Tooth Eruption (First Baby Teeth) − Louisville KY

The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are typically the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this often when your baby is about six to eight months old.

When should my child’s first teeth erupt?

It is not unusual for the eruption of the first teeth to be earlier, or even later. If no teeth are present by the time a child is 12 months old, Dr. Keith Ray recommends an dental evaluation. If a child is more than 14 months old, still having no teeth, often an x-ray is recommended to determine if there is a problem with the development or eruption of the baby teeth. Dr. Ray has had patients with broad variations in the timing of first tooth eruption from newborns with “Natal Teeth” to 19-month-olds with finally, normally erupting baby teeth.

When should my child have all their baby teeth?

At around 2-1/2 years old, your child should have all 20 primary, or “baby” teeth. Between the ages of five and six, the first permanent teeth may begin to erupt. All baby teeth are eventually replaced by permanent teeth. Surprising to many people, only the front 4, upper and lower incisors are lost between 5- 8 years of age. The 12 canines and molars are usually not lost until the permanent canines and premolars erupt, somewhere between 9-14 tears of age. Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they are important to chewing, biting, speech, and appearance.

For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily oral hygiene.

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