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Jaws

by on Aug.25, 2016, under Health, Kids, Nature

Losing your baby teeth is a normal part of growing up. missing_teeth It typically happens between 5-7 years of age, to make room for the incoming adult teeth. missing_teeth2 The permanent tooth buds are located above and below the baby teeth, and they push against the roots of the baby teeth causing them to fall out. This process also helps to guide the permanent teeth into the proper position. kids-developing-jaws-teeth It would look a little scary if we could see inside our skulls during the development of our permanent teeth. juv_skull_teeth But nature doesn't always go according to expectations. zak_jaws1 Zak Brown, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is known to his friends as "Jaws." bruce-shark He's a sweet kid, and loves soccer like his peers, but while his brother and sister cashed in from the Tooth Fairy, Zak's permanent teeth began to emerge behind his baby teeth. zak_jaws2 The condition is known as pediatric shark teeth, and can affect as many as one in 10 children although few cases are as striking as Zak's. zak_jaws4 It doesn't hurt, and he has no trouble eating, although it has started to affect his speech, and he has to take extra care to maintain both sets of teeth. He finally lost a tooth, but will need orthodontic care to remove the rest. He will most likely need braces correct his bite. zak_jaws3 For now, he has to wait until he moves up on the waiting list to see the orthodontist. shark_790
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