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5 Other Things that People Call the Baby Teeth

Posted on 2/10/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A baby in an orange shirt smiling and showing his baby teeth.In the medic and dental fields, there are often multiple terms that refer to the same thing. So, if you think that you are talking to your dentist - or even a friend, for that matter - and they use a term with which you aren't familiar, you may still be on the same page. Here are a few other things that people might call the baby teeth.

•  Deciduous Teeth. You may have heard the term deciduous in regards to plant life, as a deciduous tree is one that loses its leaves during the winter months. Since the baby teeth fall out, they are sometimes referred to as deciduous.
•  Milk Teeth. Historically, people believed that the teeth grew in as a result of the nutrients found in their mother's milk, so the first set was given the term of milk teeth,
•  Primary Teeth. Since the word primary means first, it should really come as no surprise that the baby teeth are sometimes called primary teeth. After all, they are your first set of teeth.
•  Temporary Teeth. The opposite of permanent, it should come without surprise that the baby teeth sometimes take on this term, as they won't be in your mouth forever. The baby teeth will remain in the mouth for about 10 years before being replaced with the permanent adult set.
•  Training Teeth. The baby teeth are sometimes referred to as training teeth because they prepare children to take care of their permanent set. However, proper oral hygiene is still extremely important, even with the baby teeth.

Regardless of what you call them, the baby teeth serve an important function in our oral health history. If you ever have questions about the terms that your dentist uses for this or any other dental concept, please contact us today!


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