Many of you probably wonder what should be done when your children’s milk teeth move. Because of that, we will explain in this post all you need to know about it.
The evolutionary stage of every child begins with the development and fall of the milk teeth. As many parents might know, it is a very characteristic trait of childhood’s first years.
In this stage you should remain patient and visit your dental specialist frequently to make sure that the process is on the right track.
- What are milk teeth?
- Why do we have temporary teeth?
- When do baby teeth erupt?
- Stages of teething
- Symptoms of teething
- When do milk teeth fall?
- Sequence of growth
- Sequence of fall
- Would it be right to remove milk teeth?
- What should be done when a milk tooth moves?
- The importance of milk teeth care.
What are the baby teeth?
Baby teeth or temporary teeth are teeth that grow during the first few years of a child’s life. They remain in the mouth for a limited time until they fall and get replaced by permanent teeth, present among adults.
Twenty milk teeth grow all together, ten of them in the upper arch (maxilla) and another ten in the lower arch (jaw). More specifically, every arch have four incisors, two canines and two molars.
Why do we have temporary teeth?
Human beings have, like other kind of mammals, certain features that let us adapt to the environment according to our age.
In the case of children, after finishing the period of suckling, they need to have teeth. What for? They need to start chewing solid food and carry out their first steps with the oral language.
Besides, they are not only useful to precede permanent teeth, but also, they are fundamental to the oral and facial development. Their main goal is to chew and to start the development of language. The rest of the jaw has also its process of growing during childhood.
The jaw of a child or a young person is not ready to have the complete and permanent dentition because it needs a long process to grow and settle.
After all, it is about a physiological process in which teeth tend to come out, grow and start to move and fall. Any external interaction with the tooth and its process of falling can modify its proper development.
When do baby teeth erupt?
In most cases, baby teeth begin to erupt between 6 and 12 months. It is also right that every child is different and there are babies that turn 1 year old without having any tooth in the mouth. On the other hand, there are babies that begin the process of dental eruption just with 4 months, or there are even cases when a newborn baby can have milk teeth, making the process of breastfeeding more difficult.
Stages of feeding
The process of teeth eruption is typically divided in three periods.
Stage 1. Eruption of lower central teeth and upper central teeth.
Stage 2: Eruption of first molars and canines.
Stage 3: Eruption of the four second molars.
In general, the primary dentition should be complete when the baby is 3 years old.
Symptoms of teething
Some of the symptoms that let us know if our children are teething include:
- Gum inflammation
- Irritability and crying
- Biting objects
- Bringing the hand to the mouth
The stage of dentition is a long and painful process for many babies because of gum inflammation. It is to be remembered that these symptoms might be different in every child.
When do milk teeth fall?
Milk teeth do not normally grow or fall at the same time or the same way. There is sequence why dentition develops that way, encouraging the eruption of the first teeth so that the child can start using them as needed.
Sequence of growth and baby teeth eruption
This is approximately the sequence of baby teeth eruption:
- Lower incisors
- Central incisors
- Lateral incisors
- Lower canines/ cuspids
- First molar
- Upper canines
- Second molars
It is very important that they erupt symmetrically. In other words, if the left incisor erupts, it is convenient that the right incisor undergoes also the same process.
Sequence of growth
The approximately sequence of baby teeth eruption is to find below:
- Central incisor, 6 years old
- Lateral incisor, 7 years old
- Canine, 11 and a half years old
- First molar, 10 and a half years old
- Second molar, 10 and a half years old
Would it be right to remove milk teeth?
It is important to know that it is not right to force the fall of a milk tooth because it can affect its development.
Sometimes it can be right. Yet, there are situations when it is not convenient to force the fall of it. The child can get upset because of the pain if a baby milk is removed and this may also result in infections.
What should be done when a milk tooth moves?
Follow the natural process
The most convenient thing is to let this process occur naturally. It is the best to be patient and wait some days until the tooth falls.
The instinct of children to touch the tooth with the tongue is very often the way to speed the process without being harmful. It is important to avoid the situations in which the kid is touching teeth with their hand because it is a hot spot for germs and bacteria which can lead to infection.
Remove with a gauze
Experts ensure that the most effective method is to use a gauze if it is harmful and causes an inconvenience to our child. In other words, take the tooth decisively and pull it out. In order to stop the bleeding, it is recommended to put the gauze on the gum and press for some minutes.
Visit your pediatric dentist
At last, it is right to visit your pediatric dentist if the tooth causes pain or stays in the gum more time than usual. This professional will evaluate rapidly and safely a possible removal. Therefore, potential problems will be avoided.
The importance of milk teeth care
It is fundamental to highlight the importance of a good oral health to children since their first milk teeth appear.
And in the moment that they start to move, the most appropriate thing to do is to let this process occur naturally.
We recommend you to visit the pediatric dentist when your child is around 3. Through that, you can detect and avoid potential and harmful habits for dental development.
This makes us ready for the next step, which is when they are 6 years old. In this revision it will be examined if milk teeth move. Besides, it will be tested then the possibility to require a treatment of interceptive orthodontics and check the oral and facial development.
To sum up, it is necessary to take care of your child’s dental health since the first milk tooth appears. And if during this important stage you have any doubt, we encourage you to get in touch with our children’s dental clinic.