About Teeth

Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. At age 6-8 months, the primary lower central incisors will usually appear; you can expect all 20 primary teeth to be fully erupted around age 3.

Permanent first molars will begin to erupt around age 6 and are widely known as the "six year molars". Except for wisdom teeth, all permanent teeth will be present between the ages 12 and 14. The second set of permanent molars to grow in are the 12-year molars and finally the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through from age 17 and on. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth. This is why wisdom teeth are usually removed.

Your front teeth are called incisors, there are 4 on the upper jaw and 4 on the lower jaw. The sharp “fang-like” teeth are canines or sometimes called "eye teeth". The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is vital that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by a dentist are followed every 6 months.