Deciduous teeth, or “baby teeth” are the very first set that occur. They actually develop during the embryonic stage before birth, but they typically do not emerge until infancy and eventually fall out. So why do we have baby teeth?

Boy with first baby teeth

Primary teeth serve as the functional teeth for an infant and toddler until they are replaced by the permanent teeth. Despite the fact that baby teeth fall out, they have a purpose.

What age do babies get teeth?

Baby teeth emerge around the age of six months. The process typically continues until the age of 33 months. In total, twenty different teeth will erupt and make up the temporary teeth. These include 5 on each quadrant within the mouth on the top and the bottom, making up 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom.

Mandibular central incisors (two front teeth) are typically the very first to erupt and the maxillary second molars are usually the last ones to erupt within the mouth.

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The Function of the Baby Teeth

The baby teeth are a core component in and relating to the overall development of the mouth. These teeth help in the following:

  1. They help in establishing and maintaining the overall length of the arch that is located within the jaw.
  2. They help establish a pathway so that the permanent teeth may erupt within the mouth.
  3. They assist in ensuring the proper spacing and placement of the permanent teeth, which will start to erupt around the age of 6 years.
  4. They aid in the process of speech development.
  5. These teeth also assist in the ability to properly chew food. This ensures the child is capable of receiving the proper nutrition for growth and development.

What Happens if a Baby Tooth is Removed Prematurely?

If a baby tooth is removed due to cavities and other types of dental issues, it could result in complications. The main issue is that it may result in the loss of space for the permanent teeth.

When the permanent teeth do start to come in, it could cause crowding. Also, it could cause a delay in the eruption of the permanent teeth because bone mass can fill in the space. Furthermore, it can result in premature damage to the permanent tooth that is below it, waiting to erupt.

This is why it is critical that we do all that we can to ensure the proper care and development of the baby teeth in children.

Help Care for Your Childs Baby Teeth

You as a parent take on a major role in your child’s dental health. Here is a chart of what to do and what to expect while your child is developing healthy teeth.

A Timeline of Your Child’s Dental Health

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The Pediatric Dentist

As soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts, you should make an appointment with a pediatric dentist. This dental professional will examine your child’s mouth to ensure that there are no complications and will help guide you in ensuring that they receive the proper care during their growth and development.

If you would like to learn more about primary teeth, permanent teeth, or would like to set up an appointment with our highly qualified and loved pediatric dentist, contact us today.