Everyone is going to get old someday, whether we like it or not, and our teeth are going to age with us. 70,80,90, or even 100 years is quite a long time for teeth to stay white and healthy. Especially when they are used multiple times per day to chew and bite down on food. They also take quite a bit of abuse from acidic drinks, fizzy drinks, and alcohol. Luckily, our teeth are very strong, and will stand up to anything thrown at them, if they are cleaned 2-3 times per day. But, the aging process is still going to take its toll on your smile.
Your baby teeth come in at around 6 months-1-year-old. From then, you learn how to eat, chew, swallow, and breathe all at the same time. When you turn six or seven, your baby teeth will start to fall out. By the time you are twelve, you should be getting your 12yr molars in. Your baby teeth are essentially a practice set. Your adult teeth that come in after all the baby teeth are gone are permanent, which means you will have those for the rest of your life.
Your adult teeth begin to pop up when your baby teeth begin to fall out. They essentially push baby teeth out of the socket, so they can grow in. your dentist will give you a lot of information on how to care for your adult teeth. This is important information, because they are the only teeth you will have forever. Keeping them clean and healthy early on and throughout your lifetime is essential to keep a nice, natural smile.
To keep adult teeth strong and healthy throughout the decades of your life, stay away from very hard edibles, like ice or hard candy. They can chip off the enamel without you knowing about it. Eventually, that enamel will wear down, and because that tooth to start decaying. Keeping adult teeth clean every day by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with either mouthwash or water 2-3 times per day is the only way to keep harmful bacteria, infections, and disease from ruining your natural smile.
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