How many teeth does a human have? Number for adults and children

A truly beautiful smile actually includes a presentable set of teeth. But how many teeth does an adult really have? And what about children?

People are reluctant to have their mouths looked at. Even if it is not necessarily the reason why many have an extraordinary respect for going to the dentist. Where, as you know, there is no way around opening your mouth wide open.

But let’s take a look at what’s behind the lips. This article is about human teeth. We feel that we are putting ourselves to the test.

How many teeth does an adult human have?

Normally, an adult has 32 teeth – if all four wisdom teeth are present. In this case, there are 16 teeth each in the upper and lower jaw – in the same arrangement. There are four front teeth, followed by a canine on each side, followed by two small molars and two large molars, and a wisdom tooth at the end.

How many teeth does a child have?

Baby teeth consist of milk teeth, which, when they first appear, are only with us for the first few years of life before they fall out. 20 teeth come together here, ten each in the upper and lower jaw. The arrangement is also identical here. Each jaw consists of four milk incisors in front, followed by one milk tooth on each side, followed by two milk cheek teeth.

At what age do the teeth break through?

The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KZBV) writes that the first teeth would come at the age of about six months. The lower incisors usually start, followed by the upper ones. After about nine months, the outer incisors also emerge. The canines and the first molars appear after about one and a half years, in the third year of life the milk teeth are ready.

Approximately three years later, the permanent teeth begin to erupt – here the first large molar is the precursor. However, since the molars break through behind the milk teeth and therefore do not push any of them out, this often goes unnoticed, according to KZBV. About a year later, however, the actual tooth change begins – the baby tooth roots dissolve, the baby teeth fall out and are replaced as planned.

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When the child is about eleven years old, the tooth change is complete. Then the second large molar appears, this process is completed at the age of 15 years. You have to wait until adulthood for the wisdom teeth – they usually break through around the 25th birthday. However, the process can also be postponed or not occur at all.

The KZBV emphasizes: “The exact time of teething and also the sequence in which the teeth erupt can vary greatly from person to person. Delayed teething in young children or an unusual sequence in which the teeth erupt is no reason for parents to be concerned . .”

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How can the child be supported during teething?

Here is the portal information on children’s health Tips. For example, cooled bite rings could relieve the pain, and a wet washcloth could help with chewing. A gentle massage of the tooth bar is also described as pleasant. Dental gels with chamomile and local anesthetic have a soothing effect by reducing itching and providing short-term relief.

It is important that the child drinks a lot. On the other hand, it is not recommended to give cool food to chew or amber necklaces to relieve pain, because the risk of suffocation and injury is then too great.

In addition to the care of the baby teeth, the administration of fluoride as soon as the first tooth erupts is described as particularly important. Because the baby teeth do not only play a role in relation to food intake, chewing also promotes the development of the jaw. If caries form in the milk teeth, these bacteria can therefore also be transferred to the following permanent teeth.

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