“Shark teeth” and what to do next
Last week, we discussed the causes of double rows of teeth in children. Each child’s situation may be slightly different, but if you notice double rows of developing teeth, commonly called “shark teeth,” here’s what to do:
- Wait: You can safely wait a few weeks before bringing your child in for an evaluation. Many cases of “shark teeth” will resolve within a 3-week time span.
- Clean thoroughly: One major consideration is the difficultly in cleaning between the baby teeth and emerging adult teeth. To prevent cavities and tooth staining, assist your child in brushing with both sets are in place.
- Wiggle: keep wiggling the baby teeth, assisting them in loosening.
- Extraction: if the baby teeth don’t fall out on their own, it may be best to have the baby teeth extracted. Permanent positioning of adult teeth can be negatively affected if the baby teeth are in place too long.
If you have a case of shark teeth in your family, feel free to call us and we’ll help explain the steps of adult tooth progression and what you can expect!