How many teeth do we have?
Well, the answer depends on a few factors, the biggest factor being age. Children and adults have different sets of teeth. Our Saskatoon dental team at Neesh Dental care the tooth facts in our latest dental article.
So, how many teeth do children and adults actually have on average? Lets start with children teeth.
Children begin teething around six months of age. The technical term for these early teeth is deciduous teeth, because they eventually fall out, just as leaves fall of from deciduous trees in autumn. Most people know these teeth as baby teeth, though they are also sometimes called milk teeth or primary teeth.In all, children have 20 baby teeth – 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. These teeth act as placeholders for the adult teeth that grow in after the baby teeth fall out. Keep in mind that just because these teeth are destined to fall out, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be cared for the same way that adult teeth are cared for. Developing healthy eating and brushing habits should begin shortly after your child begins teething. At about age six most children begin to lose their baby teeth, which are then replaced with adult teeth. This process will continue into their early teens.
Adults have more teeth than children; most adults have 32 teeth.
• Incisors (8 total): The middlemost four teeth on the upper and lower jaws.
• Canines (4 total): The pointed teeth just outside the incisors.
• Premolars (8 total): Teeth between the canines and molars.
• Molars (8 total): Flat teeth in the rear of the mouth, best at grinding food.
• Wisdom teeth or third molars (4 total): These teeth erupt at around age 18, but are often surgically removed to prevent displacement of other teeth.