Taking care of milk teeth

There is no set symptom chart, neither is there any pattern for the process of teething. As it varies from baby to baby, we cannot predict how long it will take or how painful teething will be. For more fortunate babies, it can happen overnight with out even the child knowing. For certain others, it might be a gradual process that is painful. In such cases, a white lump will appear in the gum for several weeks before the tooth actually comes out. The process of teething is often said to follow hereditary patterns. Mostly, milk teeth start peeping out during the seventh month. However, it can emerge as early as three months or even as late as one year. One after the other the teeth appear and by the time the child is three, he or she will have a complete set of twenty primary teeth. This set of teeth will chew for the child till he is six and then will start falling out. By the age of twelve, all his primary teeth will be gone.

The following chart explains the general pattern in which the baby teeth appear.

Age Teeth Position

7 months Incisors Two central top and Two central teeth.

9 months Two more incisors Top & bottom; making four top & four bottom teeth in all.

14 months First molars Double teeth meant for chewing purposes

18 months Canines The pointed teeth

3 years Second molars The second set of double teeth at the back

Due to several reasons it is important to take proper care of milk teeth. Care should start from the very moment the baby tooth break through the gums. Milk teeth actually do the function of spacers. They provide enough space for the permanent teeth that comes after them. Decay of milk teeth results in future orthodontic problems. A healthy set of primary teeth not only ensures good speaking skills but also result in proper nutrition as it enables proper chewing.


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