Some interesting baby teeth facts
1. Humans have two sets of teeth
We have adult teeth, which usually come through about the age of 6 years-old and baby teeth, which come through around 6 months.
Baby teeth are important as they allow them to eat nutritious, solid, food for their development and communicate with us, as well as providing a space maintainer, ready for the adult teeth, 32 of them.
Baby teeth have wider roots than adult teeth so that the adult teeth can develop underneath them.
2. Most mammals have baby teeth
Dogs and cats get baby teeth in the first few weeks, and lose within them first few months.
Vertebrates like fish and reptiles have baby teeth too. And they come through, on an ingoing and outgoing basis throughout their life.
3. Baby teeth don’t matter
Tooth decay or the removal of teeth can have big impact on children's emotional and physical development.
It’s important to brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, limit sugar to mealtimes and take children to visit the dentist regularly.
4. Baby teeth contain stem cells
In the future stem cells may be used to generate parts of the body that have been damaged, although the science is not yet proven.
Basically, baby teeth are essential: take care of them. Charlotte Waite, Chair
BDA England Community Dental Services Committee
Campaigning for better oral health