Questions and problems about milk teeth

7 Aralık 2020by dentislife

General information about milk teeth (when they arrive, fall out, how many milk teeth are there, etc.).

First milk teeth arrives around 6 months. This may change from baby to baby (It may range from 3 months to 12 months). The eruption of milk teeth is completed around the age of 2.5 -3. There is a total of 20 milk teeth: 10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw. Mixed teething period begins around the age of 6. The change starts around the age of 5-5.5 when the mandibular incisors become loose. After these frontal incisors become loose and fall out, the parents think that other milk teeth will also fall out within a couple of months or a year.  However, average age for the change of milk molars is 10-11. The time when the milk teeth falls out is different for every child.

When should I take my baby to a dentist?

First dental examination must be made within the 6 months following the first teething. First dental examination is important because the parents are informed about the diet of the baby and tooth hygiene. As a result of improper dietary habits and the belief that milk teeth will eventually fall out, early childhood decays (baby bottle tooth decays) are formed. With regular examinations following the first one, such decays may be prevented.

Milk teeth decays

There are many risk factors that may cause milk teeth decays.

Nighttime feeding: Breast feeding lasting longer than 18 months and during the night time pose the greatest risk for milk teeth. While the breast milk has many protective characteristics, the breast feeding during the night after first teething causes early childhood tooth decays. This is because the saliva flow happening during daytime and clean the tooth surfaces decreases during nighttime and thus the breast milk stays longer on the surface of teeth. As a result, early decays are formed in milk teeth, starting with chalk-white look and resulting in fractures.

Letting the child brush his/her own teeth:  Given that the motor skills are developed around the age of 8-9, it is impossible for a child to clean his/her own teeth. Tying up shoelaces and cleaning own hair may be considered as the criteria for indepedent tooth brushing. The tooth brushing to be made by the parents especially before sleep is important. You may let your children to brush his/her own teeth in the morning.

Feeding the child with milk after toothbrushing:

Oral inhalators used for allergic asthma, etc.: as such orally administered drugs contain certain amounts of sugar, the mouth should be washed with water to prevent any decays.

The amount, frequency and characteristics of junk food consumption Giving real chocolate instead of bars and creating saliva flow in the mouth by chewing gums may decrease molar decays. As snack, dried nuts and fruits should be preferred. The frequency of snack consumption may be decreased.

What happens if milk teeth does not fall out?

If milk teeth does not fall out, the underlying cause should be investigated. If there is a tooth eruption problem affecting all teeth, then this may be caused by genetic factors or a condition such as hypothyroid, rachitism. If the underlying cause is the absence of tooth germ, then milk teeth may remain in the mouth for years as there is not growing. In some cases, there is no absence of tooth germ, but the underlying cause is the ancylosis milk teeth showing retention. Such teeth falls behind the occlusal plan as result of the discontinued development.

When should I start brushing teeth?

Toothbrushing should begin in children after the first teething. Teeth surfaces should be cleaned with a clean cloth, gauze bandage, finger brush or small headed tooth brush after every feeding.

Can breast milk decay my child’s teeth?

Breast milk is very important for the immune system and general health of the child. It contains lots of nutritious elements. In addition, breast milk also includes high amounts of sugar. This rate is higher than the rate in cow milk. Despite being nutritious, breast milk is also a karyogenic (tooth decaying) food. It sticks on teeth and trigger the formation of tooth decays. In order to prevent this, you should give water to your child after each feeding and brush/clean the surface of teeth.

One of the most dangerous habits for milk teeth is the habit of sleeping with breast milk/baby bottle during the night. Saliva has a protective quality. During sleep, production of saliva decreases. As saliva decreases, an environment more suitable for tooth decays is formed.

When should I take my child to dentist for the first examination?

You should take your child to dentist at the age of 1 at latest. Pediatric dentists will inform you about tooth development and protective measures that can be taken. The dentist will guide you in tooth brush and paste selection. Routine check ups are important. In these check ups, tooth decays are diagnosed early and treated before being progressed. These check ups also allow child to get used to the dentist and reduce his/her fear and anxiety.


Aklınıza takılan her konuda bizlere aşağıda yer alan iletişim bilgilerinden ulaşabilirsiniz, sağlıklı günler dileriz.

Sosyal Bağlantılar

Bu sosyal bağlantılarda Dentislife’ı ziyaret edin ve bizimle bağlantı kurun. Gelişmerlerden haberdar olmak için hesaplarımızı takip edebilirsiniz.

Copyright 2020 Tüm Hakları Saklıdır.

Copyright 2020 Tüm Hakları Saklıdır.