Did you know that your teeth start developing even before you are born? It is true! Tooth buds begin to develop between the 6th and 8th week of pregnancy. A baby is only the size of a kidney bean at that point, but teeth take a lot of time to build up. Keep reading to learn more about how your smile and teeth change and develop throughout your life.
Newborn – 1 Year
New parents know that teething is one of the hardest parts of being a baby. Teething is when a baby’s primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, erupt. This process generally starts between the ages of 4 and 10 months, but each child is different. It is encouraged for a baby to see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth has erupted.
Toddlers – Age 7
Most children have all 20 baby teeth come in before their third birthday, with the majority of them erupting by the time they are two. But no two children are exactly the same when it comes to those sweet baby teeth grins. This age is an important time to teach good oral hygiene and set healthy dental habits. Around the age of 6, teeth will begin to loosen and fall out, making room for permanent teeth to start coming in. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic appointment at the age of 7.
Around the age of 12 or 13, a child’s permanent teeth will all have erupted, with the exception of wisdom teeth. During this stage of dental development, orthodontics is a common treatment for teens. Twice-yearly dental appointments are important to maintain good oral health and good brushing and flossing habits should be monitored by parents. Between the ages of 17 and 21, wisdom teeth will typically begin to erupt. It is common for wisdom teeth to be removed before or after erupting to prevent dental or orthodontic complications like tooth crowding, headaches, damage to other teeth, or other issues.
As You Age- Things keep changing over time
Even though all your permanent teeth have come in and you have finished with orthodontic treatment, does not mean that your mouth and smile are finished changing. Here are 4 things about oral development that you might not have considered.
1. Wear and tear – Teeth naturally get worn down over time but do not worry – they are exceptionally strong too! To prevent problems related to regular dental degeneration, make sure to keep up with a good dental routine of brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.
2. Shifting teeth – Even after orthodontics, teeth can still shift as your jaw continues to grow and your face changes. That is why it is critically important to wear your retainer just as Dr. Campbell directs.
3. Dry mouth – As your skin tends to get dryer as you age, so does your mouth. If dry mouth becomes a problem, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and try a specialty mouthwash.
4. Yellowing of teeth – As tooth enamel naturally wears down, teeth can begin to appear more yellow. There are also several lifestyle choices such as foods, drinks, and smoking that can stain teeth. The good news is there are several teeth whitening options out there!
All Stages of Your Smile
No matter your age, at Campbell Orthodontics, we are able to care for people in all stages of their smile! Whether you are a 7-year-old coming in for your first consultation or a teen coming in for regular braces appointments, we have got you covered! Contact us today!