Your Child’s First Teeth
Your child’s 20 baby teeth will begin to appear usually between six and nine months of age, though in some cases it may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The two lower front teeth tend to erupt first, followed by the two upper ones. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eyeteeth). Sometimes your baby can experience teething discomfort during this process. If so, let us know and we will advise you as to the best course of action.
Your infant’s gums and newly erupting teeth should be gently wiped after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp washcloth. Any teeth that have fully come in should be cleaned with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Starting at age 3, you can teach your child to brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Your child may need your help with this important task until about the age of 6.
When your child’s teeth come and go
- Age of Eruption (Baby Teeth)
- 1Lower Central Incisors 6-10 mos.
- 2Upper Central Incisors 8-12 mos.
- 3Upper Lateral Incisors 9-13 mos.
- 4Lower Lateral Incisors 10-16 mos.
- 5Upper First Molars 13-19 mos.
- 6Lower First Molars 14-18 mos.
- 7Upper Canines (Cuspids) 16-22 mos.
- 8Lower Canines (Cuspids) 17-23 mos.
- 9Lower Second Molars 23-31 mos.
- 10Upper Second Molars 25-33 mos.
- Age of Tooth Loss (Baby Teeth)
- 1Lower Central Incisors 6-7 yrs.
- 2Upper Central Incisors 6-7 yrs.
- 3Upper Lateral Incisors 7-8 yrs.
- 4Lower Lateral Incisors 7-8 yrs.
- 5Upper First Molars 9-11 yrs.
- 6Lower First Molars 9-11 yrs.
- 7Upper Canines (Cuspids) 9-12 yrs.
- 8Lower Canines (Cuspids) 9-12 yrs.
- 9Lower Second Molars 10-12 yrs.
- 10Upper Second Molars 10-12 yrs.