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A baby teeth chart shows - month by month - when to expect which teeth, it's also a good guide to know when your baby will be fussier as teething can be painful and affect their mood, eating, and sleeping.
As with any baby development milestones, including the first time they smile, their first words and first steps these all happen at different times for different children. This is the same with teething, teeth tend to come in from around the 6-month age, some babies are earlier some are later. Baby teeth are important and those first two little bottom front ones are the cutest. Check our our baby teeth chart, it makes it easier for you to know which tooth to expect when and to be ready for them.
The NHS recommends (opens in new tab) seeing a dentist regularly from the moment baby teeth emerge, this helps children to get used to the dentists and oral examinations.
Baby Teeth Chart
A baby teeth chart will give you a rough idea of when teething will really kick up a notch for your little one.
What we know as 'baby teeth' are professionally referred to as primary or deciduous teeth and they are temporary placeholders for the permanent set. And, when it comes to baby teeth there’s a wide range of normal. The average first baby tooth erupts - or 'comes through' - at 6 or 7 months, but first teeth can emerge at around 12 months old (or even later). While some babies can cut their first teeth very early, at around 3 or 4 months old. All babies are different.
As Family Editor here at Goodto.com I also have a child, he's almost 5 now, but when he was a baby he cut his first bottom teeth just after 6 months. And I noticed change in him before they'd even cut the gum. My health visitor told me that teeth shuffle below the surface of the gum, finding their place before pushing through and this can be uncomfortable for little ones.
What order do baby teeth come in?
The bottom two front teeth, the incisors, are usually the first teeth to come through. This usually happens around 5 - 7 months old. These are followed by the top incisors, front teeth, at around 6 - 8 months old.
Teeth usually come through in pairs, with one on each side of the upper or lower jaw, until all 20 teeth have arrived. Usually by the time your child is 2 1/2 to 3 years old, all of the primary teeth will have come through or 'erupted'.
Below is a typical baby teeth timeline, so you know when to be on the lookout for baby teeth eruption;
- Upper central incisor: Erupts 8-12 months
- Upper lateral incisor: Erupts 9-13 months
- Upper first molar: Erupts 13-19 months
- Upper canine or cuspid: Erupts 16-22 months
- Upper second molar: Erupts 25-33 months
- Lower central incisor: Erupts 6-10 months
- Lower lateral incisor: Erupts 10-16 months
- Lower first molar: Erupts 14-18 months
- Lower canine or cuspid: Erupts 17-23 months
- Lower second molar: Erupts 23-31 months
Is teething painful for babies?
Teething is where the tooth is cutting the fresh gum to make room to come through, so yes it is painful for babies. You may notice your baby becoming fussier, more clingy, crying more and gumming on your hand, necklace anything they can reach. The pressure of gumming on something can help relieve the pain. The pain of teething affects mood, appetite, sleep and can last for around 8 days. The good news is that the pain flares as the tooth is breaking through the gums, but then typically subsides.
Signs and symptoms of teething are;
- Red cheeks
- Gumming and chewing on objects
- Mild temperature of 37+
- Fussier and clingier than usual
- Rubbing or pulling on one ear
Which teeth hurt the most coming through?
While all teeth bring with them pain, the molars - at around 25 months old - tend to be the most painful when the come through. This is because they cover a larger surface area.
What age do baby teeth fall out?
It's around the ages of 6 and 7 years old that your little one will start to notice wobbly teeth. The primary teeth will start to fall out to make room for the permanent teeth around this age, though as always, all children are different. And sometimes there can be as long as a year delay in this happening. A study (opens in new tab) shows that losing teeth is probably one of the first biological changes to their own body that children experience consciously.
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Stephanie Lowe is Family Editor at GoodTo covering all things parenting, pregnancy and more. She has over 13 years' experience as a digital journalist with a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to all things family and lifestyle. Stephanie lives in Kent with her husband and son, Ted. With his love of choo-choos, Hey Duggee and finger painting he keeps her on her toes.
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