Dental Care

Order of Baby Teeth and Tips

Learning about the order of baby teeth. By the time a baby turns one they may have up to six teeth fully emerged.

Interestingly enough, the order of appearance of these teeth are “universal” in that every single human’s set of teeth arrive in the same way. For example, at six to seven months in age a baby will normally have their two lower incisors make an appearance.

A month later, the two upper incisors pop through their gums. After that, a child can have one tooth per month appear.

By twenty-four to thirty months of age, a child’s full set of baby teeth have normally arrived.

Normal Order of Baby Teeth Emerging

The teeth show up in the order below, but not always at the same ages.

This is the reason we will skip any details about “general” ages and just focus on the order of baby teeth appearing.

They are:

  • Four central incisors (upper and then lower);
  • Four side incisors (upper and then lower);
  • Four back molars (upper and then lower);
  • Four canine teeth (upper and then lower); and
  • Final four back molars (upper and then the lower).

A very interesting thing about the normal order of baby teeth and children’s ages is that some children can actually be born with their first teeth already emerged, and some can have extremely late phases of teething (or tooth emergence) as well.

There is generally very little to worry about if a child’s teeth are fast or slow in the emergence process. It is only a concern if the teeth are not appearing at all or they appear in very poor condition.

Trouble from Emerging Teeth

Many parents are amazed at the level of discomfort the appearance of baby teeth creates – for their children and for themselves.

Teething is a famous period of development in which children are cranky and may even appear to be chronically ill. This is directly related to their immune systems, however, and not to the order of baby teeth appearing.

Consider that a child loses the immunity that they inherited from their mother at roughly six months of age. This is the traditional time for the incisors to begin emerging, and this is usually a reason for a child to show signs of its first cold or ear infection.

How can parents know that it is teething and not illness?

When children are dealing with their baby teeth, their gums are going to be pink and lumpy, they may have small rise in body temperature but should never run a fever, and they will be irritable from the discomfort.

The order of baby teeth appearing should never be accompanied by rashes on the face, uncontrolled crying, fever, or excessive amounts of mucus from the nose. These are symptoms of infection or some other sort of health issue.

Dental Replacement

Another incredibly fascinating thing about the order of baby teeth is the fact that the teeth will fall out according to their pattern of emergence.

This means that if you note which of your new baby’s teeth first peeped out through their gums during their first year of life, it is likely that it will be that same tooth that falls out as your child nears their sixth birthday as well.

Most children will take up to two and a half years to get all of their baby teeth in, and most will keep these teeth up to the age of roughly 12 years.

Initial Dental Care

Now, it is essential to understand that one of the best things you can do for your child as these teeth begin to appear is to institute some good plans for oral hygiene.

Baby teeth can decay just as easily as their adult counterparts, and can often need the same kinds of treatments to eliminate pain or problems.

In order to reduce your child’s chances for some sort of dental issues, you should just get them accustomed to oral care as early as possible.

One of the most comforting things you can do for a child who is just beginning to get their baby teeth is to use a warm cloth or gauze to gently rub their gums.

You will notice that they want to bite down on this cloth, so be careful about detergents and watch your fingers too!

This biting is not meant to do harm, it is an instinctual way of dealing with the pressures of the teeth trying to break through the surface.

(Many adults with problematic wisdom teeth say that they develop a real sympathy for teething babies as they experience the same sorts of pressures when their adult wisdom teeth are first erupting through their gum tissue.)

First Brushing

As the baby ages, you can shift from the warm cloth used to cleanse their gums to a soft infant toothbrush. Introduce the child to post-meal brushes and get them used to a regular pattern upon rising and when about to go to bed.

This sets up the child for a lifetime of healthy oral care and also makes it much less likely that their baby teeth will decay.

Remember, however, that you must use a children’s toothpaste once you transition to a soft toothbrush. This is because many children inadvertently swallow toothpaste instead of spitting it out, and adult formulations will make them quite ill.

First Visits  to the Dentist

Many parents wonder when a child should visit the dentist for the first time too, and most are surprised to learn that it is entirely acceptable to make an appointment around the time of the child’s first birthday.

This will allow a dentist to confirm that their teeth are in good condition and arriving according to order of baby teeth emerging normally.

It also helps the child to view a trip to the dental office as a very positive and pleasant experience.

Finally, you can really help to keep your child’s teeth in top condition by avoiding sweetened beverages and sugary foods during the earlier periods of their life.

It is difficult to manage the harmful ways that sugars interact with the enamel of the teeth, and keeping sugar out of the diet is the best way to protect baby teeth only recently emerged.


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