Understanding The Differences Between Primary And Permanent Teeth

June 27, 2019

Do you remember the first time you felt a shaky tooth off your gum or the first tooth that fell out? Losing our deciduous teeth is a rite of passage which all of us will, and have experienced. However, being gone through it does not necessarily mean that we understand our teeth, it is essential that you understand the differences between our primary and permanent teeth and how to properly care for it. This will help you to maintain healthy oral care and put the brightest smile on your face.

Understanding Primary Teeth

Primary teeth, also known as our milk teeth or deciduous teeth erupts first at the age of 6 to 7 months old and would usually completely erupt by around the age of 3, in time for a child’s facial bone and jaw to grow. Permanent teeth start replacing the primary teeth at about 6 to 7 years old. Children usually have about 20 primary teeth while should eventually fall off before they become adolescent. Primary teeth have thinner enamel making them appear much whiter than permanent teeth, and it has shorter and thinner roots compared to the adult teeth.

When Do We Get Our Permanent Teeth?

As our milk teeth falls out, the permanent teeth grows in its place, replacing all the primary teeth and most children will possess 28 permanent adult teeth by the age of 13. Depending on genetics and environmental factors, the remaining four teeth known as wisdom teeth usually erupt between ages 17 to 21, though it is possible for people to be missing one or more wisdom teeth. It is important to consult a qualified dentist on your wisdom tooth as it might require surgical procedures to extract it if the growth is affecting the rest of your teeth.

What Is the Difference Between Primary And Permanent teeth?

As their name suggests, primary teeth is the first set of teeth each of us own, and it acts as placeholders before the permanent set of adult teeth takes over. Aside from the difference in the number of primary and permanent teeth, permanent teeth is bigger in size and has longer roots embedded deep in our gums. Our set of permanent teeth has a total of 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars erupt which is more than our set of primary teeth that has no premolars and 4 lesser molars erupt. The enamel in our set of permanent teeth is less permeable and more calcified. Our set of adult teeth is built to last.

Caring For Primary And Permanent Teeth

Some parents neglect educating their child on the proper oral care as the primary baby teeth is destined to fall out and be replaced by stronger and more lasting set of adult teeth, it is important to cultivate good oral habits so that your child learns the importance and sees it through their life to care for their teeth. You do not want poor oral hygiene to affect the alignment of your child’s permanent teeth.

It is highly recommended that we visit the dentist regularly, especially after gaining our set of permanent teeth. Your dentist will be able to identify the potential issues before it becomes a permanent problem. Book an appointment now for a consultation!

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