The eruption of a baby’s first tooth is a special moment. Young children develop a total of 20 baby teeth and, in adulthood, 32 permanent teeth have taken their place. But why do you need two teeth?
1. Eruption sequence
The teeth usually explode in a specific order in a small child’s mouth that you can track on an eruption map like this from the American Dental Association (ADA). Most babies are born without teeth, but fully formed crowns are on their gums and ready to be formed. At 6 months of age, the first tooth popped out of the gum. The lower central incisors and the upper central incisors usually appear first, followed by the lateral incisors (the teeth just next to the upper and lower anterior ones), according to the ADA. The first molars usually appear next, and then the canines. The last teeth to erupt are the second molars. At the age of 3, most children have baby teeth.
2. What are the differences between primary and adult teeth?
Baby teeth are also called baby teeth, baby teeth and baby teeth. They are noticeably smaller and whiter than adult teeth. Compared to permanent teeth, the roots of the first dentition are shorter and thinner and may fall out. The whitest coloration of milk teeth is due to the fact that the enamel is thinner than the enamel of permanent teeth, which makes adult teeth more yellow. In addition, baby teeth do not have protrusions at the end of incisors called mamelons, which adult teeth usually have when they emerge.
3. What is the meaning of baby teeth?
Although you lose your baby teeth, their temporary presence has a lasting effect. The first dentition teaches children to speak correctly and to chew food. Another important function of primary teeth is to maintain the position to which permanent teeth move when they explode. According to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, losing a baby tooth before falling can cause problems with adult teeth. The loss of the main tooth means that the space available for adult teeth is reduced, resulting in overcrowding.
4. Caring for the teeth of babies and children
Babies and young children can’t take care of their teeth, so it’s up to the parents to help. The ADA advises parents to start taking care of their babies’ mouths before the first tooth appears, cleaning the gums with a clean, damp towel or a piece of gauze after each meal. Parents should brush babies’ first teeth with water and supervise children by brushing their teeth. Do not give pacifiers dipped in a sweet substance or let babies fall asleep while breastfeeding in a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or sweetened liquid.
A child’s first teeth are an opportunity to learn all about good oral hygiene habits. When your baby teeth are healthy, they also make way for healthy adult teeth. Teach your children to take care of their teeth and they will have the benefits for the rest of their lives.
B. Which Tooth Is Next? Using A Permanent Teeth Chart To Track Your Child’s New Teeth
At around six months to three years of age, you watched your child develop all of the main teeth. From the age of five or six, you can enjoy the process again, as your teeth will fall out and the permanent set will break. Although it took your child only a few years to obtain the baby teeth, it may take a decade or more for the permanent tooth to arrive. To help, you can use a permanent tooth map to track which adult teeth are coming out and when. When a child’s teeth start to grow, they can vary, but they usually break in the same order for everyone.
1. Use the chart
A permanent tooth chart can help you and your child keep track of their progress while having a little fun. Print copies of the table, widely published by the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthysite, and fill in a different color for each tooth. Make a table game by printing several copies and letting your child number each tooth in the order they predict. If your child guesses correctly, reward him with a meal or a trip to the cinema!
2. Types of teeth
One of the biggest differences between primary and permanent teeth is the amount. Humans generally have only 20 baby teeth, but can have up to 32 permanent teeth. The last set consists of four types: incisors, canines, premolars and molars. The incisors – which are in front of the mouth and are known as “front teeth” – usually appear first. The permanent central incisor in the lower jaw is the first to appear at six or seven years of age.
The next teeth are usually the first molars. They usually occur at six or seven years of age and are appropriately called “six-year molars”, according to the Center for Pediatric Dentistry. Two are in the bottom row of teeth and two are in the top row. They can be seen as “additional” teeth, as they do not replace a deciduous tooth.
After the first set of permanent molars appears, your child will likely lose the central frontal incisor in the upper jaw and eventually see a new tooth in that location. Next to the rash, the incisors are very close to the central teeth, the lateral incisors, usually around nine years of age.
