Dental Health for Baby

ImageWait, waiting, waited….that’s what we did for Baby Firecrackers first tooth; which four decided to come in at once when he turned 16 months old.  Thankfully that didn’t hold him back from eating, however I decided not to delay making an appointment to see a pediatric dentist to make sure every thing is okay.

Here is what I learned:

Your baby’s teeth begin to develop during the second month of your pregnancy.

Some babies are born with teeth that have already erupted from their gums.

The average age for a baby’s central incisor’s to erupt is 6-10 months (lower teeth) and 8-12 months (upper teeth).

However it’s ok if your baby is at the extreme of either end of the statistical chart, like my little Firecracker. If you’re concerned, ask your dentist or other moms for a good pediatric dentist referral.

For a quick reference, here’s a chart for when your child should be developing their smile.

Upper Teeth Erupt Shed
Central Incisor 8-12 months 6-7 years
Lateral incisor 9-13 months 7-8 years
Canine (cuspid) 16-22 months 10-12 years
First Molar 13-19 months 9-11 years
Second Molar 25-33 months 10-12 years
Lower Teeth
Central Incisor 6-10 months 6-7 years
Lateral incisor 10-16 months 7-8 years
Canine (cuspid) 17-23 months 9-12 years
First Molar 14-18 months 9-11 years
Second Molar 23-31 months 10-12 years

*Source: American Dental Association

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