What you need to know about your baby’s tooth order
Your little baby is precious and you want to do all you can to make sure your baby is healthy. This includes your baby’s teeth. You probably have many questions about when you can expect your baby’s first tooth to erupt, and once it does, what do you do? Your pediatric dentists, at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst, want you to know all there is to know about what to expect with your baby’s teeth.
There are an established tooth order and average tooth eruption times for babies and children, but that doesn’t mean your baby will fit with the averages. Tooth eruption can be early, or delayed, and that doesn’t mean anything is wrong. So if your child doesn’t fit in the guidelines, don’t worry.
Your child should have a total of 20 primary teeth, which erupt at various times. Typically, you can expect the lower central front teeth to erupt at 6 to 10 months, and upper central front teeth erupt at about 8 to 12 months. Usually, lower teeth will erupt shortly before their opposing upper tooth.
Eruption continues with the lower lateral front teeth at 10 to 16 months, upper lateral front teeth at 9 to 13 months. The canines are the next to erupt, with the lower canines erupting at 17 to 23 months, and the upper canines at 16 to 22 months.
Your baby’s teeth will continue to erupt, with the lower first and second primary molars coming in between 14 and 31 months. The upper first and second molars erupt between 13 and 33 months.
Your pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire want you to know the current pediatric recommendations are to have your child come in for a first visit within 6 months of the first tooth erupting. Decay can happen quickly and early. You should bring your child in by his or her first birthday.
You want your child to be relaxed and comfortable when visiting the dentist. Your child will build a positive relationship with the pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire, and have a great first visit. So call your pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst, New Hampshire. Take care of your baby’s smile and call today!