Your Childs Tooth Development

Your baby may get her first tooth as early as 6 month. On the other hand, just about the time you start wondering if you'll need to get her some dentures to go to the first grade, her first tooth may appear about the time you celebrate her first birthday. Either case is perfectly normal, as is anything in between. The chart below shows the typical development of your child's primary (baby) teeth.

Primary Teeth Development Chart

Upper Teeth
Central Incisor
Lateral Incisor
Canine (cuspid)
First molar
Second molar
When tooth emerges
8 to 12 months
9 to 13 months
16 to 22 months
13 to 19 months
25 to 33 months
When tooth falls out
6 to 7 years
7 to 8 years
10 to 12 years
9 to 11 years
10 to 12 years


Lower Teeth
Central Incisor
Lateral Incisor
Canine (cuspid)
First molar
Second molar
When tooth emerges
6 to 10 months
10 to 16 months
17 to 23 months
14 to 18 months
3 to 31 months
When tooth falls out
6 to 7 years
7 to 8 years
9 to 12 years
9 to 11 years
10 to 12 years

A tip from the American Dental Association: start your child's dental care early. See a pediatric dentist as soon as your baby's first tooth comes in, or at least by age one. It will get your baby started on the right foot for great tooth development, and it will get her comfortable with the dentist and dental staff, so as she becomes more aware and active, going to the dentist won't be a scary event.

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