Your Teeth

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.

Dental Health

Good oral hygiene is an important factor in achieving a healthier lifestyle, especially in adults. Eating a balanced diet, brushing and flossing daily and regular dental checkups are vital in preventing periodontal disease and maintaining your overall health.

Research has indicated possible links between the bacteria causing gum disease and systemic diseases like cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and pre-term birth; therefore, visiting your dentist regularly is imperative. In addition to examining and cleaning your teeth, your dentist will screen you for oral cancer, which generally occurs in people ages 45 and older.

Having a healthy smile as you get older isn’t just for aesthetic reasons. It keeps you on the road to optimum oral health.

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