Teeth are not quite as unique as snowflakes, however, they do vary in size, shape and location in the jaw. These differences in the teeth are what give our face shape and form and how we chew, speak or smile. Did you know that we are born with 20 baby teeth (a/k/a “primary teeth”) that will begin to “erupt” or break through at about 6 months, and, by age 12, all 32 of our permanent teeth have usually erupted?
A Child’s Smile
There are many gap-toothed photos of you in your parents’ family albums. Face it, all of a sudden your “cuteness quotient” goes down substantially when you begin losing those baby teeth. The first teeth to go are the lower center teeth (a/k/a the lower center incisors) at approximately 6 to 7 years old. Next are the top center pair. It’s scary looking when you resemble a Halloween pumpkin, but, at least the Tooth Fairy helps make this time bearable. Happily, a baby tooth typically doesn’t loosen until the permanent tooth below pushes it up to take its place.
When Do Teeth Start to Age?
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Here’s some fun facts and figures you can sink your teeth into. They are guaranteed to give you a grin, maybe even make you LOL and show everyone your pearly whites.
Whether you’re long in the tooth and wear them, or poor dental hygiene or an accident caused you to lose your natural teeth and wear dentures, they are not really a laughing matter, though many people poke fun at artificial teeth. Some folks are blessed to get dentures that fit perfectly, while others resort to leaving their teeth in a glass, taking them out only to eat meals.
Dentures are funny only when they are a wind-up pair of choppers that hop on plastic feet until they wind down. When we were kids, we delighted in those waxy, fang-like dentures that we stuck over our natural teeth, and when we tired of that gag, we chewed them up, their sticky red substance glomming all over our lips – ahh, youth.
We know there are many ways that people describe dentures, among them: choppers, store-bought teeth, china clippers, falsies, china chompers, box teeth, chain-store teeth and take-out teeth. Some people even refer to the place where they clean and soak their dentures as a chopper-hopper. Most people who wear dentures just grin and bear it – that is some 20 million people in the USA that wear dentures by the way.
Dentures or partial plates have been around for a while, in fact…
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