Learn About Your Teeth!

Learn About Your Teeth!

It’s been said that knowledge is power. And when it comes to your teeth this couldn’t be truer! By better understanding your teeth and gums you can be a better advocate for your own dental health and make it more of a priority in your life.

Two Sets of Teeth

Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth. The first set is your primary teeth. These are often referred to as baby teeth and often start growing in at age 6 to 8 month. By the time you’re 3 all of your teeth should be fulling grown in.

Secondary teeth also referred to as permanent teeth, begin to grow in at around age 6. Wisdom teeth start later at around age 17 or so. Also, did you know that the total number of permanent teeth is 32? Even though few people actually have room for all 32 teeth. This is why wisdom teeth are usually removed. Because there’s just not enough space in the mouth for all those teeth.

Different Types of Teeth

Your front teeth are called incisors. The sharp “fang-like” canine teeth help cut through food. The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. These help grind food and make it easier to digest. 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.

Care For Your Teeth!

Tooth decay and the discoloring of tooth enamel can be prevented in you properly care for and cleans your teeth. Gum disease can also be prevented if you make brushing and flossing a higher priority in your life. Regular dental visits are so important in caring for your oral health.