Are My Child’s Teeth Coming In On Schedule?

As parents we can’t wait for that first tooth to appear. But after those first two top and bottom teeth come in, most parents don’t really know when to start expecting to see the rest. It is important to have a general idea of when the remaining teeth should be erupting. Slow or no additional new teeth could be a warning sign to check for certain metabolic disorders. While teething can begin in babies as young as four months, generally the first tooth doesn’t show up until between the ages of eight to twelve months. Usually the two front bottom teeth come in first and then the top four front teeth are next. All of these teeth are called the central incisors.


After the first teeth break through the gums the remaining twenty teeth slowly begin to fill in, again generally in pairs. The lateral incisors or side front teeth are next, followed by the first molars which are those back teeth that handle the majority of chewing. The pointy teeth, next to the front teeth, known as the canines will then appear; while the very back teeth or second molars are the last to come through. Most children will have all their primary or baby teeth by the time they are three years old. These teeth will stay in place for anywhere from a year to three years before starting to be replaced with the permanent teeth.

Front teeth or central incisors: 8 to 12 months Side front teeth or lateral incisors: 9 to 13 months First molars: 13 to 19 months Canines: 16 to 22 months Second molars: 25-33 months

It is important to take care of your child’s primary teeth even though they will only be with them for a couple of years. Good oral hygiene will keep the permanent teeth forming below the surface healthy. The experienced staff at Ellis Dental can assist in all your child’s dental health needs. Please contact us today for more information.