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At birth, people usually have 20
primary baby teeth that begin to
erupt at around 6 months of age.
Baby teeth are placeholders for
adult teeth. Baby teeth eventually
shed at various times throughout
childhood, and in most cases, 32
permanent adult teeth erupt.
While it is important to keep a
child's baby teeth clean, it’s
imperative that adult teeth are
regularly maintained. Dentists
generally recommend starting
regular dental cleanings and
examinations as soon as the
adult teeth begin to erupt. This
allows for optimum oral health.
• Baby teeth have thinner enamel and dentin.
• Baby teeth are whiter.
• Baby teeth have shorter roots so adult teeth
can develop underneath.
• Baby teeth have fewer mamelons (the
bumps on top of the incisors).
The Root anchors the tooth in the
mouth and is not visible unless there
is severe gum disease.
Cementum coats the roots of the
teeth and attaches the teeth to the
periodontal ligament, which is
connected to the bone.
Enamel coats each tooth and is the
hardest substance in the body,
giving each tooth strength. However,
it can easily be dissolved by acids
that cause plaque.
Dentin is a layer right
under the enamel and is
almost as hard as bone,
but it is flexible.
Pulp is the innermost
layer that provides
nutrition to the tooth as
well as the nerves that
transmit pain to the brain.
The Gingiva (Gums) form a
sheath around the teeth that
protects the underlying bone.
The Periodontal Ligament
attaches the teeth to the bone
and sends sensory information
to the brain.
Bone holds the tooth in its
place. The bone constantly
remodels itself in response to
forces in the mouth.
Minimizing exposure to foods and drinks with
sugar can reduce the risk of tooth decay. To
prevent tooth decay:
• Limit the time allowed to consume sugary
food and drink.
• Restrict sippy cups to water only.
• Don’t allow going to sleep with a bottle.
• Brush and floss after meals.
• Make routine visits to a pediatric dentist.
Take care of adult teeth with the same
consistency learned in childhood, with
regular visits to the dentist and brushing
and flossing after meals. Adult teeth will last
a lifetime when properly cared for, and
remember, there isn’t an alternate set ready
to grow if something should happen.
Dental Kidz Club encourages children to maintain proper oral
hygiene through education. Our offices offer a fun and exciting
atmosphere with televisions and DVD players in exam rooms
where you can bring your own DVD to the appointment. Some
locations even offer video games in the waiting area.
We strive to make kids feel excited about visiting the dentist. Visit
us online at www.dentalkidzclub.com or call 844-255-5439 to
schedule your child’s appointment today!
It is important to maintain proper care of baby
teeth and adult teeth. There are many
differences between the two sets, including the
number of teeth, permanence, and type of risks
leading to tooth decay. Regular dentist check-
ups should begin upon initial eruption of adult