At Jordan Landing Smiles in West Jordan, we are dedicated to your dental health. We recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.
Healthy teeth and gums are a key component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrassment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The dentists at Jordan Landing Smiles want to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your strength in any way.
We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which are often called ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.
Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. These are your ‘wisdom teeth’.
Many adults have their wisdom teeth pulled because they can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. As dentists we usually recommend extraction, because they can cause problems later in life and are much easier to pull while you’re still young.