DDS Jeff L. Buxton, DMD
O. Brent Black, DDS. 801.278.0458
Cottonwood Professional Plaza
1925 East 56000 South Salt Lake City, UT 84121
At birth people usually have 20 primary (baby) teeth, which often erupt through the gums as early as six months of age.
These teeth are then shed at various times throughout childhood. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually erupted.
Getting to know your teeth is fun! Learn all about your teeth with our fun, interactive, and educational diagrams:
Primary lower central incisors erupt.
Primary upper central incisors erupt.
Primary upper & lower lateral incisors erupt.
First molars erupt. The upper molars generally erupt before the lower molars. Average age of shed: 9-11 years.
Canines erupt. The upper canines generally erupt before the lower canines. Average age of shed: 9-12 years.
Second molars erupt. Generally the lower molars erupt first, followed by the upper molars. Average age of shed: 10-12 years.
The primary upper and lower central incisors are shed, and the permanent upper and lower first molars and lower central incisors erupt.
The primary upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the permanent upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors erupt.
The permanent upper lateral incisors erupt and the primary upper first molars are shed.
The primary upper and lower canines and the lower first molars are shed, and the permanent lower canines erupt.
The primary upper and lower 2nd molars are shed, and the permanent upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.
The permanent upper and lower 2nd molars erupt.
The upper and lower 3rd molars (or wisdom teeth) erupt.
You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day to remove plaque and to prevent tooth decay. Follow the steps below for proper brushing. Contact your doctor if you have any questions.
Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum.
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.