Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. At age 6-8 months, the primary teeth appear; all 20 are in place by age 3.
Permanent teeth will begin to grow around age 6, and except for wisdom teeth, are all present between ages 12 and 14. The next teeth to grow in are the 12-year molars and finally the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through from age 17 and on. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth. This is why wisdom teeth are usually removed.
Your front teeth are called incisors. The sharp “fang-like” teeth are canines. The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is vital that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by a dentist are followed.
A good oral hygiene routine involves several elements. Regular visits with your dentist are essential and should be scheduled every six months. These examinations and cleanings will help you stay cavity free by removing plaque build-up on the teeth. The appointments will also help prevent gum and tooth diseases.
Establish a healthy diet with limited snacking in between meals. Choose nutritious snacks such as cheese, vegetables and yogurt when possible.
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. These simple steps will go a long way toward a healthy mouth and a healthy you.
We want to help you build a lifetime of good oral health habits. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable staff.