What Are Shark Teeth In Kids?

If there's one constant about being a parent is that things don't usually go as planned. Imagine that you are eagerly waiting for your child's baby teeth to start falling out. Just that, instead of their baby teeth coming out, you notice that their permanent teeth are growing behind their baby ones. Now, your child has two rows of teeth and looks like a small, adorable shark. 

Should you be worried? Keep reading to find out what to do if your child has shark teeth. 

What Are Shark Teeth? 

As the permanent teeth start erupting, they will slowly dissolve the root of the baby teeth. With a less supportive root, baby teeth become wiggly and eventually fall out, making room for the permanent teeth to come out properly. 

However, sometimes, the permanent teeth will grow at a slight angle and erupt behind the baby teeth instead of underneath them. 

Why Does This Happen? 

Doctors don't have an exact answer for why permanent teeth might grow at an angle. They've noticed that shark teeth are more likely to occur when children are around the age of six (that's when the lower front permanent teeth start erupting) and again at around 12 years old when the permanent upper back molars usually erupt. 

Should You Worry? 

In most cases, shark teeth are nothing to worry about. More often than not, they will resolve on their own or with a bit of help. If the baby tooth is loose and your child is about 6 or 12 years old, then they are probably fine. 

However, it would be a good idea to contact your child's dentist if you notice any of these signs:

  • The baby tooth is not moving - If it's been a couple of months since the permanent tooth emerged and the baby one doesn't show any signs of movement, then it's best to get in touch with your dentist. 
  • Your child is in pain when they touch the baby tooth or when it's wiggling. 
  • The permanent teeth are erupting behind the molars. Their placement can lead to future misalignment issues, and it's best to be addressed in time rather than wait until your child's teeth are overcrowded. 

Are You Worried About Your Child's Shark Teeth? Schedule an Appointment in Katy or Cypress

You don't need to worry if your child has shark teeth. We will examine their oral health and make sure we find the best way to help their teeth grow and develop properly. 

That's because, at Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry, we have an entire team of amazing doctors specially trained to take care of your little one's dental problems. You can bring your child to us the moment their first tooth emerges, and we will teach you how to care for their pearly whites. We will also make sure that they grow up with great oral health. 

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