dental problems later in life. In fact, a study of children who were genetically prone to late-onset rash found the chances of needing orthodontic treatment by age 30 was 35% higher. In addition, keep in mind that primary teeth play an important role in helping children eat better. When these teeth finally appear, they require regular cleaning with a toothpaste for infants and a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent early decay of cavities.

For most children without teeth, a delay is simply an opportunity for parents to enjoy their funny little smile. However, parents should arrange a visit to the dentist for children whose teeth appear later than normal - especially if they are concerned that delay may indicate a more serious problem.

*** Article written by Dr. Andra Custura, dentist.

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