How many teeth do you have?

Did you know that sharks have the ability to re-grow a tooth?  They continually “shed” and develop new teeth, and, they never run out; if a tooth is lost, another one moves forward from their multiple rows of backup teeth.  Scientists tell us that most sharks will use 20,000 – 30,000 teeth over a lifetime!

Humans, however, only get 2 sets of teeth in a lifetime.  Baby teeth, or primary teeth, begin to appear around age 6 or 7 months, although some children develop them earlier.  There are 20 primary teeth that normally all appear by age 3. 

At age 5 or 6, primary teeth begin to loosen and fall out as the underlying permanent teeth “push” them during the eruption process.  This sequence usually continues until about age 12 or 13.  By age 14, children have 28 permanent teeth.  Most teens develop 4 additional permanent teeth, or “wisdom teeth”, that will erupt around age 17 or 18. 
Child Dental Xray
We think sharks are cool, and we wish we could help our patients re-grow teeth, but unfortunately we are not there just yet.  We want to help our patients take care of the teeth they have with regular checkups and cavity prevention. 

So, how many teeth do you have right now?  If you are an adult with less than 28 teeth, you may have difficulty chewing or feel less than confident about your smile.  A 7 year old child may have over 40 teeth!  We can show them on an xray and count them together. 

Contact Us to schedule your next dental visit and let us help you take care of your smile.

Winterville Marigold Festival 2013

The Winterville Marigold Festival began over 30 years ago as a way to beautify and renovate the town and for the purpose of promoting friendship. Each year the festival features arts and crafts, food and entertainment in the park, the Marigold 10K, Miss Marigold pageant, parade, and other events.

Congratulations Abby Williams for winning 
Winterville Dental's BEST SMILE award!!
Abby Williams not only won BEST SMILE but she
 was also chosen for MISS MARIGOLD, too!

What a beautiful SMILE respresenting our City of Marigolds!

We won Most Creative for our float!

Spring Tips to Help You Smile!

Check out these Healthy Smile Tips from our Dental Hygienists:

Tips to Help Prevent Tooth Decay

  • Brush twice daily, especially before bedtime.
  • Set a timer for 2 minutes each time you brush and don't stop until the timer goes off.
  • During the day, when you can't brush, chew a piece of sugarless gum for 5 minutes.
  • Clean between your teeth by flossing once daily.
  • Nothing to eat or drink 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Avoid sipping and snacking on sugary foods and drinks.


What to do in case of a Dental Emergency

Knocked out a baby tooth:
  • See your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Do not try to place tooth back into the socket, damage to the permanent tooth could occur.

Give your child his/her normal pain reliever (not aspirin) and contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Bitten tongue or lip:
Gently clean area, and then wrap ice in cloth and place on injury to keep swelling down.

Broken Tooth:
  • Rinse with warm, salt water to clean area.
  • See your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Pain reliever of choice if necessary.

Have questions about dental health?  Contact Us today - we would love to help!

Valentine's Day Patient Appreciation!

At Winterville Dental, we love our Patients!  We had a blast giving roses to our friends that stopped by on Valentine's Day!  A special thank you to Jean Fleming, local florist and extra special lady for providing us with these amazing beautiful roses!