Teeth are a unique body part in a sense that none of the other organs change in a mannerism quite similar to it. We are born with no teeth. Then we grow some, called baby tooth. Even these fall off later and make way for newer, stronger ones. But if these fall, then bad luck, and we are back to being toothless.
Here is a quick read through all the different phases our teeth will go through. When it is in our mouth during childhood, when it gets replaced as we grow, when it becomes ‘sick’, and how or when it grows old and dies – or falls.
Teeth start to form inside the gum merely six weeks after the child is conceived. But they still remain inside the gum even after childbirth. The teething phase will generally start after two to four months from birth and take up to three years for all of them to come out. This time can be considered as the period when your teeth were born to take its place in this world err, your month.
The baby teeth, after few years in your mouth technically become older (even though it still gets referred to as baby teeth) and then steps aside to give space for the new and stronger ‘adult teeth’ (even though by experience they are babies!?). Talk about revolutionaries.
What happens here is that the roots of the baby teeth will experience some pressure as the adult teeth start to form inside the gum. The process usually starts at ages six to eight. Now this pressure makes the roots break down, which then gets reabsorbed back into the gums. Without the roots, the baby teeth become loose and start to fall.
When a baby tooth falls naturally, the root has already been reabsorbed and the crown of the new adult tooth becomes visible. It will take roughly six months for it to surface and take its place.
Molar teeth, the ones which grows on your sides, are of three different kinds based on position. The molars which are located last as well as come out last are referred to as wisdom teeth. These have a tendency to disrupt the order in which your teeth are placed and disrupts the lining.
Now the wisdom teeth were something needed by our ancestors to chew down hardmeat, butt in today’s lifestyle it can be considered to be vestigial. And as such, many prefer to have them removed.
When the teeth become older with age, the enamel starts to break down and it becomes more susceptible to cavities. Also with age, salivary glands start to lose their juice, literally, and periodontal disease can show up. If your teeth have survived this far, then take good care of it to keep your safe distance from a ‘soup and mashed potato’ diet.
When the baby teeth start to come out it can be primarily of three colours. Milk white, yellowish or even bluish. All these colorizations are completely normal and nothing to be afraid about. For example, blue teeth in children can be due to a thin layer of enamel or bigger nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth. This will get better with age.
But teeth discoloration in adulthood is indicative of one health related problem or the other and hence it should be kept in check always. Routine visits to the dentist’s can keep oral diseases at bay. In case that you live in the Gold Coast and need an intervention of a dentist who is open on Saturdays, MGA Dental is the best choice.