At What Age Do You Worry About Crooked Baby Teeth?
Posted on 1/20/2019 by Laura Epifano
When your baby start getting new teeth, it's time to get to work on their oral hygiene by brushing each new tooth and cleaning their gums, but at what age do you worry about crooked baby teeth?
When Baby's New Teeth Are Crooked
It's exciting when your baby starts getting their teeth, but the process can be painful. When the new teeth are done coming in, you may start noticing that they are not straight, and this is perfectly normal. Depending on the size of your baby's mouth, crooked teeth can become a problem in the future, but it's not time to panic yet.
Should I Worry About Crooked Baby Teeth?
The short answer is no. The most important thing you can do for your baby is start them early with proper oral care. Once they are a little older you can start flossing, at least once a day, especially when their teeth are close together. If the baby has spaces between their teeth, this will make it easier to clean all around them and you won't need to start flossing yet. Gaps in baby teeth also gives the bigger permanent teeth more room to come in.
Will Crooked Baby Teeth Affect Permanent Teeth?
If there is crowding in the mouth – which is a genetic trait – there are increased chances the permanent teeth will also be crowded, and the child could be a good candidate for braces, but that will remain to be seen when they get a full oral examination, as the permanent teeth start to come in.
You should not be overly worried about fixing crooked baby teeth because they aren't permanent, but please don't hesitate to ask us if you want more information and start bringing your child for regular visits early on.