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Baby Teeth

Our baby teeth are what are commonly known as our primary teeth, and we begin to lose them around the time we start school. Our adult teeth, or secondary teeth, begin to push through the gums and cause our baby teeth to become loose. Our baby teeth do not have roots, and our held in place by our gums. When our adult teeth come in, they do have roots. The following paragraphs will take a look some facts about loosing our baby teeth.

One fact about primary teeth is that they are a necessary part of a child's anatomy. Without baby teeth, the child would not be able to say certain things correctly, chew certain foods, and would likely have lower self esteem than a child with their baby teeth intact. Chewing with properly formed teeth helps the jaw to grow correctly. Baby teeth have many values and benefits.

Second, children do not loose all their baby teeth at one time. On average, children begin to lose their baby teeth at age 6, and continue to lose them until they reach the average age of 14. Normally we begin losing our baby teeth in the front of our mouths and the last ones we normally lose are in the back of our mouths. On average, we have our baby teeth one-sixth of our lives.

Lastly, one of the most important facts about baby teeth is that when we lose them, the tooth fairy comes and leaves us money under our pillow. We never see the tooth fairy, though, because she will not visit until we are fast asleep.

Our baby teeth are commonly known as our primary teeth, and we each have 20 of them. Eventually, since our baby teeth are not rooted, we lose them to stronger, rooted teeth known as our adult teeth, or secondary teeth.