Why Are Milk Teeth Important?

When it comes to children, families are also more sensitive about health. However, there is a problem in society as a result of a misconception that the milk teeth in the mouth during childhood are unimportant, they will fall out and be lost in some way, and the caries and situations that cause tooth loss are ignored.

In childhood, especially in the eating habits of high sugar consumption, milk teeth can easily rot. This situation causes great problems both on general health and in the placement of permanent teeth that will follow the milk teeth. Sometimes, deep infections in these primary teeth can cause permanent damage even to the unerupted permanent teeth under the primary teeth.

About 6 months after the child is born, the first milk teeth begin to appear in the mouth. This process continues with the milk teeth coming out in order in the mouth. At the age of about 4 years, milk teeth are completed in the mouth. From the age of 6, permanent teeth, which will remain in the mouth for life, begin to erupt. In this process, since both the primary teeth and some of the permanent teeth are in the mouth, it is called the mixed dentition period.

During this process, with very delicate millimetric balances, the milk teeth fall out when the time comes, and the permanent teeth that will come from underneath slowly take their places. When any primary tooth decays prematurely or has to be pulled out due to progressive caries, these balances are completely disrupted and the permanent teeth coming from below cannot be placed in their places properly.

From the moment they are first seen in the mouth, the treatment of milk teeth should be done very sensitively and accurately, and they should not be pulled out unnecessarily prematurely. They should be kept in the mouth until the time when it should fall off in its natural course. Otherwise, congestion and overlapping situations, which we call crowding, will occur in the permanent teeth that cannot be placed in their places, and orthodontic treatments will be needed. When a primary tooth is lost prematurely, other teeth in that area quickly move towards the cavity of the extracted tooth. In this case, the permanent tooth that should be placed in that space has been stolen, and it will either be placed crosswise or remain embedded in the jaw.

In rare cases, milk teeth cannot be dropped by the permanent teeth below them and must be removed by dentists.

In order to detect all these problematic situations in a timely manner and to create solutions, children should be under the control of a dentist regularly, starting from the appearance of milk teeth in the mouth. Problems that can be corrected with very simple interventions in the early stages will lead to very serious anomalies in the long term and create situations that require long and troublesome treatments in untreated cases.

Of course, the most important thing to do is to give a very good oral hygiene education to the child from a young age by the family and to gain this habit. Until the child’s hand skills develop, brushing should be done by the parents, and the child should be encouraged in this regard. As long as oral hygiene is maintained and maintained at the best level, no caries will occur in milk teeth and permanent teeth, and related problems will be prevented from the very beginning. The habit of brushing teeth, which is acquired in childhood, is the first and most important thing to do in order to encounter the least problems in the teeth for life.

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