Oral Care Glossary
Dentists and Hygienist have a language all their own. This guide breaks down the professional terminology into everyday language.
Baby teeth are referred to as primary teeth. These teeth begin to form between 6 months and 1 year of age. The American Dental Association recommends that children visit their dentist after the first tooth erupts in the mouth. The dentist can check a baby's teeth to evaluate if tooth decay has occurred. It is also important that the dental hygienist review brushing instructions with the parents to make sure the teeth are healthy and clean. When the baby teeth are lost between 6 years and 12 years of age, permanent teeth will replace the baby teeth.