Why Are My Kids’ Teeth Bumpy?

When you take at look at your children’s front teeth and then at your own, do you wonder why their permanent teeth display bumps, while yours have flat chewing edges? Before you become too concerned about your child’s dental health, first know that there is nothing unusual about this. It is a completely normal anatomical trait that displays the way your son or daughter’s teeth form. As for some specifics, we are happy to offer details.

About Those Bumps

You might refer to them as bumps, ridges, grooves, or some other term when you see the little humped tissue along your child’s incisor teeth. Whatever you call them, it’s important to recognize that they are there because of the way these teeth come about, not due to a dental health concern. These teeth do not begin as solid units. Instead, they form and fuse from three tissue lobes, which become a single tooth. The bumps (known as mamelons) are the evidence of this process.

What Will Happen

In most cases, those mamelons will go away on their own. As your child speaks, sings, chew, and more, top and bottom teeth will consistently come into contact with one another. The mamelon tissue is generally thin and will wear down into a flat appearance like Mom and Dad’s teeth. What if this never happens, you wonder? It’s not a problem (nor will it cause a dental health problem). It’s strictly esthetic. Dental contouring can quickly polish down the tissue if mamelons continue into teenage hood or adulthood. Or, if they remain and your child is happy with his or her smile, there’s no need to do a single thing.

Learn About Your Little One’s Teeth

If you have questions about anything regarding your child’s teeth and dental care, remember that we are always happy to offer help and information. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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