You’re never too young to start learning about your teeth. More than 40% of kids have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, but understanding more about your teeth can help you keep them healthy and strong. Here are a few important facts about teeth for you and your kids.

Baby Teeth

  • Baby teeth, sometimes called milk teeth, start developing before a baby’s even born. However, tooth eruption doesn’t happen until six months to one year, which is when baby teeth first become visible. A childs first dentist appointment should be made once baby teeth have started to show.
  • Kids have fewer baby teeth than they will adult teeth. A full set of baby teeth includes 20 teeth, but a full set of permanent adult teeth includes 32 teeth. Most people will have a full set of permanent teeth around age twelve or thirteen, but it might take less or more time than that depending on the person.

Different Teeth Types

  • Not all teeth are shaped the same. A full set of teeth includes molars, premolars, canines, and incisors. Some people will also have wisdom teeth, which grow in behind the molars. Not everyone gets them, and sometimes wisdom teeth need to be removed because the jaw is too small to fit them.
  • Different types of teeth are designed to do different things. Molars are flatter and help you grind food up to make it safe to swallow. Incisors and canines are sharper, and you use them to tear and bite food into smaller chunks.

Dental Health Fun Facts

  • Taking good care of your teeth doesn’t just mean brushing your teeth. Flossing helps keep your gums healthy and removes food bits from in between your teeth; this helps keep plaque away to prevent cavities and other dental diseases.
  • Are you brushing your teeth long enough? Experts suggest brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth for long enough by humming a song while you brush.

Knowing a little more about teeth and dental health can make a childs first dentist visit a bit less intimidating. To learn more about pediatric dental care or to schedule a first dental appointment, contact Pediatric Dental Care today.

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