Idaho Pediatric Dentistry
SAVING TEETH, ONE KID AT A TIME
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Tooth Eruption

Tooth Eruption

 

When should my child’s tooth begin to erupt?
The average age of first tooth eruption in infants is around 6-8 months.  The two lower front teeth are the most common teeth to erupt first.  About every 6 months another set of four teeth usually erupt finishing by age 3 in most kids with 20 teeth.  The most common tooth eruption sequence in kids is: the lower front teeth, followed by the upper front teeth, followed by the first molars, then the canines, and then the second molars.  

Why do we care about baby teeth?
Primary teeth or baby teeth, are important for function, esthetics, and space maintenance for the permanent teeth.  

What about permanent teeth?
Usually around age 6 your child will begin to loose their first tooth beginning with the lower front teeth and the eruption of the 6 year molars at the back of their baby molars.  Some children complain of tooth pain during this time.  If the pain seems unusual you should see your dentist.