Tooth eruption stages for kids differ from one child to another. So if your friend's baby teeth are erupting and your child isn't, it's not something you should worry about. At Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire and Orthodontics TOO in Amherst, NH, you can learn more about your child's dental health.
More About Baby Teeth
Baby teeth are important for your child's health and development. Teeth help children chew, speak, smile, and hold space for permanent teeth. Parents may be under the impression that because baby teeth fall out, they don't need to be cared for but that's not the case.
Baby teeth start growing in at about six months and shedding between 4 and 7 years of age. If a baby tooth is lost too early, this may damage adult teeth; permanent teeth may drift, blocking other adult teeth from the proper eruption. Adult teeth may be overcrowded and crooked as a result.
Baby Teeth Order
Teeth vary in size, shape and location, which help shape and form your face. People usually have 20 baby teeth, which start to come in at about 6 months of age, then shed at about four years of age. By 21 years of age, you'll have 32 permanent teeth erupted.
According to the American Dental Association, there are average eruption times for children’s teeth.
Central Incisor 8-12 months
Lateral Incisor 9-13 months
Canine 16-22 months
First Molar 13-19 months
Second Molar 25-33 months
Central Incisor 6-10 months
Lateral Incisor 10-16 months
Canine 17-23 months
First Molar 14-18 months
Second Molar 23-31 months
What can affect the proper eruption of baby teeth?
There are several factors that affect your child's growth in general, such as:
- genetic factors
- medical issues, like a premature birth and low birth weight
- pituitary or thyroid problems
Would you like to speak with your Amherst dentist?
For more information on baby teeth order in the Amherst, NH, call Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire and Orthodontics TOO at (603) 673-1000 today.