Milk teeth begin to form during the sixth week of intrauterine life, although it is necessary to wait at least the fourth month after birth for the eruption of the first tooth, always considering that a physiological delay is also very likely.
The first to erupt is the central incisor, while all other milk teeth are born within 32 months.
They are numerically inferior to permanent teeth, as the latter are 32, while the milk dentition is made up of only 20 elements: 10 on the upper arch and 10 on the lower arch.
The elements in question are two incisors, a canine and two molars for each side, both inferiorly and superiorly.
From 36 months up to 6 years of age, therefore, there are no major changes in the child’s teeth, while permanent teeth are formed inside the maxillary bones and, at the same time, the roots of the milk teeth are reabsorbed.
Do not worry if the child has spaces between the deciduous teeth: it is a physiological event, as the “void” between the milk teeth must be considered as a reserve of space for the eruption of the permanent teeth after the first ones have fallen out, as these are larger than the milk teeth.
For the same reason it becomes important avoid early loss of deciduous teeth due to destructive caries because this would lead to a reduction in the space required for the eruption of future teeth.
At the age of 6, the first permanent molar begins to erupt, the only tooth together with the second and third molars that does not have the corresponding substitute: in fact, the milk molars are replaced by the corresponding permanent premolars.
Unlike permanent teeth, milk teeth have a lighter color.
What Happens During Baby Teeth Eruption?
The eruption of the first teeth is a process characterized by hypersalivation, propensity to suck the thumb to try to relieve discomfort, gum swelling in the area where the tooth is erupting, a more sensitive and irritable behavior.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientifically proven link between eruption of deciduous teeth and fever or diarrhea, although a more liquid consistency of stool may be noted due to hypersalivation.
Another one Widespread disbelief is that relating to the benefit of amber necklaces around the baby’s neck, a practice that is as archaic as it is useless.
To relieve the pain and the sense of discomfort of the child, you can resort to the use of colored and soft rings which are commonly called “cold teething rings“As it is advisable to keep them in the refrigerator for greater relief of the child given by the coolness of the object.
They are readily available in all pharmacies and parapharmacies gum gel for topical use to be placed on the sore gums of the child; it is necessary to pay attention to the ingredients contained in the gel as the absence of sugars is essential to avoid early onset of caries on erupting teeth and also to the presence and possible concentration of anesthetic substances such as lidocaine as high doses of these compounds could harm rather than good.
In the event that it becomes impossible for the child to rest due to discomfort, it is necessary to use anti-inflammatory and anti-pain drugs such as Tachipirina, always under the prescription and advice of your trusted pediatrician.