Parents of newborns around the world anxiously await the period known as “teething,” a time in which a child’s teeth push through the gums, causing a great deal of pain and frustration. Developing an understanding of when teeth come in can give parents a strong indication of what to expect and aid in planning for dental care at this early age.
Children gain and lose teeth before their permanent teeth come in during a process known as eruption and shedding. When kids are born, the crowns of about 20 of their teeth are already formed. Over the next three years, most of a child’s teeth will erupt. Shedding typically occurs between 6 and 10 years old, at which time a child has his or her set of permanent teeth that will last a lifetime.
The first teeth that emerge are the central incisors, which usually arrive at around 6 months of age. The second molars are the last teeth to erupt, appearing around 33-36 months.
As a child grows, the first teeth that typically shed are the central incisors on the top and bottom of the mouth. The last teeth to fall out aren’t always as clear and depend on the child.
This chart, provided by the American Dental Association, serves as a guide for parents:
According to the Cleveland Clinic, once teeth emerge, approximately four teeth will erupt during every six month period of a child’s early life. Teeth will usually erupt in pairs, with one on either side of the mouth. At around age 4, a child’s mouth will start to grow so that there’s more space for larger, permanent teeth to appear after the “baby teeth” shed.
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