baby tooth


: a temporary tooth of a young mammal that in human dentition includes four incisors, two canines, and four molars in each jaw : milk tooth, deciduous tooth
If one of my sisters or brothers or I lost a baby tooth, we always put it in an envelope under our pillow.Ian Frazier
By the time a dog is about a year old, the baby teeth will have been gradually replaced by 42 permanent teeth …Tom Ewing

Examples of baby tooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another image shows Hal reaching toward the camera, smiling and revealing his missing baby teeth. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Caregivers can preserve a little one’s most precious memories, such as baby teeth or hospital bracelets, in the drawers and files. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 There would be no way to save the baby teeth or permanent teeth on the right side. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 4 Feb. 2024 The dentist determined after an X-ray that Natalia had 12 baby teeth. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2024 Remember, taking care of baby teeth is just as important as taking care of the permanent teeth. Kate Sequeira, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Problems that affect the baby teeth now can affect the permanent teeth later on if not addressed. Kate Sequeira, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 The smiling snap shows off Garner’s cute homemade outfit, bob hairstyle, and a row of pearly white baby teeth. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 30 Aug. 2023 Addison posted a slideshow of pics of as a toddler, the first slide depicted her young self grinning for the camera with a scrunched nose and a gap between her baby teeth. Seventeen, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Baby tooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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