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Teeth are one of the longest-lasting, toughest parts of the human body, and their advancement 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 assembled on tooth life cycles.

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

-Though you might have thought it happened in reverse, the crown is the first part of the tooth to develop, and roots continue growing even after the tooth comes in.

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

-Most adults have 32 teeth, and adult teeth come in as soon as the baby teeth begin falling out.

We want you to forever have the chompers that you currently have. Are you taking proper care of them so that they’ll last forever? Part of an awesome dental hygiene routine includes visiting your dentist at least every six months. If you’d like to pencil in a visit with Drs. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher, please call Oradent Associates at 773-478-5520 to pencil in an appointment in their Chicago, Illinois, office.