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The development of our children is really incredibly rapid. As a parent, you think you can just remember the nights with the teething baby when the little teeth are already falling out again and the permanent teeth are coming in.
Many babies get their first teeth in pain, have hot cheeks and maybe even a fever. Fortunately, this is not the case with all new teeth. When the permanent teeth come in, you notice almost nothing. They grow almost unnoticed. Suddenly you have a molar that wasn’t there before.
It only gets exciting for the children and the family again when the upper incisor is only hanging by a “thread” and has to be courageously pulled out to make room for the new one.
The complete change of dentition takes about until the age of 18, if you include the wisdom teeth.
If you take good care of your teeth throughout your life and visit the dentist regularly, you should have several decades of peace and quiet.
Teeth Are Formed Already During Pregnancy
The miracle of nature makes it that the plant of the teeth is already developed at the beginning of pregnancy. Even if not yet in sight at all, all teeth are completely “present” at birth. At the age of about two and a half to three years, all 20 small milk teeth are complete in most children. Until about the age of six, nothing usually changes in children tooth-wise.
How Is It That Milk Teeth Fall Out Without Effort
The other day, the mother of an 8-year-old girl told me that the little girl wanted to know from her mom why the milk teeth don’t have to be pulled out by the dentist, but fall out on their own. We then researched together on the Internet why this is really the case. Quite simply, nature knows that it is now the teeth’s “turn”. The teeth pushing in cause the roots of the small milk teeth to dissolve. This causes the milk teeth to fall out painlessly.
It can take months before a permanent tooth grows in the gap. Parents do not have to worry if the gap does not fill immediately.
When and in what order do the permanent teeth come in?
Teeth change between the 6th and 9th year of life
The first second teeth are the molars – the sixes – the lower ones grow first then the upper ones. They fill a gap in the jaw behind the last milk tooth. No milk tooth has to give way for the sixes.
- lower middle incisors
- upper central incisors
- lower lateral incisors
- upper lateral incisors
The child is now about new years old
Teeth change between the 9th and 12th year of life
- upper small molars
- lower canines
- lower small molars
- second upper small molars
- second lower small molars
- upper canines
- lower second small molars
- second large molar as the back tooth
In total, the child should now have 28 teeth. Wisdom teeth often grow around the 18th birthday. Sometimes it takes even longer, and some wisdom teeth never come in or lie across the jaw without causing problems.
Dental Care From The Very Beginning – Not Just When The Permanent Teeth Come In
You might assume that baby teeth don’t necessarily need to be taken care of very well, since they’re going to fall out anyway. There are a lot of reasons why this is wrong. However, I would like to mention one incredibly important point here that may not be known. This is that it is possible for a diseased baby tooth to already infect the permanent teeth still in the jaw directly below it, and therefore damage can occur.