Children love to smile! Baby teeth are usually bright white because of the way they are designed. If your child has a beautiful smile – everyone notices! But why is it that some children have large spaces between their teeth? After all, most of us want teeth that are placed perfectly side by side, right?
Widely spaced baby teeth are actually a very good thing! Even though it may not look “pretty,” the wide gaps are actually preserving space for your child’s adult teeth. You don’t want them to be tight together.
As you know, adult teeth are much larger than baby teeth. They are usually about two to three times the size. That means they need more room in the mouth to erupt.
Baby teeth act as placeholders and guides for your child’s underlying adult teeth. Each permanent tooth follows the baby tooth above it. As the baby tooth falls out, the adult tooth erupts in its place. Tooth by tooth, your child’s smile is transformed into the one that they will live with for the rest of his or her life.
Are you starting to see why gaps are essential? The wide spaces between baby teeth ensure that the adult teeth have enough space to erupt properly. If you envy children with teeth that are perfectly side by side – it’s time to change your opinion! Tightly spaced baby teeth mean that the adult teeth will likely appear crowded as they begin to erupt. Crowding means orthodontic concerns later.
If your son or daughter has gaps between their baby teeth, don’t worry – it’s actually a great thing that they do.
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