What Do You Know About Baby Teeth?

What do you know about baby teeth? Let’s take a look at some valuable insights that you may not have been aware of.

Facts About Baby Teeth

Time of tooth eruption

The most common timing of first tooth eruption is at about 6 months. The timing of tooth eruption varies greatly, teeth may be present at birth or the first tooth may appear at 1 year of age. Usually the lower front teeth (incisors) erupt first and by the age of 2-3 years, along with the child developing the full set of 20 primary teeth.

Teething and disease

It is a common belief that eruption of teeth is associated with disease and symptoms like fever, cough, diarrhea, etc. There is no truth in this notion as eruption of teeth is a normal physiological process.

Some researchers have demonstrated that the cause of this disease during eruption of teeth may usually be the type 1 Herpes simplex virus.

Duration of baby teeth

A child loses his baby teeth by the age of 11-12 years but it isn’t some hard and fast rule and great variation exists. In some cases, the primary teeth remain after the age of 12 years and may hinder the eruption of permanent teeth. This may lead to disfigured and irregular tooth appearance.

These problems can be diagnosed by regular dental visits and X-rays. Pediatric dentists can advise appropriate corrective procedures.

Variation in eruption timing

As there is a lot of variation in the timing of primary as well as permanent teeth eruptions, it may cause unnecessary concern for the parents. This concern may be dealt with proper explanation and dental advice.


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