Most parts of the body are formed at birth. We get one set of bones, organs, eyes, and body parts that all develop and age with us as we grow older. However the same cannot be said for our teeth. Our teeth grow through  an interesting  and dramatically different lifecycle from the first signs of teething to permanent teeth developing , the pain of wisdom teeth and eventually tooth decay . here a brief summary of what to expect  at each stage  

A tooth is born Age 3-7 

Developmental events

 Begins losing baby teeth. First permanent molars start to erupt. thumbsucking may continue after age 4 which may cause bite problems and crooked crowded teeth.

Interaction with dentist 

Visit the dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings and checkups. prevention is a priority! the dentist may take first dental radiographs and place sealant on teeth. 

Home oral hygiene routine 

Brush on your own with added assistance and supervision by parents twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss or floss picks should be used to clean between teeth every day.

 

Permanent teeth develop Age 7-12

Developmental Events;

The child loses all baby teeth. May get cavities in permanent teeth.

Interaction with Dentist:

Visit the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and checkups. Dentists may suggest a visit to the orthodontist. Dental emergencies may occur.

Home Oral Hygiene Routine

Brush on your own twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Clean between teeth each day with floss or floss picks. Extra attention to home care is necessary should braces be placed. Feel free to ask us for tips for cleaning between wires!

 

The pain of wisdom teeth Age 13-19

Developmental Events:

May get cavities in and between permanent teeth. Wisdom teeth may begin to develop.

Interaction with Dentist

Visit the dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings and checkups to detect and correct small problems before they become larger ones.

Home Oral Hygiene Routine:

Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss once a day to avoid cavities that start between teeth. Limit sugary and starchy foods and sugary soft drinks. Avoid starting to smoke. Avoid oral piercings as they can cause recession of the gums. Wear a mouthguard while playing sports. Avoid developing eating disorders as they can erode tooth enamel.

 

The aging tooth Age 19-25

Developmental Events:

Wisdom teeth may appear. Signs of Gingivitis or gum disease may appear.

Interaction with Dentist:

Continue visits to the dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings and checkups to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Wisdom teeth may need to be removed by an Oral Surgeon.

Home Oral Hygiene Routine:

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Floss once daily. Limit sugary or starchy foods as well as soft drinks. Avoid smoking.

Westgage Dental would love to give you affordable and exceptional dental care you need to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for life. We offer a family friendly environment and have lots of experience with children of all ages, so please get in contact with us 

 

Source:

https://whistlerdental.com/blog/the-life-cycle-of-baby-and-permanent-teeth/


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