about your teeth

Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. The primary teeth appear around ages 6-8 months, and all 20 are in place by age 3.

Permanent teeth will begin to erupt around age 6. With the exception of wisdom teeth, all permanent teeth are usually present between ages 12 and 14. Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through around age 17. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth, which is why wisdom teeth are usually 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; therefore, it is important that they are brushed and flossed regularly. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for check-ups.