Definition of milk tooth in US English:

milk tooth


  • Any of a set of early, temporary (deciduous) teeth in children or young mammals that fall out as the permanent teeth erupt (in children, between the ages of about 6 and 12).

    • ‘Both the milk teeth and the permanent teeth give the face its shape and form.’
    • ‘It was like wiggling milk teeth - you just can't leave it alone to drop out, you have to help it along.’
    • ‘From the milk teeth to, potentially, false teeth, you have the story of somebody's life.’
    • ‘Crooked teeth are often inherited from our parents, but they can also be the result of the early loss of milk teeth or thumb sucking.’
    • ‘They highlight the need for parents to take a much more active role in promoting good brushing habits as soon as milk teeth appear.’
    • ‘He's lived through his 29 years with just his milk teeth, which have slowly eroded to leave him with a less-than-pleasant smile.’
    • ‘More often than not, ignore it because it's only the milk tooth.’
    • ‘Most permanent teeth grow just underneath the milk teeth, and this helps them to be positioned properly.’
    • ‘Only later did the penny drop that there weren't enough molars to match the worn milk teeth, and that the roots of the teeth had resorbed to the point that indicated they had been shed naturally.’
    • ‘At some point during my sixth year, I discovered my mother sneaking in to my sister's room in order to exchange the milk tooth carefully hidden under her pillow for sweets and coins.’
    • ‘The roots dissolve until the milk teeth fall out.’
    • ‘Many parents don't pay enough attention to tooth caries in the milk teeth of their children, thinking that the children will get new teeth as they grow.’
    • ‘The oldest was a girl old enough to be beyond her milk teeth.’
    • ‘Youngsters are having to have their decayed milk teeth extracted and their adult teeth filled soon after coming through.’
    • ‘The first teeth (also known as milk teeth or deciduous teeth) normally start to break through the gum from at around six to nine months old.’
    • ‘But most children will have all their milk teeth by the time they're two-and-a-half and will begin to get their first ‘second’ teeth at the back when they are six years old.’
    • ‘Hopefully children who have spent hours in the dentists' chair having their milk teeth filled or removed will have learned to take care of their new set, which should last most of their lives.’
    • ‘The children were given a talk about the importance of looking after their milk teeth.’
    • ‘Thirty infants had fewer milk teeth than expected for their ages.’


milk tooth

/ˈmɪlk ˌtuθ//ˈmilk ˌto͞oTH/