Teeth and Aging – How Your Teeth Change With Age

How your teeth change with age and the dental problems you may face.

Baby Stages

Baby Stages

  • Baby teeth grow in starting as early as 6 months and continue through age 3.
  • Central incisors are first to erupt, while molars are last to come in.
  • First dentist Claremont visit is recommended by age 2.

Childhood

Childhood

  • From age 6 through age 12, baby teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth.
  • Front teeth fall out first and molars fall out last.

Teen Years

Teen Years

  • Full set of permanent teeth are in.
  • Wisdom teeth begin to row in during late teen years.
  • In most cases, wisdom teeth are extracted during late teen years or early adult years.

Early Adulthood

Early Adulthood

  • Tooth enamel gets worn from food and drink.
  • Tooth loss and gum disease become a greater risk due to poor diet, lax dental hygiene, and dry mouth from medications.
  • Increased risk of Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder

Middle Adulthood

Middle Adulthood

  • Dental work breaks down.
  • Increased risk of tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, and throat cancer.
  • Increased risk of plaque and tartar build up from poor dental hygiene and dry mouth caused by medication.

Late Adulthood

Late Adulthood

  • Tooth loss, the result of plaque and tartar build up and gum disease.
  • Dry mouth from prescriptions can accelerate plaque, tartar and germ growth.
  • Increased risk of mouth, throat, and tongue cancer.

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