Teeth Eruption

Eruption of your child’s teeth
Although there are individual variations, most children follow the same developmental timeline for the eruption of their primary teeth (also known as baby or deciduous teeth).  All of the primary teeth begin to develop beneath the gums during the fourth month of pregnancy.  By the age of three most children will have a full set of twenty primary teeth.

When will my child get his first tooth?
Generally teeth emerge in pairs, beginning at the front of the infant’s mouth with the two lower central incisors at the age of 6 to 12 months.  Next, the two upper central incisors emerge.  After that the upper and lower lateral incisors emerge, one on either side of the top two and bottom two teeth.  Eight more teeth will appear, usually between the ages of 13 and 23 months.  A cuspid or canine tooth will appear next to each lateral incisor and behind them the first molars will emerge.  Finally a second set of molars appears, usually beginning with the bottom arch.

Teething is often quite uncomfortable for an infant.  Teething rings and cold damp cloths are helpful to ease the discomfort and irritation.

Primary teeth are very important to a child’s development.  They preserve space for permanent teeth and establish their later alignment.  They also help the child with chewing its food and learning to speak, and they keep the tongue from positioning abnormally. Because of these reasons, it is important to care for a child’s emerging teeth properly.  The American Dental Association recommends that the first “well baby” dental visit should be at the age of twelve months, or six months after the fist tooth appears.  This visit will acquaint the child with the dentist’s office, allows the dentist to check its dental development, and provides an opportunity for parents to ask questions.

Dr Yash sees patients of all ages.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s dental health please call or contact our office.