Understanding Teeth | Children’s Dentistry West Chicago

How often do you actually sit down and reflect on the miracle that is your teeth?

Probably not very often. Fortunately, we can encourage our children to appreciate their smiles through exceptional children’s dentistry. West Chicago based, Dr. Loretta Smith shares some insights into the world of teeth below.


The next time you look in the mirror, take notice of the structure of your face and reflect on how our teeth shape the way we look.

Your teeth are unique in shape, size and location, which directly impacts the way our face carries our teeth and mouth.


Your teeth are placed in way where they are able to facilitate you during almost every part of your day.

Obviously, the teeth give you the ability to chew your food.

However, you may not always think about how integral teeth are in allowing you to speak to your neighbor, or smile at your friend.

The next time you bite in to an apple, or whistle at your dog, give your teeth a little nod of thanks for their hard work.


Finally, many people do not always reflect on the transformation that your mouth goes through throughout your lifetime.

When you are born, you develop a set of 20 baby teeth.

As you age, these teeth are eventually pushed out and replaced by your adult teeth.

All 32 permanent teeth are usually in place by age 21.  

If you are curious to learn more about the general ages when teeth fall out and permanent teeth come in, check out these eruption charts here.

Children’s Dentistry West Chicago

Finding the right dentist for your child can set the tone for the dentist for the rest of their life.

At Loretta Smith Pediatric Dentistry, we are passionate about caring for your child and their teeth.

To schedule an appointment, call us today (773)445-7777.

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