We get our first tooth around the ages of 4 – 6 months old; these teeth will begin to fall out from the ages of 6 to make way for your adult teeth.
All of your adult teeth should be in your mouth by about the age of 13 and in some cases you can then start to get four more in the back. Two at the top and two at the bottom, these are called wisdom teeth. Our teeth are made up of different shapes and sizes and all have different jobs to do in our mouths. We use our teeth to chew food therefore ensuring good nutrition. Our teeth help us talk and pronounce sounds correctly and they give our face its shape.
If any teeth are lost it can impact on the job the ones left are meant to do and impact your life. A gap in your mouth where a tooth once was will encourage the teeth around the gap to move and they will start to fill the space, so you can end up with crooked and misaligned teeth. The mouth can sink into the gap and change the way you smile resulting in loss of confidence. Not being able to eat all types of food due to loss of teeth can mean a lack of a well rounded diet which can lead to other medical problems. These are just a few of the problems which can occur due to a loss of a tooth or teeth.
It is important that you have regular dental checkups in order to identify any problems early on, in most cases early detection of a problem can mean it can be completely reversed. We only get two sets of teeth on our life time and the first set are designed to fall out and make way for our adult teeth, it’s important to take care of your teeth from the beginning. Unfortunately teeth can fall out for other reasons, not just neglect. Accidents and some medications can cause us to lose teeth; this is where we come in.
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