Dr. Covan is a graduate of Escambia High School in Pensacola and went to college at Birmingham-Southern College, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He then attended dental school at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham. While in dental school, Dr. Covan also earned a masters degree in Public Health.
In 2006, Dr. Covan received his Fellowship award in the AGD and, in 2011, he attained the title of Master in the AGD. Less than one percent of all general dentists have reached this level of achievement.
Permanent teeth will begin to grow around age 6, and with the exception of wisdom teeth, are all present between ages 12 and 14. The next teeth to grow in are the 12-year molars and finally the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through from age 17 and on. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth, which is why wisdom teeth are usually removed.
Your front teeth are called incisors. The sharp fang-like teeth are canines. The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is important that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by a dentist are followed.