When do baby teeth come in?

The exact age at which baby teeth arrive is highly personalized, so try not to panic if your baby gets his first teeth a little earlier or later than average. Once they start coming in, though, most babies follow a similar schedule. Here is a loose guide to what to expect:

  • Lower central incisors: The bottom middle teeth normally come in at around the same time, when the baby is between 4 and 6 months old.
  • Upper central incisors: The top middle teeth usually arrive when the baby is 8 to 12 months old.
  • Upper lateral incisors: Next to arrive are the teeth on either side of the top middle. Most babies are around 9 to 13 months old when they come in.
  • Lower lateral incisors: The matching teeth on the bottom arch usually come in when the baby is 10 to 16 months old.
  • Upper first molars: Interestingly, the next baby teeth to show up are not the next in line. The upper first molars come in next, at around 13 to 19 months old.
  • Lower first molars: Next up are the lower first molars, giving your baby better chewing capabilities. They come in at approximately 14 to 18 months of age.
  • Upper canines: The canine teeth fill in the gap between the incisors and the molars. The uppers appear first, when the child is 16 to 22 months old.
  • Lower canines: The lower canines come in at approximately 17 to 23 months of age.
  • Lower second molars: Sometime during your child’s second year of life, the lower second molars will appear, providing the growing child with even more chewing ability.
  • Upper second molars: Last to arrive are the upper second molars, which are generally in place before your child’s 3rd birthday, completing a full set of 20 baby teeth.

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