Tooth Growth And Development

HealthyTeeth-Tooth DevelopmentWhat’s the difference between “baby” teeth and permanent teeth? At between six and ten months of age, most infants begin to get their “baby” teeth.

The Central Incisors (front middle teeth) usually come in first, and then teeth begin appearing on either side and work their way back to the second molars. By the time a child has reached three years old, most of the “baby” teeth should be present.

The process begins to repeat itself when the child is about seven years old. The Central Incisors fall out first and are replaced by permanent teeth. By the age of 21, most people have all of their permanent teeth.

“Baby” teeth are important because they hold the place for permanent teeth and help guide them into correct position. “Baby” teeth play an important role in the development of speech and chewing.

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