Why does my child have “SHARK TEETH”?
“Why does my child have shark teeth??” is a question that we hear frequently from parents. Parents will often notice that their children have two rows of teeth as their permanent teeth are coming in to the mouth.
Children may have double rows of teeth for a number of reasons:
The permanent teeth are coming in in front or behind the baby teeth and the baby teeth have not yet fallen out. The baby teeth may be on their way out, and this can be a normal period of transition.
There is a lot of crowding for the adult teeth so they end up coming in behind the baby teeth. They may come in so far in front or behind the baby teeth that the baby teeth do not become loose and need to be removed by a dentist.
The adult teeth have come in a good position, but the baby teeth are stubborn and do not want to fall out. In this case, the baby tooth may also need to be removed by a dentist.
If your child has 2 rows of teeth this may be normal, or it may need to be addressed by a dental professional. As a general guideline, if the double row of teeth lasts for 6 months, it may be time for a visit to the dentist or orthodontist and an impending visit from the tooth fairy!