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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

NO SIDE TEETH

08/16/2011

Question:

MY SON IS 6 YEARS ALL OF HIS BABYHAVE FALLEN OUT I HOPE AND SOME OF IS PERMANANT TEETH HAVE COME IN ALL EXCEPT THE ONES ON EACH SIDE OF HIS TWO FRONT TEETH. IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE HE`S BEEN TO THE DENTIST OR DO I NEED TO GIVE IT A LITTLE MORE TIME TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

Answer:

Thank you for your question. It takes several years before all of the primary (baby) teeth are replaced by permanent teeth. The process begins around age 6 and finishes around age 12. This is a good time to have your son examined by a dentist to have his teeth cleaned and to have your specific questions answered.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University