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Milk teeth – you child’s first teeth
Parents will always remember the moment their child`s first teeth appeared. Both parents participate in this process and a child feels unusual or even painful feelings. It is natural for parents to worry about their child`s health, about his milk teeth. All parents want the child`s first teeth to be healthy.
The first child`s teeth appear at the age of 6-8 months. The classical variant of dentition follows the next scheme: lower cutting teeth in the middle of the jaw are the first teeth to appear. They are followed by upper cutting teeth in the middle. Then upper lateral incisors growing next to the central ones appear. Later the same teeth of the mandible appear. In most cases a child has as many as 8 teeth before he is 1 year old. Though a small difference (more or less teeth) is not dangerous.
The child grows and in the next 3 months he has cheek teeth in the upper and lower jaws.
When a child is 1,5 years and up he has canine teeth. By 3 years he has second molar teeth. The period of dentition may differ. Cardiovascular anomalies, infections, diseases of gastrointestinal tract and metabolic diseases (including rachitis) can retard dentition.
Milk teeth are often placed asymmetrically and as soon as parents notice that they start to panic. Though such position of teeth is absolutely normal when they are only appearing. By the time the child is 3 he will have all teeth. Chewing will help the teeth to take the right position.
In most cases dentition does not affect the general state of the child though he may be naughty or have fever. Sometimes dentition coincides with the beginning of a serious disease. Parents can simply miss this moment and confuse the symptoms of the disease with those of dentition.
If a child has bad habits (suckles fingers or baby's dummies) the process of dentition may slow down. Dentition makes the gums itchy. To avoid parents can use gels containing lidocaine (helps to fight itch in the gums). The so-called cutters will also help you in this situation. Cutters are toys made of plastic or rubber. A child bites the toy and distracts from unpleasant feelings.
If you notice that during dentition there is pus, the gums are red and the child is nervous see a dentist at once.