My child has two rows of teeth. Is this normal?

As your child gets older and ready to lose their baby teeth and develop their adult teeth, you may notice that they have two sets of teeth.

Moreover, although this may seem a concern, it occurs in almost 30 per cent of children we see.

Adult teeth usually erupt around the ages of five to six.

Baby teeth are crucial as they hold space for the permanent teeth that will eventually erupt.

Permanent teeth slowly tend to dissolve or resorb the roots of the baby teeth until ultimately the baby tooth is lost. The permanent tooth then appears in the space left by the primary tooth.

This condition mostly occurs in the lower front region of the mouth when the child is around six years old. During this age, permanent lower incisor teeth begin to erupt behind the primary teeth thereby causing two rows of teeth for a short period. When children are in the ages 10-11, upper back molar teeth begin to appear and may do so behind the existing primary teeth causing two rows of teeth until the primary teeth finally fall out.

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