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Primary teeth, or baby teeth, are the first set of teeth in a child’s growth development. Although it seems that we know a lot about our smiles, there are some facts that you might miss out on. We gathered some interesting facts about primary teeth. Did we uncover any surprises?

10 fun facts about primary teeth

Babies are born with all 20 of their primary teeth already in their jaw.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.

Drooling is good for teething. It helps with moistening gums and reducing inflammation.

Baby teeth are essential for a healthy diet and speech development.

All 20 primary teeth usually appear by age three.

Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not normal for a teething baby to have a fever.

Sealing a primary tooth is fast and easy – it does not hurt! Sealants protect your child’s teeth from decay.

The number one chronic child disease is tooth decay; it is 5 times more common than asthma

Dental care for your child’s teeth

Schedule your child’s first dental visit after the first tooth comes in and no later than age one. An early dental visit is a “well-baby checkup” for the primary teeth. Besides checking for cavities and other problems, the dentist will show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly, address habits like thumb sucking. If you are in the Raleigh area, contact us for an appointment.