Deciduous teeth, also known as milk teeth, are the first set of teeth that erupt in a person’s mouth. They typically begin to appear around six months of age and are fully erupted by two and a half years old. Deciduous teeth are important for chewing food and developing speech. They also help prepare the jaw for the eruption of permanent teeth.
The primary purpose of deciduous teeth is to chew food. They are smaller and less durable than permanent teeth, so they are not meant to last a lifetime. When deciduous teeth start to decay or fall out, it’s time for the permanent teeth to take their place. Most people lose all of their deciduous teeth by the time they are twelve years old.
If a child’s deciduous teeth are lost too early or if they have a lot of cavities, it can lead to problems with the permanent teeth. The permanent teeth may not come in properly, or they may be crooked. In some cases, the jaw may not grow properly, and this can lead to a host of other problems.
It is important for parents to take their children to the dentist for regular check-ups, so any problems with the deciduous teeth can be addressed early. If left untreated, these problems can cause lifelong dental issues.