- Mar. 16, 2024

How Many Baby Teeth Should My Child Have?

 

Baby teeth eruption typically begins around six months of age, although the exact timing can vary from one child to another. The process continues until around age three, by which time most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth. Here’s a general overview of the sequence in which baby teeth typically emerge:

  1. Lower Central Incisors (6-10 months): The first teeth to emerge are usually the two lower front teeth, known as the lower central incisors. These are typically the first teeth that parents notice in their baby’s mouth.
  2. Upper Central Incisors (8-12 months): Next in line are the two upper front teeth, or the upper central incisors. These teeth typically follow the lower central incisors within a few months.
  3. Upper Lateral Incisors (9-13 months): Following the central incisors, the two upper lateral incisors emerge on either side of the upper front teeth.
  4. Lower Lateral Incisors (10-16 months): Similarly, the two lower lateral incisors appear next, completing the set of incisors on the bottom arch.
  5. First Molars (13-19 months): The first molars, located at the back of the mouth, typically emerge next. These teeth are larger and have a broader chewing surface compared to the incisors.
  6. Canines (16-22 months): Also known as cuspids, the canine teeth are sharp and pointed and are used for tearing food. They usually appear after the molars.
  7. Second Molars (23-33 months): Finally, the second molars emerge, completing the set of 20 primary teeth. These molars are located at the back of the mouth, behind the first molars.

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