When can you expect your baby’s teeth to first come in? Generally, the first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age. These are the two bottom front teeth. Then you can expect to see the top four front teeth. The rest of the teeth (20 at this time will fill in until your child is around 2 -3 years old.
According to WebMD here are some more facts about your baby and their teeth:
- A general rule of thumb is that for every 6 months of life, approximately 4 teeth will erupt.
- Girls generally precede boys in tooth eruption.
- Lower teeth usually erupt before upper teeth.
- Teeth in both jaws usually erupt in pairs — one on the right and one on the left.
- Primary teeth are smaller in size and whiter in color than the permanent teeth that will follow.
- By the time a child is 2 to 3 years of age, all primary teeth should have erupted.
By the ages of 6 and 12, a mixture of both primary teeth and permanent teeth will be in their mouth.
Even though they will only have their baby teeth for a short time, they serve an important purpose in your child’s dental development. Baby teeth…
- Reserve space for their permanent counterparts
- Give the face its normal appearance.
- Aid in the development of clear speech.
- Help attain good nutrition (missing or decayed teeth make it difficult to chew, causing children to reject foods)
- Help give a healthy start to the permanent teeth (decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them).
It’s important to set up a dental appointment soon after their teeth start coming in. Call us today. 423-870-5698. Your kids will love it!