When we are born, the milk teeth cannot be seen in our mouth yet, but their buds are in the bone already and they fulfill durable and important tasks during their short “tooth-life”:
- They play an important role in the formation of the correct bite and chewing
- They are indispensable for the formation of correct sounds.
- They assure the place for the permanent teeth.
For this reason milk teeth should be looked after and cared for from the first day on as we do with the permanent teeth, because some of them stay in the mouth until the age of 12, although the change of teeth starts with the age of 6.
If the milk teeth start to decay, the permanent teeth also suffer from this. The permanent molars may push the decaying milk teeth forward, and thus the permanent tooth may lose its position.
In a worse case, a milk molar may have caries before the age of five and it has to be removed. In this case the tooth below it or the canine remains without room. As a result, the permanent teeth grow sidelong and they will be positioned outside the normal denture. In this case orthodontic treatment is secured, which is costly in every aspect: it lasts long and it is unpleasant for the children on one hand and expensive for the parents on the other hand.
By preventing the decay of the milk teeth we prevent any mispositioning of the permanent teeth.
The negative effect of baby bottle usage:
- Caries and tooth loss.
- Problems in the development of the jaw, for example open bite.
After the age of one, every milk tooth erupts. This is the appropriate time to say goodbye to the milk/tea bottle, since this is the time when the sucking reflex is replaced by the chewing reflex. This implies the change from liquid to solid nutrition. The baby bottle becomes superfluous and it endangers the developing teeth as well.