Throughout your life you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. Primary teeth begin to appear at age 6-8 months in a person's life, and all 20 teeth are typically in place by age 3. Permanent teeth will often begin to appear around age 6, and begin replacing the primary teeth. All permanent teeth are present between ages 12-14 (with the exception of wisdom teeth). A person's wisdom teeth typically begin appearing around age 17, but few people have enough room for them. Upon the completion of an individual's dental development, they will have 32 teeth!
Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep throughout adulthood. It is important you maintain your personal health by flossing and brushing, in addition to regular check-ups from a dental professional.
The Shape of Things
There are four shapes of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars. Your front teeth are called incisors, there are a total of eight. The sharp teeth at the corners of the smile are canines, there are four total. Behind the canines are pre-molars or bicuspids, there are a total of eight of these. And lastly are the larger teeth at the back are known as molars, there twelve of these if you include your wisdom teeth.
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