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Question:
My 5 year old daughter's 2 bottom front teeth are just a little loose, and she is very excited! But this evening she came to me saying something was stuck behind her teeth and when I looked to see what it was I found out that it is a tooth coming in behind her baby teeth! It is right behind her primary teeth.

I guess my question is....Is this ok? And is this going to ruin her beautiful smile? (she has the most perfect straight teeth right now!) Thank you so much for your help. ...Taysha

Answer:
Taysha, what is happening is totally normal and is called "lingual eruption." This is when the permanent teeth are erupting (coming in) behind the baby teeth. Once you take the baby teeth out, the permanent teeth will come in to the correct position. They will move right into place. So, do not panic and once those teeth are out, the permanent teeth will move.

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