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primary teeth

primary teeth

The deciduous teeth, colloquially known as “baby teeth.”

primary teeth

The first set of teeth to appear, usually beginning to erupt around the age of 6 months. There are 20 primary teeth consisting of 8 incisors, 4 canines and 8 molars. Also known as deciduous or milk teeth. Compare PERMANENT TEETH.
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Finally, primary teeth preserve spaces in the mouth for the eventual appearance of the child's permanent ones.
Fisher, a dentist anesthesiologist serving pediatric dentists in the greater Sacramento and inland valley areas, said, "Our goal is to help children who still have their primary teeth avoid having to live with chronic pain and low self-esteem due to tooth decay and bad breath.
Critical examination of the retrospective, Community-based and Practice-based studies, which form much of the basis for the philosophy of non-restoration, or selective restoration of asymptomatic carious primary teeth, reveals deficiencies [Tickle et al.
More than half of five-year-old children in Wales, and 71% of eight-year-olds, have tooth decay affecting primary teeth.
Because deciduous teeth provide a readily accessible bone biopsy, the concentrations of lead in the whole primary teeth, the enamel, or the dentin (particularly circumpulpal) have served as proxy measures for skeletal lead, and thus for total body lead burden, in epidemiologic studies of childhood lead toxicity (Needleman et al.
Intrusion of the primary teeth into developing permanent teeth is a common cause of such defects.
The survey-the first national study of dental health that includes children with baby teeth-found that more than 40 percent of those under 10 years old had cavities in their primary teeth.
In children susceptible to cavities, a dentist will also apply the sealant to the premolars, called bicuspids, or to a baby's primary teeth.
These students represent the new mid-level dental providers able to remove decay and restore teeth for children and adults, as well as extract primary teeth, while under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
Fluoridation may reduce cavities in children (2 primary teeth or 1 permanent tooth).
Procedures she performs include preparation and placement of composite and amalgam fillings, stainless steel crowns and extraction of primary teeth.