Baby teeth begin to appear in a child’s mouth early, within a few months of age. Also called primary teeth, they are the first set of teeth in a child’s development. You probably know a lot about your child’s smile, but there are some facts that that may surprise you. We gathered some interesting facts about baby teeth. Did we uncover any surprises?

Fun facts about baby teeth

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

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

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.

All 20 primary teeth usually appear by age three.

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

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

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

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

About two out of every 10 kids younger than 11 grind their teeth at night.

Dental care for your child’s teeth

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