17 May The risks of losing your child’s baby teeth at an early age
Continuing with these informative commentaries, it still strikes us the increasing number of children presenting more carious lesions, or having lost baby teeth at an early age; a situation that cannot be quite explained by the parents. Likewise, we observe a larger number of adolescents with complex problems of malocclusion (crooked teeth) that might have been prevented or at least improved at an earlier age. In addition to that, it is beyond doubt that gum disease is affecting younger generations.
Baby teeth (20 in all) not only have the same functions as the permanent teeth, but they also have the important function of preserving the space for the permanent teeth. All baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth in different growth stages ranging from about 6-7 years to around age 13-14.
Behind the last baby molar (we have 2 baby molars in each of the 4 quadrants), the first permanent molar will make its appearance.
In this paper the subject of most relevance is this first permanent molar that erupts around the age of 6.
If the baby second molar is lost at an early age (the earlier it is lost, the situation becomes more complex), this will induce the first permanent molar to drift forward and cause some problems, the main problem is the space closure.
If the baby second molar is lost early in life, it is imperative to place some sort of appliance to prevent these side effects and complications. In other words, the child will have to use some appliance until he/she is 11-13 years old and that space is occupied by the respective tooth.
We can see the importance of preserving this baby second molar tooth.
It is worth mentioning the early loss of this baby molar can also produce unfavourable inclinations, asymmetries crossbites, amongst other complications.
Additionally, we should consider the trauma to the child and the financial burden.
It is therefore necessary that parents ask not only for the necessary treatment but also about the possible consequences if a baby tooth is removed particularly the second molar tooth. In the near future we will comment on the other topics mentioned above.
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