Your child’s first set of teeth is as much of a milestone coming in as they are when they are wiggling loose. With the anticipation and anxiety associated with both events, it is understandable that parents want to know when to expect their baby’s first teeth to come in and when those baby teeth will fall out.
When Do Baby Teeth Come In
So, how many baby teeth are there? There are 20 primary baby teeth that are already present in a child’s jaw at birth, and they usually start appearing – or erupting– between six months and one year. You can expect your child’s full set of teeth to come in by age three. You can also refer to a baby teeth chart for this. Just remember that every child is different, so no exact dates should be expected, but below is an approximate order of when you can expect baby teeth to come in:
- Lower center teeth (or lower center incisors) arrive between approximately six to ten months.
- Top center teeth (or top center incisors) arrive around eight to 12 months.
- Lateral incisors-just to the side of the center ones-come next between nine and 13 months.
- Canines between 16 and 23 months.
- Molars are next, with the first molars arriving between 13 to 19 months and the second molars arriving between 23 and 33 months.
When baby teeth begin pushing their way up through your baby’s gums, it can prove to be a very stressful time for both you and your child. Common baby teeth eruption symptoms are inflamed gums, excessive drooling, chewing on things, and irritability. It’s important to bear with your child during this time and maintain proper infant oral hygiene.
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