Prenatal enamel growth

Dr. Shields has often shared information on how oral health affects pregnancy and overall wellness of both mother and infant. Now researchers have discovered a link between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies.

The research found that incisor teeth grow quickly in the early stages of the second trimester of a baby’s development, while molars grow at a slower rate in the third trimester. This is so incisors are ready to erupt after birth, at approximately six months of age, when a baby makes the transition from breast- or bottle-feeding to weaning and soft solid foods.

If you have a question about maternal health, tooth formation, and how to care for your teeth during pregnancy, contact our team for your next appointment today!


University of Kent. (2014, November 20). Research finds tooth enamel fast-track in humans. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 16, 2015 from


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