Make Way for the Tooth Fairy

Developmental milestones include your baby’s first steps, first words and, before you know it, at around age five or six, the loss of that first baby tooth. It may take a few months from the time you first notice a loose tooth until it actually falls – or gets wiggled – out. But losing a baby or “primary” tooth normally means the permanent tooth is eagerly waiting to emerge. Your child is beginning the path toward adulthood, and we at Williamsburg hope, a lifetime of good dental hygiene.

tooth fairyIs there a particular loss pattern?
Many children will lose their baby or “milk” teeth the same way they initially came through – the first two, bottom middle teeth first followed by the top two teeth, then the sharper canines and back molars. Double rows of teeth, referred to as “shark teeth,” aren’t usually a problem – the permanent teeth will naturally push out the baby teeth. By age 11 to 13, all baby teeth will normally have fallen out.

Do I have to monitor my child’s baby teeth?
Absolutely.  Baby teeth are necessary for chewing and speaking. They also serve as place holders for future permanent teeth. Premature loss of a baby tooth from an accident, for instance, can create orthodontic troubles when the neighboring teeth try to fill in the gap, causing irregular tooth development.

Do we need to treat cavities in baby teeth?
It’s usually a good idea. Left untreated, cavities in baby teeth can cause bad breath or worse, infection. A primary tooth infection can lead to damage of the permanent tooth beneath. Baby teeth should, overall, be cared for like adult teeth – with regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups.

What if my child’s permanent tooth comes through with ridges on the top?
That uneven appearance is due to a lack of biting – once your child uses the tooth it will wear down to a more even appearance.

How much money should the tooth fairy bring?
Now that’s a question even Williamsburg Dental can’t – or at least won’t – answer!