August 1, 2012

All About Milk Teeth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , at 6:45 am by queenqueer

When Primary Teeth (better known as Baby or Milk teeth) start to appear, it’s already the start of teaching good dental habits to kids.¬†Though they may only be temporary, it’s just as important as taking care of the permanent teeth.

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Baby teeth begin to appear starting during 6 months. Primary teeth helps children in breaking down solid food. It also helps them in speaking as they can pronounce a better intonation, accent or diction of their words.

Primary teeth have always been in the mouth even before birth. They are merely hiding under the gums. A set of primary

According to ADA: “The ADA recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.”


February 24, 2012

Recent Dental Discovery Contributes to Anthropology

Posted in Dental News & Updates tagged , at 6:42 am by queenqueer

UK Researcher Dr. Patrick Mahoney has recently discovered that milk teeth develop differently from permanent teeth.

Mahoney expected the microscopic tooth enamel growth to be somehow related to the sequence in which teeth erupt through the gums. However, through his reconstruction, he was surprised to find that the development actually changed along the tooth row. He found that the early erupting front incisors grew rapidly and mainly before birth; the later erupting molar teeth at the back of the mouth formed more slowly, and mainly after birth.

source: Dental Tribune International


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It was also mentioned that there is little discovery about these developments about the development of milk teeth.

I’m no scientist, but by logic, how can milk teeth and permanent teeth have the same developments?

Studying Human Development, Milk Teeth have started to develop before birth. Permanent teeth of course, develops once milk teeth have already fallen out. The environment exposure in itself is already a big difference between the two. However, there is no concrete evidence to prove this reason until now. Dr. Mahoney has provided a milestone to more dental developments contributing more information needed for comparative analyses on primates and our ancestors.