About Teeth

Girl_3.jpgAdvice on Tooth Eruption in Young Children & Infants from Your Local Montgomery & Wetumpka Pediatric Dentists

Did you know that throughout a person's life they will have two sets of teeth? It is important that you treat each set of teeth as important as the other, as oral health can have many implications on overall health throughout a lifetime. Drs. Schreiber, Cumbus and Thomas want parents to be aware of the time frame that teeth grow in as well as how they can help guide their children toward good oral hygiene.

Primary Teeth

Between the ages of 6 and 8 months, the primary (baby) teeth will begin to erupt in infants. It is important that parents care for their infant's mouth even before these teeth grow in, as this will help to insure that the new teeth grow in decay free. All 20 teeth should be in place by the age of 3, and it is important to make sure the baby teeth stay strong and healthy as they help guide in the new permanent teeth.

Permanent Teeth

The permanent teeth will begin to grow in around age 6, and with the exception of wisdom teeth, should all be in place between the ages of 12 and 14.

  • Ages 6-7
    Typically, the upper and lower first molars erupt, while the upper and lower central incisors are shed and the lower central incisors erupt.
  • Ages 7-8
    The upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the upper central and lower lateral incisors erupt.
  • Ages 8-9
    The upper first molars are shed, and the upper lateral incisors erupt.
  • Ages 9-10
    The upper first molars are shed, and the upper lateral incisors erupt.
  • Ages 10-12
    All four second baby molars are shed. The upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.
  • Ages 12-13
    The four second molars erupt.
  • Ages 17-21
    The four third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, erupts.

The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth, which is why many will have to have their wisdom teeth 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 important that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by a dentist are followed.

Schedule Your Child's First Visit With Dr. Schreiber or Dr. Cumbus

At Dentistry for Children, we strongly recommend that your child come visit us for the first time by the time they turn 1 year old. Please contact us at our Montgomery, AL office if you would like to schedule an appointment. To make an appointment to see us at our Wetumpka office, please call our regular office line at (334) 277-6830.

We look forward to meeting you and your child, and helping to ensure a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles!