Separated teeth in children

Many parents are concerned when they see that their child has separated baby teeth, and they are concerned that this means that the permanent teeth will also be separated, or that he requires some type of treatment.

Baby teeth are very small compared to permanent teeth. The bone they are on is also very small and the only way they will fit all is for them to be narrow compared to their substitutes. And in addition to being small, there must be space between them. The permanent teeth need the space occupied by the baby teeth plus the interdental space.

That the upper central incisors (the 'blades') are separated does not necessarily have to do with the labial frenulum. This separation usually closes with the eruption of the definitive canines, at puberty, with which there is plenty of time not to worry.

However the that all teeth are together in the primary dentition It can cause several types of complications:

1. Interdental cavities: The fact that the teeth are separated is an 'anticaries insurance'; Saliva passes through this space and it is difficult for packaged food remains to remain and lead to cavities. However, when the teeth are together, it is common to find remains of food between them. And we do not usually realize that in these cases the use of dental floss is essential, as in adults. Using dental floss in children is very easy if we do it with applicators, which are small Y-shaped accessories with a piece of thread between the tails of the Y. In children 3 years and older, the most frequent cavities are the interdental cavities between the lower molars, and this is the best measure to prevent them, together with proper brushing and low sugar intake.

2. Malpositions in the permanent dentition: When the milk teeth are together, where will the definitive ones be placed? They will not have room, because they take up much more space. So they have no choice but to come out misaligned, crowded together. Unless the bone is acted upon to stimulate its growth, this crowding in adulthood in turn greatly increases the risk of interdental cavities and gum problems, in addition to that if there are bad positions in a group of teeth, in the arch contrary there will also be them to adapt to the arch with crowding.

The best way to prevent these problems, and to favor the existence of these spaces, is maintain breastfeeding for at least two years, and introduce solid foods coinciding with the eruption of the first milk molar. When the mouth is used for what it is, to chew, the structure of the bone and the disposition of the teeth are more likely to be ideal.

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