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Baby Tooth Timeline: Knowing What Is Normal for Your Child's Smile

Last updated 5 years ago

During pregnancy, your baby’s 20 primary teeth will already begin to form beneath their gums. After birth, these teeth generally erupt within six to 12 months. Good early dental care is essential for developing teeth, so talk to your pediatric dentist about your child’s specific needs to ensure a healthy smile.

When Teeth Erupt
Your child’s first tooth will typically erupt between four to six months of age. When teeth erupt from the gums, your child is considered to be teething. Their gums may appear swollen and painful to the touch, and they may cry, fuss, or drool more than usual. Teething discomfort can often be reduced with a cool teething ring or frozen washcloth to suck on. Each child is different, so don’t worry if your child appears to be teething early or late. Some children develop teeth later, while others are born with a tooth already in place. If you have questions, your pediatric dentist can provide invaluable information and peace of mind. Begin dental visits starting six months after the appearance of your child’s first tooth to chart their progress and to ensure that their teeth and gums remain healthy.

How Teeth Erupt
The teeth tend to erupt in pairs, one on each side of the mouth. The front incisors are generally the first to erupt, with the lower teeth appearing at seven months and the upper teeth appearing at nine months. Once your baby reaches one year of age, the teeth will begin to fill the mouth from front to back with new pairs appearing approximately every three months. However, it’s important to remember that every child is different and your child’s teeth may appear sooner, later, or in a slightly different order. Consult your dentist if you have questions or concerns.

Monitor your child’s dental health with the help of the pediatric dental team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry. We are dedicated to young, healthy smiles and comfortable dental checkups with every visit. Schedule your child’s appointment by calling (646) 402-6578 or filling out our web contact form. 


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