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Milk tooth

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noun, plural: milk teeth

Any from the first set of teeth in many young mammals and humans.


This first set of teeth develops during the embryonic stage. These teeth are sometimes referred to as baby teeth or milk teeth since they erupt during infancy. In humans, the twenty primary teeth emerge in the mouth typically as follows:

These teeth are eventually shed and replaced by permanent teeth typically by age of six.


Compare: permanent tooth
See also: primary dentition, natal tooth, neonatal tooth