Oral health

Two sets of teeth in a human lifetime

This is essential for a mother to remember, says Dr Duncan Dobunaba, Acting Chief Medical Operator – medical standards in Papua New Guinea.

First set is the baby teeth, a total of 20. These start to come into mouth from six months to five years. In rare cases, a child can be born with a tooth in the mouth.

The second set is the permanent/adult teeth, a total of 32 teeth. These come into mouth from six to 18 years of age. The third, Molar teeth, can be missing and erupt after 18 years or may be hidden/impacted in the bone.