Your Tooth Timeline From Child to Adult

It's a well-known fact that natural teeth will outlive their human owner. Did you know that teeth will stop decaying once a person dies and can remain intact even after thousands of years of being buried underground? Naturally, you stop using your teeth (both natural and artificial ones) when you die, but before that happens, you will have spent years relying on them for eating, speaking, and for doing other things.

It’s good to know when and how teeth come out and develop. Here is a typical tooth timeline and some useful ideas and tips for maintaining good oral health from birth and until old age:

0 to 12 months

At this stage, the first tooth in babies erupts. Although babies do not have a complete set of teeth, it is important that their mouth and gums (and any existing teeth) are kept healthy and clean all the time. You can do this by wrapping a wet washcloth around your forefinger to clean the baby’s gums (until the first tooth erupts) and tongue. You can start using a toothbrush once the first tooth has grown in. Also, avoid bottle-feeding your child at bedtime since this can cause baby bottle tooth decay. 

It is highly recommended that you bring your baby to a dentist after his or her first birthday.

1 to 3 years

During this time, more baby and primary teeth will come out. Parents need to brush their child’s teeth daily. It is also best for kids to drink water using sippy cups.

Kids will also start having teething pains. If this happens, rub your child’s gums with your finger to ease the pain. You can also give them a frozen teething ring to bite on or apply pain relief gels to the affected area. You will also have to bring your child to his or her pediatric dentist every six months for checkups.

3 to 7 years

At this stage, your child will start losing his or her baby or primary teeth and the first permanent molars will begin to appear. Kids can start brushing their teeth on their own but under the supervision of their parents. They can use regular toothpaste with fluoride but a pea-sized portion should only be used during brushing. 

It is still important for the child to visit his or her dentist twice a year for professional cleaning and checkups. 

7 to 13 years

At this time, kids will lose all baby teeth and may start developing cavities in their permanent teeth. To minimize this, they have to brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and limit their intake of sugary and starchy foods. Semi-annual visits to the dentist are also a must. Depending on the case, the dentist may recommend the use of braces or suggest a visit to an orthodontist. 

13 to 19 years

Teenagers may be recommended to get braces. They are also more prone to getting cavities on their teeth. Because of this, following the correct oral hygiene practices is important. Teenagers will also be recommended to wear mouth guards when playing sports. Regular checkups by the dentist are crucial as well.

19 to 25 years

During these years, wisdom teeth may erupt. Signs of gingivitis and oral cancer may also appear. Proper oral hygiene is still very important as well as visits to the dentist every six months. If wisdom teeth are causing discomfort to a person, they can be removed based on the recommendation of the dentist.

25 to 65 years

As you get older, cavities around existing fillings and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth become more common. There will also be an increase in teeth sensitivity. To strengthen damaged teeth, crowns may be used. Different dental treatments and solutions may also be recommended to replace permanent tooth loss and help with gum loss. Practicing oral hygiene and paying scheduled visits to the dentist are crucial to help minimize the risk of different dental problems.

65 years and above

Various dental problems will start appearing once you turn 65. These include tooth and gum loss, cavities, and dry mouth due to the salivary glands not working because of different medications. Seniors will do well to drink plenty of water and avoid smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and sweets to prevent dry mouth. Proper dental habits are still essential and so are visits to the dentist every 6 months.

Practicing good dental habits and visiting your dentist twice a year are recurring concepts. To avoid severe dental problems, for a start, brush your teeth and floss every day. If you are looking for a family dentist in Dublin, OH, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We promise to give you the best quality dental care and services. We can also check your insurance to see if the treatments you need can be covered.