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About Teeth

Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. At age 6-8 months, the primary teeth appear; all 20 are in place by age 3.

Permanent teeth will begin to grow around age 6 and are all present between the ages of 12 and 14 except for the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through from age 17 and on. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth. This is why wisdom teeth are usually removed.

Your front teeth are called incisors. The sharp "fang-like" teeth are canines. The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is vital that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by a dentist are followed.

Age: 6-10 months

Primary lower central incisors erupt.

Age: 8-12 months

Primary upper central incisors erupt.

Age: 9-16 months

Primary upper & lower lateral incisors erupt.

Age: 13-19 months

First molars erupt. The upper molars generally erupt before the lower molars. Average age of shed: 9-11 years.

Age: 16-23 months

Canines erupt. The upper canines generally erupt before the lower canines. Average age of shed: 9-12 years.

Age: 23-33 months

Second molars erupt. Generally the lower molars erupt first, followed by the upper molars. Average age of shed: 10-12 years.

Age: 6-7 years

The primary upper and lower central incisors are shed, and the permanent upper and lower first molars and lower central incisors erupt.

Age: 7-8 years

The primary upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the permanent upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors erupt.

Age: 8-9 years

The permanent upper lateral incisors erupt and the primary upper first molars are shed.

Age: 9-10 years

The primary upper and lower canines and the lower first molars are shed, and the permanent lower canines erupt.

Age: 10-12 years

The primary upper and lower 2nd molars are shed, and the permanent upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.

Age: 11-13 years

The permanent upper and lower 2nd molars erupt.

Age: 17-21 years

The upper and lower 3rd molars (or wisdom teeth) erupt.

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