Why caring for milk teeth is so important
As you probably know, milk teeth are the first teeth in the human dentition. They play an important role in the development of our body. For this reason, lack of attention to daily dental care and hygiene can have unforeseen consequences for you and your child, even in childhood. In today's blog post, we explain why milk teeth have an important function in the growth of the body.
How are milk teeth structured?
The first teeth in the human dentition are milk teeth. Both you and your child grow incisors from the first year of life. By the second year of life, the milk teeth are completely formed.
There are now a total of 20 teeth. These include 10 teeth each in the upper and lower jaw. They are divided into 4 incisors, 4 molars and 2 canines.
Beginning of care and was everything part of meaningful care?
It is important that you take care of your child when the first milk teeth erupt. This care includes, for example, brushing teeth at least once or even more sensibly twice a day. When your child has reached the age of 2, at the latest, the sensitive milk teeth should be cleaned in the evening and in the morning.
Gauze cloths or cotton buds can be helpful to support the care of babies. A very small children's toothbrush such as our emmi®-dent ultrasonic toothbrush or our emmi®-dent bamboo toothbrush for children in combination with a very small portion (pea size) of our special children's toothpaste also support thorough tooth cleaning in children.
Which deciduous tooth damage can be prevented?
If milk teeth are not cared for properly, there is a risk that the first teeth may develop caries in addition to the typical enamel discolouration. In extreme cases, they may even have to be extracted. If this results in complicated treatments, your child may suffer a milk tooth trauma.
Milk teeth not only play an important role in development. They also have special features that go far beyond the grinding of food. For example, if one of the milk teeth is missing, the neighbouring teeth may shift. They shift into the gap that opens up, which can then lead to the existing tooth having no space underneath. It can no longer develop further, let alone grow healthily. Misaligned teeth can not only cause visual impairment, but also pain and many other consequences.
Your incisors, for example, are responsible for the acquisition of speech. They are essential for the correct pronunciation of sibilants. If the incisors are missing, speech defects can occur.