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How many teeth do children have compared to adults?
The answer is that children have 20 baby teeth and as children grow older, they will have 32 adult teeth. Adult teeth are also known as permanent teeth or secondary teeth. Fun fact permanent teeth start to develop in the jaws at birth and continue after a child is born. By about 21 years of age, the average person has 32 permanent teeth, which includes 16 in the upper jaw and 16 in the lower jaw. There are cases however when the third molars (aka wisdom teeth – do not develop or do not erupt). This then leaves a set of 28 permanent teeth which is considered normal too.
What are the differences between baby teeth vs adult teeth?
Baby teeth can be different from permanent teeth in many ways. Baby teeth can be whiter in color compared to adult permanent teeth which are actually more yellowish in color. It is also differ in that their outer shell, known as enamel, and the dentin layer are both thinner and weaker, and the pulp is larger relative to the size of the whole tooth. Other variable differences between adult and baby teeth include the number of teeth, eruption times, types of teeth, anatomy, and composition.
Are baby teeth as important as adult teeth?
Parents tend to think that looking after baby (primary) teeth isn’t as important as caring for adult (permanent) teeth, simply because baby teeth aren’t permanent and are meant to fall out anyway. In actuality, baby teeth are very important because, amongst other things, they enable children to chew food and speak properly. They also reserve the spaces in gum tissue for future adult teeth to grow.
When do baby teeth fall out and adult teeth grow in?
Typically around the age of about six years, baby teeth start to become ‘wobbly’ and fall out to make way for adultry. However it can also be normal for a child to lose their first tooth up to a year or two earlier or later than six years of age. Interestingly girls generally lose teeth earlier than boys and the first tooth to fall out is usually located in the front of the lower jaw.
Should I have a need do I remove baby or adult teeth?
While baby teeth are meant to come out in due time, permanent teeth are supposed to be, as the name implies, permanent. Removing a permanent tooth is a big deal, as it will not grow back and its removal forever changes your mouth.
What can I do to insure healthy baby and adult teeth?
Call our office for a consultation and to schedule an infant dental exam. Dr. Albert Kim is a trusted dentist in Richmond, TX, with convenient access to the communities of Harvest Green, Long Meadows, Pecan Grove, Cinco Ranch, Sugarland, and Mission Bend. Highline Dental offers state-of-the-art family dentistry and pediatric dentistry. Call for your appointment today at (832) 220-9324. We look forward to meeting you and your family!