Teeth serve a purpose far greater than just a pretty pair of pearly whites! They vary in shape, size and location to help individuals to properly chew and speak. Teeth even provide structural support for the face muscles so that one can form facial expressions like a smile.
At birth humans typically have 20 baby, “primary,” teeth, which start to erupt around the age of six months. As these baby teeth periodically fall out throughout childhood, adult “permanent,” teeth begin to take their place. Additionally, at certain ages there are specific permanent teeth that erupt.
Generally, the upper and lower premolars seem to erupt during the ages of 10 to 12. The upper first premolar erupts at 10 to 11 years and the upper second premolar erupts at 10 to 12 years, while the lower first premolars erupt at 10-12 years and the lower second premolars erupt at 11-12 years. For some children, teeth may erupt at sooner or later ages, as timing is different for everyone and genetics play a large contribution.
To ensure proper care of all teeth, it is best to begin healthy oral habits by brushing and flossing with children once the first primary tooth erupts. By starting early, this establishes a healthy foundation for children to follow through with once permanent teeth are evident. It is best to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss once daily and regularly visit with a dentist for appropriate check-ups to be certain that teeth are healthy and well cared for.
If you have questions about development of the mouth or teeth for your children, please do not hesitate to contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry today! Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Jonathan Konz is highly trained and knowledgeable when it comes to treating precious little mouths. By scheduling an initial consultation, Dr. Konz will be able to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have as a parent. We would be happy to schedule you as soon as possible— Please call our office (703)-348-2813 today!