Babies are born with most of their teeth already under their gums. However, the time it takes for baby teeth to come out varies from one baby to another. In most cases, the first tooth erupts after around six months. The first teeth to appear are usually in the bottom middle, the four upper middle teeth. There are several causes of delayed teeth eruption in babies. These causes vary from structural problems to medical reasons.
Possible Causes of Delayed Tooth Eruption
There are many causes of delayed tooth eruption. For instance, it could be due to inherited family traits that cause eruption delays. If you or the other parent got your teeth later than usual, there are chances that your baby will experience the same. If your baby teeth took time to come out but there wasn’t any medical problem, then there is no need to panic about your baby’s delay. The baby will most likely develop their baby teeth without any oral problems.
It is important to note that there are several conditions that can cause delayed tooth eruption in babies. These conditions can also result in poorly formed teeth. When teeth take time to erupt and you are certain it isn’t due to hereditary problems, it could be due to malnutrition. When your baby’s body lacks sufficient supply of minerals or vitamins, it can delay the teeth eruption process. The condition can also be associated with hypoactive thyroid or Down’s syndrome. All these conditions need medical treatment.
Take Good Care of Your Baby’s Teeth
If you notice that your baby is late in the teething process, it is paramount to bring in for checks. We will examine them and find out whether they have an underlying condition delaying the teething process. This helps ensure their oral health is intact.