Tooth Eruption

On average, the eruption of baby teeth begins around the age of 8 months with the incisors in the lower jaw and ends at the age of about 30 months with the second baby molars in the upper jaw.

The eruption of the permanent teeth usually begins at around 6 years of age with either eruption of the incisors in the lower jaw or eruption of the first permanent molars and ends with the eruption of the second molars in the upper jaw at 12 years (except for the wisdom teeth).

Did you know…

Babies can be born with teeth? These are called natal teeth and are usually just early euption of a normal baby incisor. Teeth that appear withing 30 days of birth are called neonatal teeth. These teeth may need to be removed if they are very mobile, interferes with breastfeeding or causes ulcerations under the babies tongue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any advice on teething?

From six months to age 3, your child may have tender gums when teeth erupt. Many children like a clean, chilled (not frozen) teething ring, a cold wet washcloth or have their gums rubed with a clean finger. The use of teething gels is not recommended.

Should I have my child’s teeth examined as they erupt from the gums?

You should bring your child to the dentist no later than 6 months after his or her first tooth erupts. After that, visit a dentists every six months for cleanings and check-ups, or more frequently if complications arise. When your child is old enough to get permanent molars, you may benefit from visiting the dentist soon after they erupt to have protective sealants placed on those teeth.

Should I be following any special care instructions between my childs dental visits?

Yes. Before your child’s teeth erupt, gently cleanse the gums daily using a clean, moist cloth. You may begin brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush as soon as the first tooth emerges, and your child may use a small amount of child-safe toothpaste beginning at age 2. As your child’s teeth continue to emerge and fill in gaps, teach your child the importance of flossing and the proper way of doing it. Finally, avoid allowing your child to consume excessive amounts of sugary beverages and foods, as these can lead to tooth decay.