10 Oct Teething and Down Syndrome.
Yesterday Ariel got her first tooth popping through. BIG YAY for us as babies with Down Syndrome typically get their teeth later. In most cases around 14 months and in some case 24 months or more. Ariel is 8 months so it was definitely a big deal for me! In babies with Down syndrome the teeth may also erupt in unusual order. It is also common for teeth to be smaller and there maybe some missing altogether. The roots are typically smaller. The upper jar is smaller which may cause some crowding and impacted teeth which may cause problems with the bite in permanent teeth.
There seems to be a lot of dental issues in people with Down Syndrome which do make me worry a bit so I got online to do a bit of my own research and I have found this excellent article written by a dentist who has a child with Down Syndrome. I definitely recommend this article to any parent of a child with Down Syndrome.
I used to work for a dentist so I understand why strong healthy teeth are very important. We plan to do everything we can to correct any dental issues. Once she is 2 years old we will go about finding a dentist that Ariel will be comfortable with and make sure she visits regularly and I supervise good home care. Hopefully we see another toothy peg soon 🙂