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Baby teeth and adult teeth. what's the difference


Published on | The importance of learning to maintain proper care of baby teeth so you can take care of your teeth as an adult.

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Baby teeth and adult teeth. what's the difference

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. • 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).
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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 or call 844-255-5439 to schedule your child’s appointment today!
  10. 10. Summary 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 teeth.