When Do Baby Teeth Come In?
June 27, 2023

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Your baby’s first teeth are a huge milestone you're likely looking forward to - and anxious about.

When exactly are they supposed to grow in? What can you do to make sure your child develops a happy and healthy smile? 

We’ve got all the answers in this short blog post: 

Baby Teeth Timeline

First, it’s worth noting that every baby is different; the following timeline is only supposed to be a rough guide to help you prepare for your child’s oral development. 

But don’t stress too much if your child’s teeth don’t follow it to the letter. 

  • 6–12 months: lower central incisors
  • 8–12 months: upper central incisors
  • 9–16 months: lateral incisors
  • 16-23 months: canines
  • 13–19 months: first molars
  • 23-33 months: second molars

Babies usually start to get their teeth at around 6–12 months old, though some babies can develop teeth much earlier, at around 4 months. Others are even born with teeth! 

Usually, this isn’t cause for alarm, but if you’re worried your baby’s teeth are late or early, you can take them to a pediatric dentist for a short consultation (and your peace of mind). 

When Should You Start Taking a Baby to the Dentist?

Experts recommend taking a child for their first dental appointment as soon as their first baby tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. 

This appointment will involve inspecting the child’s erupted teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral health indicators. A dentist may recommend getting an X-ray to get a better assessment and could even perform a gentle cleaning. 

But most often than not, this meeting is about the parents. You can use it as an opportunity to ask all our questions and get essential tips on how to protect your child’s oral health.

Can You Take an Infant to a Pediatric Dentist?

Absolutely! A pediatric dentist can help you care for your baby’s gums and teach you how to clean them after every feeding.

You can also schedule an appointment if you notice they have difficulty breastfeeding or are tongue- or lip-tied. 

How to Care for Baby Teeth 

Caring for a baby’s teeth involves:

  1. Brushing their teeth every day with a small toothbrush
  2. Using a tiny bit of kid’s toothpaste, recommended by their dentist
  3. Flossing the teeth after they erupt
  4. Teaching the child how to spit after brushing at around 2 years old
  5. Take them to routine dental appointments once every six months 

How Dreamhouse Dental Can Help 

If your little one is ready for their first visit or they have a dental issue that needs attention, request a visit to Dreamhouse Dental online, and we can help. 

Have more questions? Then call us at (323) 300-2660 today for a short chat!

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