If you have noticed that your child’s middle teeth aren’t growing in, you may be concerned and unsure of what’s going on. There are a number of reasons why this may be happening so it’s a good idea to take your child to the dentist to determine the reasoning behind this. Here are several of the things the dentist may discover:

Lack of Sufficient Space

The most common reason why your child’s middle teeth have not made their debut yet is lack of sufficient space. If this is the case, a dentist may have to remove their surrounding teeth our create braces so that enough space for their permanent teeth can be created.

Gender

Just like girls usually go through puberty before boys, they develop permanent teeth before boys do. In fact, research has proven that girls begin to lose their teeth up to 6 months before boys. It can be tempting to compare your child to other children but know that if your child is a boy, it will likely take them longer than a girl to get their permanent teeth.

Genetics

If your teeth came in later when you were a child, you can expect your son or daughter’s teeth to come in later as well. It is true that genetics plays a vital role in the permanent development of teeth.

Nutrition

Calcium is important for young children who are in the stages of growing permanent teeth. If your child doesn’t like milk, cheese, and other calcium fortified foods, their teeth may develop later. Try to promote a calcium-rich diet as much as possible to avoid this issue.

Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you are wondering why your child’s middle teeth have not grown in yet, we encourage you to call us at 703-348-2813 to schedule an appointment at our Ashburn, VA office. We look forward to meeting you and your child!