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How many teeth do we have?

How many teeth do we have?

How many teeth do we have? Have you ever thought about it? Well, the answer depends on a few factors, the biggest one being age. Children and adults have a different set of teeth. So, how many teeth do children have?

Children's teething

Children have their teething starting at around six months of age. The technical term for these teeth is deciduous teeth because they eventually fall, just as the leaves fall from the deciduous trees in the fall. Most people know these teeth by the name of infant dentition, although they are also called milk teeth or primary teeth.

In all, children have 20 teeth of milk - 10 in the upper part and 10 in the lower part. These teeth act as placeholders for the adult teeth that will grow after the milk teeth fall. Remember that just because these teeth are meant to fall does not mean that they should not be cared in the same way as permanent teeth. Develop healthy eating and brushing habits should begin right after your child begins teething. By age six most children begin to lose their milk teeth, which will be replaced by permanent teeth. This process continues through early adolescence.

Permanent teeth

Adults have more teeth than children; most adults have 32 teeth. Among these teeth, there are 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars (including 4 wisdom teeth). Most people have the full set of adult teeth as they reach adolescence. It is common for adults to extract their wisdom teeth because there is not always enough space for these teeth to grow comfortably without causing misalignment of other teeth. So, how many teeth do we have? Usually children are 20 and adults are 32 (28 if wisdom teeth are drawn). And each of them needs care. Learn more about taking care of your teeth at the Colgate Oral Health Information Center.


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