Your child's teeth, also known as primary or baby teeth, typically begin to come in around six months of age and continue to break through until 2 to 3 years old. The first teeth to appear are typically the lower front teeth, followed by the upper front teeth. The molars, which are larger teeth located in the back of the mouth, tend to come in last.
It's common for parents to ask about the progress of their child's teeth when they visit the dentist. It is important to know that every child is different and may have a slightly different experience and timeline for their teeth. Some children may experience delays, while others may have teeth that come in much earlier than expected. This is not necessarily a cause for concern as long as the child is otherwise healthy and developmentally on track.
Although teeth can break through earlier or later than expected, they typically emerge in a particular order. It's essential to monitor them to help prevent future dental problems. As a parent, you may consider it helpful to know that teeth grow in the following order:
Lower central incisors
Upper central incisors
Lower lateral incisors
Upper lateral incisors
Lower and upper first molars
Lower and upper canines
Lower and upper second molars
If you notice anything abnormal, mention it to a pediatric dentist.
It's important for parents to monitor the development of their children's teeth and schedule regular dental checkups. Watch for difficulty chewing or biting, teeth grinding, or biting the cheek often. At their checkups, the dentist should examine your child's teeth and gums and may recommend fluoride treatments or sealants to protect them from decay. If you are worried at all about your child's dental needs, reach out to us today. We'd be happy to help.