We come across many children in which retained milk teeth lead to “crooked teeth” because they don’t allow the normal eruption of permanent teeth.
This underlines the importance of regular periodic dental check-ups during which any such aberrations can be detected and immediate intervention can be done.
In this picture also we can see this photograph of a boy 10-11 years old in which the retained roots of “milk teeth” (deciduous teeth) are seen which are not allowing the normal eruption of permanent teeth. The remedy in such a case is immediate removal of retained roots which allows the permanent teeth to take their place gradually.
However, there is utter lack of awareness amongst parents about such intervention. And after some time when “crooked teeth” arrangement has established itself, then the only option left is the orthodontic treatment which is quite expensive and can be best delivered by qualified orthodontists.
However, I can say from my experience that most of people in India can ill-afford such an expensive treatment and don’t go in for correction as a result of which the individual bears the brunt of irregular teeth throughout their life.
I think it is quite a big lesson for the parents of small children at least to take their kids to a qualified dentist for regular, periodic check-ups.