Pediatric Dental Specialists of Atlanta


About Teeth

Over the course of your lifetime, you’ll have two sets of teeth: the primary (or baby) teeth and the secondary (or permanent) teeth. Baby teeth start to emerge between 6 to 8 months of age, with all 20 typically in place by the time a child is 3 years old.

Permanent teeth start to come in around the age of 6, and by the ages of 12 to 14, except for the wisdom teeth, the full set should have emerged. The molars that appear at age 12 are followed by the emergence of wisdom teeth, which usually start to come through from the age of 17 onwards. There are 32 permanent teeth in total, but many people don’t have enough space in their mouth for all of them, leading to the common practice of removing wisdom teeth.

The teeth at the front of your mouth are known as incisors. The pointed teeth next to them are the canines. Following these are the pre-molars or bicuspids, and the rearmost teeth are the molars. Your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, making regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups essential for maintaining their health.

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