Growth and Development in Chestnut Hill, MA

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Dental Growth and Development Overview

There are several stages of oral development that last from the time a child is born until around the age of 21. During these years, teeth are constantly growing, erupting, and even falling out, all while the jaw is gradually expanding. These many variables can make it extremely easy for any number of teeth to become misaligned or damaged. Common long-lasting issues caused by poor dental care during any one or more of these phases include:

  • Worn teeth
  • Difficulty biting
  • TMJ disorders
  • Dental misalignment

Luckily, avoiding this never-ending list of potential problems is extremely easy. Schedule regular dental appointments for your family, from infancy through adulthood. The talented team of dentists, orthodontists, and hygienists at Chestnut Hill Dental are highly trained in identifying these issues at the earliest possible sign. With regular visits to our practice in Chestnut Hill, MA, we can monitor the growth and development of the teeth and jaw, as well as the related eruption patterns of the teeth. This, combined with proper oral care at home, will result in gorgeous teeth that will last a lifetime.

What are Primary Teeth?

Within 6 – 12 months of a child being born, their first set of teeth will begin to emerge from their gums. This original set of teeth is known as the primary teeth. This phase is relatively short — often finishing by the age of three — but that does not make it unimportant. In fact, the position of the baby teeth can directly impact the trajectory of the child's future rows of teeth. Excessive thumb-sucking, pacifier use, and teeth grinding are just a few of the behaviors our team can identify and solve before they cause any lasting damage to the teeth.

What are Adult Teeth?

At six years old, the baby teeth usually begin to fall out and are gradually replaced by new adult teeth. This process can take around six years until all of the new teeth have grown in, displaying a full mouth of permanent teeth. Without the help of a dentist or orthodontist, some complications can hinder the natural development of these teeth and cause a variety of issues that could need correction later in life. Our experienced staff is able to diagnose any underlying problems and allow the teeth to grow in their ideal position.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

The last set of teeth that usually grow in are often referred to as the wisdom teeth. While there are four possible spots for these teeth to grow, some patients may only have 1 – 3 or even none. The risk with these teeth is that it is likely they will grow out of alignment and push the existing adult teeth out of place. For this reason, it is one of the most important times to maintain the proper dental examination schedule. If we can keep track of the eruption patterns and alignment, we will have a better idea of how we can keep the teeth in excellent shape. 

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A Natural Smile is Always in Style

Consistent, proper care for your teeth can help you avoid more complicated options, like braces and retainers, in a few years. It's as simple as brushing and flossing twice a day and scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings to keep your oral health in peak shape. Schedule an appointment for your family at Chestnut Hill Dental today to put them on their first step toward a natural, healthy smile.

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