Hurst Pediatric Dentistry Teeth Hygiene Guide For Children & Parents 2023 Update

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Hurst Pediatric Dentistry of Birmingham, Alabama (205-969-7454) has released an updated guide to children’s oral health and dental hygiene for children, parents, and caregivers. It discusses the four types of teeth, tooth sensitivity, and dental care.

Titled ‘About Teeth,’ the updated guide by Dr. Joby Hurst and the team at Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is now available on the practice’s website. It provides an overview of the stages of tooth development, parts of the tooth, and the functions of each type of tooth.

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The announcement aligns with the Birmingham pediatric dentist’s ongoing efforts to spread awareness about the importance of oral health among young patients and their families. Hurst Pediatric Dentistry offers a wide range of dental services for children of all ages, including dental cleanings, fillings, and orthodontic treatments.

The dental health guide for children explains that humans develop two sets of teeth: primary ‘baby’ teeth and permanent secondary teeth. Primary teeth begin to emerge between the ages of six and eight months, and twenty teeth are present by the age of three.

Dr. Hurst explains that secondary teeth start to grow at six, except for wisdom teeth, and all 32 teeth are typically present between the ages of 12 and 14. The emergence of 12-year molars followed by wisdom teeth is explained in a child-friendly manner. The guide describes the different types of teeth, including incisors, canines, premolars or bicuspids, and molars, and their specific functions in cutting, tearing, crushing, and grinding food.

Hurst Pediatric Dentistry’s highly trained pediatric dental professionals specialize in working with children, giving them a positive experience at the dentist.

About Dr. Hurst

An alumnus of Auburn University and the UAB School of Dentistry, Dr. Joby Hurst has worked with infants, children, and teenagers and specializes in treating children with special needs. He holds a Master’s Degree and a diploma from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

“While different teeth surfaces have different susceptibilities to decay, all teeth can develop cavities,” the guide states. “There are hundreds of different types of bacteria that can affect oral health. So if you keep your teeth healthy and clean, you’ll avoid tooth decay.”

Hurst Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to prioritize their children’s dental health by regularly brushing and flossing their teeth and scheduling regular check-ups with a dentist.

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