Many children place their pointed canines close to the lateral incisors in the lower row. This is followed by your first premolar – or premolar – two fields in front of your six year old molars above and below. After the premolars, the canines of the upper row erupt, as well as the second premolars. At age 13, 12-year-old molars usually erupt in the upper and lower rows on either side of the back of the mouth.
3. What about wisdom teeth?
Not everyone keeps all 32 permanent teeth. The last four teeth, also called wisdom teeth according to the ADA, generally do not appear until people are in their late teens or early 20s. Some people never catch them, and many need to remove them before they burst, if there is not enough space in their mouth. Your child’s dentist will closely monitor the progression of these last molars and tell you whether it is a good idea to remove them.
4. Taking care of new teeth
With proper dental care, your children’s permanent teeth will be preserved for the rest of their lives. By promoting great dental habits, like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day, you will reduce your risk of tooth decay. Dental treatments, such as fluorine seals and gels, can also further strengthen teeth and protect against cavities.
Permanent teeth are an important milestone in your child’s life. Monitoring them with a dental card will help you remember.
C. Tooth Eruption and Shedding
1. Eruption of primary teeth (baby teeth)
The tooth rash starts at around 6 months of age and can last up to 3 years. During this phase, your child’s gums may become sore and irritable. You can soothe them by gently rubbing the gums with a damp, cold cloth, the back of a cold spoon or a clean finger.
The timing and order of eruption of a child’s 20 main teeth (baby teeth) are as follows:
A child’s upper and lower central teeth appear first, and then other teeth, one by one, erupt and move towards the back of the arch. The first molars, which usually emerge in front of the canines (canines), are an exception. The first teeth to erupt are the lower and upper central incisors, which erupt between 6 and 12 months of age. The next outbreak is the lateral incisors between 9 and 16 months, followed by the first molars between 13 and 19 months. Then, the canines (canines) break out from 16 to 23 months. Finally, between 23 and 33 months, the second molars erupt.
2. Baby tooth shed
Children usually begin to change their baby teeth around the age of 6, starting with the central incisors and about a year later with the lateral ones. The first molars are then separated, followed closely by the lower canines. The upper canines and upper and lower second molars are removed last.
D. Dental Health and Your Child’s Teeth
The table below shows when your child’s baby teeth (also called baby teeth or baby teeth) should break and fall out. Rash times vary from child to child.
As can be seen in the table, the first teeth begin to erupt in the gums at around 6 months of age. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the two lower central incisors (the two lower anterior teeth). Then, the first four front teeth emerge. After that, other teeth begin to fill slowly, usually in pairs – one on each side of the upper or lower jaw – until all 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) have emerged by the time a child is 2½ to 3 years. The complete set of baby teeth is in the mouth between the ages of 2 ½ to 3 years to 6 to 7 years.
1. More facts about primary tooth rupture
A general rule of thumb is that about 4 teeth appear every 6 months of life.
Girls generally precede boys with broken teeth.
The lower teeth usually erupt before the upper teeth.
The teeth of both jaws usually appear in pairs – one on the right and one on the left.
The baby teeth are smaller and whiter than the permanent teeth below.
When the child reaches 2 to 3 years of age, all the baby teeth must have already exploded.
Shortly after the age of 4, the child’s jaw and facial bones begin to grow, creating spaces between the baby teeth. This is a completely natural growth process that provides the necessary space for the appearance of larger permanent teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 12, there is a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth in the mouth.
2. Why is it important to take care of baby’s teeth?
Baby teeth stay in the mouth for a short time, but they play an important role. Baby teeth:
Reserve space for your permanent colleagues
Give the face its normal appearance.
Help develop a clear language.
Help achieve good nutrition (missing or damaged teeth make chewing difficult and make children refuse food).
Helps give permanent teeth a healthy start (cavities and infections of baby teeth can damage permanent teeth below).