Friday, July 17, 2009

Mixed Dentition

Dear Readers,
This period begins with the eruption of the first permanent tooth. This is when the child is about six years of age and of course may be earlier or later than that age.
It ends when the last primary tooth falls, usually when the child is about eleven or twelve years old and may be earlier or later than this age (depending on genetic and other reasons).
"MIXED" means that the child's mouth has both primary and permanent teeth. Children say they have a mouth full of teeth, especially if permanent teeth emerge while the primary teeth still exist in the mouth.
Permanent teeth are bigger than baby teeth. 

I would like to pay attention to something important here.

Have you noticed that children usually have spaces between their primary teeth? Many parents ask me why?

These spaces allow larger permanent teeth that come after the milk ones to take their place in the dental arch. Of course, the jaws begin to grow at the same time. My experience has shown me that when these spaces are small or missing the child has an orthodontic problem at a later stage. And that's logical.
Sometimes the space for the eruption of the new permanent tooth is not enough, because it is larger in shape than the primary one.
It is very important for the child to see the dentist frequently because there are many complications that can occur at this stage which are associated with the oral cavity and can affect the general health. It is also very important for him to create habits for excellent oral hygiene.
You can see my post- Why Perfect Oral Hygiene is so Important
The dentist will give professional advice or apply professional treatment to avoid further complications. If necessary, the dentist will recommend that you consult an orthodontist.
Truly yours,
Dr. Trenkova

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