Friday, July 17, 2009

Primary Teeth

Dear Readers,
There are 3 types of dentition during people's lives - the Primary, Mixed and Permanent dentition.
Here we will talk about the first set of teeth, also known as "baby teeth" or MILK teeth. Its formation begins with the emergence of the first milk tooth.
These teeth are 20 in number and are divided into 3 types of teeth: INCISORS, CANINES AND MOLARS.
INCISORS are located in the front of the mouth and they are 8 in number - 4 in each jaw. The incisors are at the centre of the arch and are larger than those next to them, which are called central incisors. They begin to erupt around the sixth month after birth, but may be earlier or later than this age.
I would like to mention two special things here.
First of all, eruption usually usually starts with one of the central incisors of the lower jaw (also called the mandibular arch).

Secondly, my experience shows that eruption usually begins before the 6th month after birth, and it is related to the earlier development of children nowadays. Of course, the teeth can begin to erupt usually later than the sixth month - in the seventh, eight, even around one year of age (this depends on genetic reasons)

The third type is called MOLARS. They are 8 in number, called first and second molars. These teeth are larger than other teeth. The specific thing here is that usually the first molars erupt before the canines. The eruption period usually ends around the third year of the child's life, but it may be earlier or later than that age.
I would like to pay attention to one important fact.
Once the teeth have erupted, they continue to mature. In this period, the enamel is brittle and prone to caries. Even mature, the primary teeth are not as well mineralized as the permanent teeth, making them more prone to decay.
The carious process is very different in milk teeth compared to permanent teeth due to a difference in the mineralization of dental tissues. Please keep in mind that the cavity, which is not diagnosed and treated at an early stage, very quickly damages the dental pulp (nerve).
You can look at my post- Tooth Decay- Which Foods Cause Dental Decay Easy?
If the teeth are left untreated, it can cause damage to the permanent teeth found beneath them.
You can look at my post- Permanent Teeth
That is why creating a good diet and good oral hygiene at an early age is very important for children.
Regular dental check-ups are very important. The dentist will give professional advice or apply professional treatment to avoid further complications. If needed, the dentist will direct you to consult an orthodontist.
Please pay attention to my post - Preventive Dentistry- The Priceless Way
because I believe that PREVENTION is the first and most important step to enjoy excellent oral and overall health, healthy teeth and gums and smile with a PERFECT smile.

Faithfully yours
Dr. Trenkova

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