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A Mouth in a Glance: Your Tooth Calendar

Ever wonder when your adult central incisor comes in?? Probably not, but there is a method to the madness of tooth eruption. "What is tooth eruption?", you might ask. It's just a fancy way of saying when a tooth comes in...and it turns out that there's a very specific order and timing to it. Which we of course have completely dissected, diagrammed and delivered to you! So without further ado, ladies and gentleman, Lowry Dental presents Your Tooth Calendar.

Why do we have baby teeth?

Primary or baby teeth perform several different jobs: They enable children to chew, eat, and speak normally. They also act as placeholders for the secondary or permanent teeth to make sure they grow into their proper place and alignment. If somebody loses their baby teeth prematurely, whether through injury or extraction, it can result in problems like malocclusion or crowding.

A baby’s jaws simply aren’t large enough to accommodate the permanent teeth, which is why people have two sets of teeth. Most people have 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth.

When do teeth grow in?

Babies are typically born toothless. The first teeth to grow in are the central incisors or front teeth on the bottom jaw, which typically emerge when the baby is around six months old. Children typically have a full set of primary teeth by the time they are between two and three two years old.

Permanent teeth start to grow in when a child is around six years old. Most of them have grown in by the time the child is thirteen years old. The third molars or wisdom teeth are the last to erupt and don’t emerge until the patient is in their late teens or early 20s.

Baby Teeth:

Adult Teeth:

Lowry Dental is a dental office in Boise that puts a premium on family dentistry. The dentists themselves are a father-and-sons trio who provide services for patients of all ages. Contact Lowry Dental to learn more about a dentist in Boise or to schedule an appointment.


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