Healthy teeth and gums are a critical part of your overall health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrasment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team at Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect you in any way.
We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which many people call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months of age. An average youngster has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.
Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new, permanent teeth will grow in. Permanent teeth usually start coming in around age 6, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21. Because this is around the time we begin to get adult wisdom, they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.
Many people have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Other adults in the Derry keep these teeth because they are not causing problems. If you are concerned about the state of your wisdom teeth you can visit our local Derry office and we can help you make this important decision.
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