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Link discovered between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies

The research found that 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-feeding to .

[Baby brushing his teeth ]Baby brushing his teeth
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Dental fast track: Prenatal enamel growth, incisor eruption, and weaning in human infants. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.Article first published online: 11 NOV 2014.

DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22666

University of Kent