WHILE A SHARK HAS 40 SETS OF TEETH IN A LIFE TIME, most people have two sets of teeth during their life: the primary or “baby” teeth and the permanent or “adult” teeth. Get to know your tooth schedule.
Comfort Dental wants to ensure ALL of your teeth are healthy for a lifetime.
Dr. Brucken and Dr. Stubbs thought it would be helpful to review when your own unique and special teeth arrive on the scene.
PRIMARY TEETH – Tooth Schedule
You have 20 primary teeth appearing during the first 3 years of life. These teeth are present at birth in a baby’s jawbones. Baby teeth are important in normal development for chewing, speaking and appearance. The baby teeth also hold the space in the jaws for the permanent (adult) teeth. Primary teeth may be temporary – but they need good care for many years.
PERMANENT TEETH – Tooth Schedule
From around age 6 to age 12, children lose their baby teeth and the adult teeth will appear. The first adult teeth are the first permanent molars. The first permanent molars are especially important because they help determine the shape of the lower face and affect the position and health of other permanent teeth. The last teeth to appear are the third molars or “wisdom teeth” at around age 17 – 21 years. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually appeared.
YOUR TEETH ARE UNIQUE AND SPECIAL
Teeth vary in size, shape and their location in the jaws. These differences enable teeth to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. They also help give your face its shape and form. It is important to protect the adult teeth for a lifetime by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, by cleaning between the teeth once a day with floss and by visiting a dentist regularly.
Comfort Dental is always here if you have a dental question or concern. We look forward to serving you!