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Baby Teeth

Every kid looks forward to a visit from the Tooth Fairy. This is why loosening teeth are so exciting for children. It’s also because losing teeth is another step toward becoming a ‘big kid.’

At SpringRock Dental, we sometimes get questions from concerned parents regarding what to expect during this stage of their child’s dental transition. Below is a guideline to help you get through it!

Baby Teeth – A Timeline

A child’s baby teeth will start to grow in between the ages of 6-12 months old. By the time the child is three years old, he or she should have all 20 baby teeth! These teeth will begin to loosen or fall out around the age of six, and the adult set of teeth will start to erupt around age eight.

Once your child is between twelve and fourteen years old, they will probably have lost all of their baby teeth and received most of their adult teeth. The very last teeth to erupt are the wisdom teeth (also called the third molars), around the ages of eighteen and twenty years old. Altogether, adults have 32 teeth.

Different Kinds Of Teeth

We have four different types of teeth, each of which is used to perform a different task:

  • Incisors – These are the four front teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom. They teeth are used to bite into food, cutting and chopping it.
  • Canine (Eye Teeth) – These are the four pointy teeth in your mouth, one on each side, on both the top and bottom. They are used to help to tear your food.
  • Premolars (Bicuspids) – We each have eight bicuspid teeth – four on the top and four on the bottom.Premolars are the wider teeth that sit beside the canine teeth. Premolars are used to crush or grind the food.
  • Molars – There are eight molars, four on the top of the jaw and four on the bottom. These are the large, strong teeth that that sit in the back in the jaws.

It’s important for parents to remember that the timeline above is simply a guide. Each child’s tooth timeline is a little different, and this is ok. However, if you feel that your child has a problem with his or her baby teeth, please contact SpringRock Dental today. Our office is located in beautiful Aurora, CO.

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