The primary dentition period starts with the appearance of the first milk tooth in the mouth when the child is approximately 6 months old and continues until the child is 24-30 months old. The first teeth to erupt are usually the lower anterior incisors. When the eruption of the milk teeth is completed, there are a total of 20 teeth in the mouth, 10 of which are in the lower and upper jaws. During this period, I recommend that you check the number of teeth in your child’s mouth. Sometimes there may be congenital (congenital) missing teeth.

3-3.5 years after the completion of the primary teeth, that is, when the child reaches the age of 6, the mixed dentition period begins with the eruption of the first molar. The eruption time may differ from child to child for both primary and permanent teeth, deviations of 6 months are considered normal.

Milk teeth have many functions in the mouth;

– Its most important task is its impact on your child’s growth and development. The period in which they are in the mouth is the period when growth and development is most active and the immune system develops. In this period, it fulfills the chewing and grinding function of foods, which is the first step of digestion, and affects the child’s nutrition and, accordingly, growth and development.

– They guide the permanent teeth coming from below. In the early loss of permanent teeth, the direction of eruption may change.

– At the same time, adjacent teeth slide into the gap caused by tooth loss, filling the place of permanent teeth that need to be erupted in the future, causing a shortage of space in permanent teeth. In other words, they act as placeholders for permanent teeth even in the mouth.

– While performing the chewing function of milk teeth, it also activates the vertical growth of the jaw bones.

– Providing speech is one of the main functions of milk teeth. At the same time, milk teeth have an aesthetic function. Since the child does not like his appearance, he hesitates to open his mouth enough. This creates difficulties in speaking and communicating.

With the development of technology, the use of milk teeth in stem cell studies has become very popular in recent years.

Stem cells; They are the main cells that make up the organs and tissues in our body, capable of unlimited division and self-renewal. Although stem cells can be used for many treatments, their use for the repair of neurons (nervous system cells) and cardiac muscle tissue cells, which do not have the ability to self-renew, is promising for the treatment of diseases related to these systems in the future.

It is easy and convenient to obtain stem cells from milk teeth. They have the potential to develop into more types of cells. Studies show that stem cell treatments will become widespread in the future and milk teeth are the ideal source for stem cells.

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