The Breakdown of Child and Adult Teeth!

The Breakdown of Child and Adult Teeth!

Our teeth are an important part of our body. They are responsible for helping us chew, speak and smile. Children and adults have different sets of teeth. Let’s understand the differences.

Children typically start teething around the age of six months old. Baby teeth are known as “deciduous teeth” as they eventually fall out. They can also be referred to as milk teeth or primary teeth. Children have a total of 20 baby teeth, 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. These teeth are placeholders for their adult teeth (permanent teeth). Just because these teeth are destined to be replaced, does not mean they should not be cared for. Develop healthy eating and oral care habits right from the beginning.

Adult teeth can start to come in around age six years old. The process of permanent teeth can carry on into the early teen years. Overall, adults have more teeth than children, with 32 teeth total (28 without wisdom teeth). These include 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars.

Let’s make sure all of your teeth are healthy and strong, no matter your age! Contact us at The Dental Room in Calgary for a professional dental cleaning for you and your family.

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