Meng-Chieh Lee D.D.S., M.M.Sc.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Their Children’s Permanent Teeth

What Do You Really Know About Permanent Teeth?

Here’s the Information You Need!

How Many Teeth Do We Have?

We are all born with 20 baby teeth! We initially have 10 on top and 10 on the bottom. Eventually, they are replaced by 32 adult teeth with 16 on both the top and the bottom. The wisdom teeth are the last to arrive! They typically arrive between the ages of 17 and 25, but their hard to reach location can make it difficult to keep them clean. They can also be impacted, which is why your dentist may recommend having them removed.

When do Do Baby Teeth Start to Fall Out?

There’s a huge age range when it comes to losing baby teeth. Most children begin losing them by five or six, but some won’t see a visit from the tooth fairy until they’re seven or eight! Your dentist will be able to provide more information as your little ones permanent teeth begin to poke through.

Tooth Eruption Timeline

1st Molars: six or seven years old

Central incisors: six to eight years old

Lateral incisors: seven-nine years

Canines: nine-13 years

Premolars: nine-13 years

Second molars: 11-14 years

Wisdom: 17-25 years

Keep in mind that these are just the average ages for permanent ones to grow in – your child may be earlier or later and that’s totally normal! Your dentist will be able to monitor their tooth eruption as well.

Caring For Permanent Teeth

Care for your children’s permanent teeth just as well as you would your own! Brushing and flossing are extremely important, so you should try to enforce healthy habits as early as possible. Kids often see as they do, so they’ll want to do what you do! Here’s some more information about model behavior.

Keeping them clean is important, but so is protection. When your little ones are out on the baseball field, skating, playing soccer, or doing whatever activities they like to do, it’s best to invest in a mouthguard!

Regular Dentist Visits are a Must!

Be sure to schedule regular dentist visits for your little ones! It never hurts to ask questions – so if you’re curious, give your dentist a call. Your children’s healthy and happy smiles will thank you!

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