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First Teeth to Come In: What Teeth and When to Expect Them

Baby’s are so cute when they get their first teeth come in! They go from a gummy smile to a mouth full of teeth in no time.

Different types of teeth come together to make up your baby’s smile and help with chewing up food and pronouncing words.

I know that you may have questions about your baby’s first teeth to come in. And I have answers for you.

First Teeth to Come in

Deciduous teeth also known as baby teeth or milk teeth start coming in around 6 months. Some kids get there teeth earlier or later than others. Just know that these time frames that I mention are about the average.  If you are ever concerned with your baby’s teeth, make an appointment to see a pediatric dentist or a general dentist that is comfortable seeing young kids (like me ;-)).

Central Incisors

The first tooth to come in is the central incisor on the lower jaw. You can expect these teeth to come in between 6-10 months. These teeth are the first to come in and the first to shed.

These are also the most visible teeth in anyone’s smile. There are the teeth centered in the middle of your smile.

The next teeth to come in is the central incisors on the upper jaw. You can expect to see these teeth come in around 8-12 months. These teeth are important teeth for the bite into things.

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Lateral Incisors

Next to the central incisors on the lateral incisors that come in at 9-13 months on the upper jaw. The lateral incisors on the lower jaw come in at 10-16 months.

The four incisors on the upper and lower are the teeth used to bite into things like apple and corn on the cob. These teeth are important for speech and pronouncing words like through, fish and sixty-six.

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First Molars

The first molars are important in chewing up food. These teeth can actually be the most uncomfortable teeth when coming in. First molars come in on the upper jaw at 13-19 months and on 14-18 months on the lower jaw.

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The canine teeth are important teeth for ripping and grabbing food. These sharp teeth come in on the upper at 16-22 months and on the lower jaw at 17-23 months.

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Second Molars

Finally, the last teeth to come in are the second molars. The second molars provide more chewing support for grinding up food.These teeth come in at 23-31 months on the lower and 25-33 months on the upper.

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The teething process can be easy for some babies, but very uncomfortable for others. Rest assured that there are remedies to help soothe your baby during this process.

When these baby teeth come in, you can expect lots of drooling and chewing action.  Other symptoms include:

  • Low-grade fever
  • irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pulling of the ears

Your babies new teeth will need some attention to help keep them strong and healthy. I want to help you make sure that your babies teeth stay healthy and cavity free.

With lots of love,
Dr Toni


Information from this post came from the American Dental Association – Mouth Healthy



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