Infant Tooth Eruption

Baby’s first teeth erupt between 3-9 months, averaging at about 6 months. You may notice that your baby is fussier during this time, and seeks items to chew. Teething can be a trying time for parents and babies, but there are many things that you can do to help your baby feel better, such as offering a refrigerated teether or washcloth, or gently rubbing your baby’s sore gums.

Your baby’s primary teeth will erupt throughout the first three years of his or her life. Between 4-6 months, the two middle bottom teeth (the lower central incisors) erupt, followed by the two middle top teeth (the upper central incisors) between 8-10 months. The upper lateral and lower lateral incisors abutting the erupted teeth follow a few months later. The first molars and companion molars erupt at a little after a year. The canines erupt at about 1.5-2 years old. The second molars erupt last, by about age 3.

Primary teeth play an important role in speech. It is important to keep your infant’s/toddler’s teeth healthy, as any tooth decay may affect the growing permanent teeth beneath them. Your child should come in for a first dental appointment by his or her first birthday.