When Do Teeth Typically Emerge?

when does a baby's first toothIt can be very exciting when your child’s first teeth appears. Typically, for most babies, teeth begin to appear at about six months of age. Tooth eruption schedule refers to the approximate timeline of when baby teeth and adult teeth begin to erupt or emerge from the gums. When the first teeth appear or by their first birthday is usually the recommended time to schedule with a child’s first visit to the dentist. After the first checkup, it becomes important to visit the dentist at least twice a year or once every six months (just like for adults). No matter how many teeth your child has, it is important to check on the health of the teeth to keep everything running smoothly. 

Baby (Primary) Teeth

The front teeth on the top and bottom are generally the first teeth to start to appear at about 6 months old. All of these teeth are typically in place by age two. First molars, the chewing teeth in the back of the mouth, usually emerge between 1-2 years old. Second molars, chewing teeth in the very back of the mouth, generally erupt between ages 2 and 3. Many people are different and your dentist can monitor anything that may seem unusual about the eruption pattern.

Permanent Teeth

As the permanent adult teeth begin to emerge around the age of six years old, the baby teeth will begin fall out to make room. As the baby teeth continue to be lost, the permanent teeth will continue to emerge between about the ages of 6 and 12. It can become necessary to extract a baby tooth, if there is trauma, infection, or as part of orthodontic treatment.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. These teeth typically erupt in the later teenage years. A dentist may use x-rays to monitor any early to signs of trouble with the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can be impacted within the jaw bone, come in at a bad angle, or not have room to emerge. If wisdom teeth are problematic for the rest of the smile, an extraction may be recommended.

Has your baby’s first tooth emerged?

Once the first tooth erupts, it is important to schedule a dental appointment. To schedule a consultation, call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, at 409-744-4551.