Timing for Teeth: Everything You Need to Know About Your Kid’s Mouth
Babies are born with 20 teeth in their mouth! Their first set of teeth generally remains underneath the gums until the baby is about 6 months old. Then the teeth start to emerge in a process we call “teething.” A child tends to have a mouth full of teeth around the age of 3. So what happens between 6 months and 3 years? What happens between 3 and 21, when most adults have all of their permanent teeth?
Young children, of course, tend to lose their baby teeth as they grow older. That’s what keeps the tooth fairy so busy! When those baby teeth fall out, they are replaced by permanent teeth. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are usually the last to arrive in the late teenage years.
As to what to expect when, check out this eruption chart for babies and young children, provided by Mouth Healthy:
Each child is different, of course, but you should see certain teeth erupt and then fall out within the timeframe listed. Once the baby’s first tooth pops through, be sure to take your child to the dentist for that first, all-important checkup!
As the child starts to lose the baby teeth and new, permanent teeth erupt, there is a new pattern to watch for in your child’s tooth development. This permanent tooth eruption chart is also provided by Mouth Healthy:
Your child’s first permanent teeth tend to come in around age 6 and the last molar usually arrives between the age of 17 and 21.
Good dental health is important at all stages of your child’s tooth development progress. Once the teeth start coming in, your dentist can check for proper alignment of the teeth, jaw, and mouth to ensure that once all 32 teeth are permanently in place, they are happy and healthy!