Are My Child's Baby Teeth on Schedule?

Are My Child's Baby Teeth on Schedule?
Posted on 10/15/2020
Baby Teeth

A child's first tooth is a milestone that parents get excited about as they look forward to seeing their baby's toothy grin. Baby teeth usually erupt in the same order and around the same time for most babies, but for some babies, it happens earlier, while it occurs later for others. There is a reasonably wide range of what is considered normal. The experts at the Children's Dentistry of Stuart provide this overview of when you can typically expect your baby's teeth to come in.

Incisors

These cute little front teeth are the first to erupt. You might see a little white poking through the gum, and if you gently rub your finger on the gum, you can feel them starting to cut through the gum. The incisors typically follow this schedule:

  • Six to ten months old: The lower central incisors, or bottom front teeth come in.
  • Eight to 12 months old: The upper incisors, or the middle front upper teeth erupt.
  • Nine to 13 months old: The upper lateral incisors on each side of the front teeth arrive.
  • Ten to 16 months old: The lower lateral incisors appear on each side of the bottom from teeth.

First Molars

Babies can experience pain when cutting any of their teeth, but the molars can be the most painful because they are large. The large flat surface of each molar helps your child to chew and grind food.

  • 13 to 19 months old: The first upper molars arrive.
  • 14 to 18 months old: The lower first molars appear.

Cuspids

Also known as the canine teeth, the cuspids fit in between the first molars and the incisors, and are needed for gripping and breaking apart food.

  • 16 to 22 months old: The upper two cuspids appear.
  • 17 to 23 months old: The two lower cuspids appear.

Second Molars

The second molars are the last teeth to arrive, and your child will now have a full set of 20 baby teeth.

  • 23 to 31 months old: The second pair of bottom molars start erupting.
  • 25 to 33 months old: The upper second molars come in.

Baby Teeth are Important

Many people think those baby teeth aren't that important and wait to take their child to the dentist at age four or five. But in fact, baby teeth are very important as they help your child chew and eat, assist in speech development, and are the guide for their permanent teeth. You should take your child to their first dental appointment by their first birthday. This will allow your pediatric dentist to look for any potential issues, work with you and your child for proper oral care, and get your child comfortable with going to the pediatric dentist.

Make an Appointment with Your Stuart, FL, Pediatric Dentist Today!

If you have any questions about teething or would like to make an appointment, contact us. Our pediatric dentists and team will be happy to answer all of your questions. If you are looking for a leading pediatric dentist, contact us to schedule an appointment. And, the first visit for infants is free!

As specialists that work with children every day, we know how to make children comfortable going to the dentist, and we look forward to meeting you and your child.