Seeing your infant get their very first tooth is a significant milestone, and they come through in five distinct stages.
- Children are born with a complete set of 20 teeth underneath their gums, ready to come through when the time is right.
- Typically, a child’s baby teeth or primary teeth begin pushing through the gums around six months. The upper and lower front teeth are the first teeth to push through, followed by the lateral incisors.
- From 10 months to 14 months, your child’s first primary molars begin to erupt.
- When your child is aged 16 months to 22 months, their canine teeth begin to erupt. These are the teeth that come through between the incisors and molars.
- At age 25 to 33 months, your child gets their large second molars that come in just behind the first molars.
As soon as your child gets their first teeth, you need to start brushing them carefully. It’s also a great time to book their very first dental visit, just so we can check your child’s teeth are erupting as expected, and we can give you plenty of information on how to care for those precious first teeth.