Even though they will eventually fall out anyway, it can still be heartbreaking when a child's perfect teeth get damaged.
And, as model mother-of-two Rachael Finch has discovered, deciding what to do about the injury is not always straight forward.
"TOOTH DEBACLE" Finch captioned an Instagram post which showed a picture of the adorable toddler son stretched out in his cot.
"So… Dom's front tooth which he chipped last year is now turning BLACK."
The former Miss Universe contestant said she's taken him to multiple dentists who have differing opinions.
TOOTH DEBACLE (swipe right for close up). 🦷 But first, a big boy bed on the cards after the corona storm settles... Dom officially climbing out of the cot whenever he wants & only napping every 2-3 days 🙈.. I think mainly because we haven’t been outside the house near as much as we usually would to wear him out. So.. Dom’s front tooth which he chipped last year is now turning BLACK. I’ve had 2 dentists say it needs to come out and another 2 say to leave it. Its also starting to flake away & smell! Some say removing it will make the other teeth grow inward and others say leaving it will halter the growth of the adult tooth. Holy moly I’m so unsure...!???
"I've had 2 dentists say it needs to come out and another 2 say to leave it." She explains.
Finch also included a photo of her son smiling, showing the blackened tooth.
"It's also starting to flake away and smell! Some say removing it will make the other teeth grow inward and others say leaving it will halter the growth of the adult tooth."
"Holy moly I'm so unsure...!???" she finishes the post.
Her followers were quick to respond, many saying they had been in the same situation with their own children.
Another pointed out it could be risking infection it it's starting to smell.
"The fact that it's starting to smell means there may be an infection starting" a concerned follower wrote.
"As to the adult tooth coming out, I wouldn't worry too much about the position. The adult tooth can always be repositioned through future treatment if necessary. I hope this helps!"
"I was a dental nurse for 20 years specifically with paediatric dentistry" another user wrote. "if it were my child, I would remove it- he could end up with an abscess which would be more of an ordeal for you and Dom!"
Most of the comments advised her to get the tooth removed, but some users couldn't help but comment on how adorable the three-year-old was.
"He looks exactly like Violet!" one user observed, comparing him to Finch's seven-year-old daughter.
"He's too cute' another agreed "he's growing up so fast!"