Your baby’s teeth begin developing while he/she is still in the womb. Your baby is born with a full set of primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, however, these teeth are not yet visible.
|Baby Tooth Chart|
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The first teeth usually appear between five and seven months of age. The two lower central incisors are usually the first to appear, the top four front teeth follow.
My first baby was born with one central incisor tooth that is known as natal teeth. This is quite rare and happens in about 1 in 2,000 births. On the other hand, my fourth child's first tooth appeared when he was 9 months old. Once the teeth start to come through, they appear at a rate of around one per month. So by his first birthday, your baby may have six teeth.
The following table shows when primary teeth erupt and shed. The order of appearance is an average and can vary from child to child.
|Upper Primary Teeth Development Table|
|Upper Teeth||When tooth erupt||When tooth falls out|
|Central incisor||8 to 12 months||6 to 7 years|
|Lateral incisor||9 to 13 months||7 to 8 years|
|Canine (cuspid)||16 to 22 months||10 to 12 years|
|First molar||13 to 19 months||9 to 11 years|
|Second molar||25 to 33 months||10 to 12 years|
|Lower Primary Teeth Development Table|
|Lower Teeth||When tooth erupt||When tooth falls out|
|Second molar||23 to 31 months||10 to 12 years|
|First molar||14 to 18 months||9 to 11 years|
|Canine (cuspid)||17 to 23 months||9 to 12 years|
|Lateral incisor||10 to 16 months||7 to 8 years|
|Central incisor||6 to 10 months||6 to 7 years|
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