You probably remember losing your first tooth as a kid… Wiggling it with your tongue until it finally popped out on its own, or with the help of some floss and a doorknob… Being excited to put it under your pillow before bed and wake up to see what the tooth fairy left for you in it’s place. However, have you ever wondered about the actual life cycle of teeth? When did the baby ones come in? Why not just always have the same teeth? Keep reading and find out!
Life Cycle of Teeth
Babies are born without teeth and will usually begin teething between five and eight months old. This can be a painful process of the teeth growing in and cutting through the gums, starting with the front teeth and working backward through the mouth. All the teeth should be fully grown by the age of two. There will be no molars yet.
The second part of the life cycle of teeth happens between the ages of six and thirteen. This is when the permanent adult teeth begin to descend from pockets within the now fully developed jaw. The baby teeth, also known as milk teeth, will start to shift, loosen, and eventually fall out in order to make room. The first and second sets of molars also come in during this time.
Finally, between the ages of sixteen into possibly the late twenty’s, the wisdom teeth will come in. These are the final set of molars and usually when complications may arise. This could be because they come in crooked, become impacted, or simply because there isn’t enough room in the jaw for them. Most people will need their wisdom teeth removed at some time or another to avoid discomfort and/or a major shift in the rest of the teeth.
There you have it! The life cycle of teeth! Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already have your permanent teeth. Remember to take care of them so they last as long as you do, and make regular dental appointments! Call the office today, 866-604-3327, to schedule yours.