Dental Hygiene Association

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Life


Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth


In this video, it discusses how your teeth grow, types of teeth, dental care, and taking care of your teeth to prevent decay and cavities. Teeth begin to grow in children 6 months old and these are their primary teeth. These teeth fall out between the ages of 6-12 years old. They will be replaced by permanent teeth.

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Your primary teeth will have 10 in the upper and 10 in the lower jaw. When they fall out they will be replaced by 32 permanent teeth. Often children leave their teeth under their pillow for the tooth fairy. In the morning, they get a gift from the tooth fairy and the tooth is gone. This is a tradition in many US families. Incisors are sharp teeth used to cut foods into small pieces. Caine teeth are the sharpest and used to tear food into small pieces. Premolars have a flat biting and chewing surface and molars crush, chew, and grind food. These are the type of teeth we have in our mouth.

Bacteria builds up when you eat and causes plaque and tooth decay. You should brush your teeth twice daily and floss to remove food particles. Not caring for your teeth can lead to sore gums and inflammation. Try to avoid too much sugar in your diet as it causes tooth decay. Good dental care and visits to the dentist yearly are the keys to good health.

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