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Teeth are one of the most enduring, toughest parts of the human body, and their evolution is truly incredible. Humans go through two sets of teeth in their lives, baby chompers and adult pearly whites. (And three sets if you count dentures!) Here are a few interesting tidbits we’ve put together on tooth life cycles.

– Tooth growth actually begins in children before they are born. The first tooth a child has typically appears when they are six months old, but their chompers begin developing in the second and third trimesters of their mother’s pregnancy.

– Though you may have thought it happened the other way around, the crown is the first part of the tooth to develop, and roots continue evolving even after the tooth comes in.

– By age 2 or 3, most children would have a full set of 20 pearly whites. These teeth begin falling out as early as age 6 and as late as age 12.

– Most adults have 32 chompers, and adult chompers come in as soon as the baby teeth start falling out.

We want you to forever retain the pearly whites that you currently have. Are you taking appropriate care of them so that they’ll last forever? Part of an awesome oral hygiene routine includes visiting your dentist at least every six months. If you’d like to schedule a visit with Dr. Rob Holdridge, please call Rob Holdridge, DMD & Associates at 630-668-3423 to schedule an appointment in their Wheaton, Illinois, office.