Parents are naturally proud when their children’s baby teeth come in, but they are more concerned about when their child will lose his or her baby teeth and their permanent teeth will take over.
Of course, every child is different, and so both their baby teeth, and then later their permanent teeth will come into place, but dentists, over many generations, have detected trends.
Baby teeth order
What is the baby teeth order when baby teeth emerge?
Essentially, we are talking about 5 upper and 5 lower sets of teeth on each side of their mouth.
The top two middle teeth and the middle teach at the bottom of their mouth are known as the central incisors. Next to that, going from the middle of the mouth to the edge of the mouth are the lateral incisor, the canine cuspid, the first molar, and the second molar.
It does get confusing without a baby teeth chart, so if you are lost, follow this baby teething chart here.
The central incisor on both the upper and the lower teeth are most likely to emerge first, at between 8 to 12 months.
The lateral incisors typically come in at 9 to as late as 16 months, the canine 16 to 23 months, the first molar from 13 to 19 months, and the second molars from 23 to 33 months.
It should be noted that these are all estimates, and a child may show the development of baby teeth earlier in one part of their mouth and slower than another.
You might want to take your child to a dentist to be X-rayed and examined if a particular tooth fails to come in within 3 or 4 months after the deadline, but in general, there is little to worry about. Your child will show baby teeth when he or she is good and ready.
Once baby teeth emerge
Once baby teeth emerge, it is important that their baby teeth are taken care of. For example, dentists know that with the exception of six major cities who reject adding fluoride to the water: Tucson, Wichita Kansas, Albuquerque, Portland, and San Jose, almost every city does add the fluoride, which is well known to fight tooth decay.
After 6 months or so, when your baby’s first tooth appears, they recommend adding a bit of tap water to their formula.
Then, at the babies next wellness check-up after his first tooth or even tooth comes in, not only have the doctor examine the baby’s gums, but also ask if the doctor can, or if the doctor recommends a dentist who can varnish your babies tooth or teeth with fluoride.
Baby teeth are not just something that happens as a precursor to permanent teeth but actually serve as placeholders while the child matures to leave room for permanent teeth, which typically start coming in around 6 years of age.