It starts around the age of 6 months and continues in stages at every 6 months until the age of 2 years and a half or 3 years. It is often accompanied by agitation, pain, local itch, fever and diarrhea that can lead to the thought of colds or other infections.
The parents need to calm the pain associated to the eruption of teeth by applying local gels and maintaining a correct hygiene – cleaning the gums and teeth with gauze compresses or a napkin; the dental brushing will start after 1 year and a half (see the oral hygiene of the child).
The chronology of the milk teeth eruption starts with the inferior central incisors, followed by the superior ones, then the lateral incisors, canines and milk molars. There are quite big variations in the eruption of milk teeth, this thing being genetically determined; a variation of 6 months is within the normal limit. Otherwise, it is better to go to the doctor.
Besides a good hygiene, it is also necessary a diet that limits the consumption of food products which increase the risk of caries appearance: sweets and juices consumed during the day or sleeping with a bottle of sweetened milk or tea (the sugar in contact with the enamel will rapidly cause caries). The care for the child teeth starts even from the eruption of the first teeth: oral hygiene, a healthy diet, supplements with fluorine and periodical dental controls.
A very important event is the eruption around the age of 6 of the first permanent molar. It erupts behind the milk teeth (no tooth “falls” for it to erupt), being a very important tooth for the future bite. It is often mistaken with a milk tooth and neglected, thus being also the tooth most affected by the caries process.