Children’s primary teeth (baby teeth) are only 20 in count, while adults’ teeth are 32 (including the 4 wisdom teeth). The major difference is that children do not have their premolars, but only molars. Normally a child would have 20 teeth until they are about 10-12 years old. This is because the premolars erupt at about this age.
The eruption of baby’s first tooth is a sign that it’s time for baby’s first visit to the dentist. Dr. Reilly and our hygienists can tell you about potential problems to watch for and how best to care for your child’s teeth. Baby teeth decay is often caused by leaving a baby bottle with a sleeping infant. The bacteria from the mouth interacts with the baby bottle content and weakens the tooth structure.
Decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them.