Tooth Development: From Birth to Old Age
Whether you’re eating lunch or talking to friends, your teeth typically there when you need them. Ubiquitous as they are, however, they grow and change quite a bit throughout your life—which is why family dentistry is important whether you’re eight years or eight decades old. Let’s take a closer look at the life of your teeth.
Before and After Birth
An embryo starts developing teeth at only eight weeks, and by birth they are fully formed in the jaw. Babies’ teeth first start to poke above the skin at six months or so, starting with the front teeth and moving back towards the molars. The complete teething process can take anywhere from a few months to two years.
These teeth don’t hang around for very long, though. Although the first set of teeth are necessary to help children learn to eat and talk, they aren’t adequate for an adult mouth. This is why a second set of teeth appear around age six. The adult set grows underneath the baby set, dissolving the roots. This makes the baby teeth loosen and fall out so the adult teeth can grow in.
Sometimes, however, these permanent teeth don’t come in quite straight. Braces, cosmetic surgery, or other family dentistry procedures may be required to help get them into place. Also, the wisdom teeth don’t erupt until the late teens, and they can be so poorly angled that they have to be removed altogether.
Adult Life and Old Age
After the teenage years, adults can expect many years of healthy teeth if they care for them correctly. If teeth aren’t properly cared for, however, old age can lead to receding gums, increased risk of infection, or darkened enamel. Proper care and regular visits to the dentist, however, can help keep your older teeth healthy—and help you get replacements if even you’ve already lost a few.
Your teeth are one of the strongest parts of your body, but you have to take care of them. From birth to death and everywhere in between, family dentistry can keep your mouth healthy. Contact Silverman Family Dentistry at (513) 984-3700 for help with your teeth.