Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. At age 6-8 months, the primary teeth appear; all 20 are in place by age 3.
Permanent teeth will begin to grow around age 6, and except for wisdom teeth, are all present between ages 12 and 14. The next teeth 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. The sharp “fang-like” teeth are canines. 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.
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One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Nikki Green would like everyone in Fort Worth to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums – should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch […]
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There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Fort Worth Cosmetic & Family Dentistry talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Nikki Green knows that folks in Fort Worth like to […]
Cold sore. Fever blister. Herpes simplex virus-1. These babies go by a lot of different names, but the experience is always the same: Tell-tale burning or itching near the lip Red bump appears a day or so later Bump becomes a cluster of blisters Blisters dry up and scab over The scab falls off The […]
We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. […]
Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and […]
It’s often said that a true friend will tell you if you have bad breath. Bad breath, formally known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can hold you back from truly enjoying your life and social situations. Like a good friend, Dr. Nikki Green in Fort Worth will tell it to you straight. Read more below […]
To make the most of out of your Invisalign treatment, proper care and use is important. Make sure to follow the instructions provided by your dentist and commit to a strict dental hygiene routine to further protect the health of your teeth and gums and avoid any complications. Once you start wearing Invisalign, you may […]
Are you considering having your teeth straightened? You probably already know about your two main options: traditional braces and Invisalign. What do you need to know in order to make up your mind on which to choose? Efficacy, affordability, comfort, convenience — these are some of the factors that you need to consider. While both […]
Dental veneers treatment requires three dental visits. During the first visit, our dentist, Dr. Nikki Green, will evaluate your teeth and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. If veneers are suitable for your condition, you will need to come back for two more sessions where the veneers will be applied. Initial […]