By the time a child reaches age the age of three, he or she will most likely have a winning smile of 20 baby teeth or “milk teeth.” Every child gets these baby teeth in at a different pace. As a baby’s first birthday approaches, many parents wonder just how many teeth their tots should have.
Did you know that a baby is born with 20 primary teeth already present in the jaws? The first teeth are said to typically appear when a baby is between six months and one year of age.
Hoping your little one sports a toothy smile for those first birthday pictures? Wondering how many baby teeth are normal? The number of teeth your baby will have by age one is generally determined by a child’s dental DNA: that is, when mom and dad first began teething themselves.
Most babies, however, will have at least a few baby teeth come in during the months leading up to their first birthdays. My daughter just turned one and has almost eight teeth now.
If you’re worried that your baby is not developing properly, you’re not alone. But for curious parents everywhere, know that as many as eight or as little as no teeth during the first year can be within the range of normal.
“The average age for first teeth is 6 months, but it is normal to vary quite a lot,” says Dr. Alan Greene, MD, FAAP. “First teeth can take as long as 15 to 18 months to appear.”
He notes that when it comes to teeth development, you don’t really have to be concerned until after one year.
“When kids get beyond 1 year old (corrected age) with no teeth, it’s a good idea to have a visit with a pediatric dentist just to make sure the teeth appear to be developing correctly,” Dr. Greene says.
In What Order Will Baby Teeth Appear?
When it comes to the order of appearance of baby teeth, usually the first to pop up include the two front bottom teeth – the lower central incisors – and the upper front teeth. These generally come in when baby is around seven months of age.
From 12 to 15 months: The upper and lower lateral incisors will make their appearances. These are the teeth located on either side of the center ones.
From 15 to 18 months: The fang teeth, otherwise known as the canines, will pop up. The uppers usually appear first.
From 18 to 24 months: By now, most toddlers will have their first toddler molars (which have been said to be very painful when coming in). Second (back) molars will possibly start popping up as well.
From 24 to 36 months: The last set of molar’s should be in by month 33. And hopefully, your little one will have a set of 20 pearly whites by age three!
If you’d like a nifty graphic to keep track as each new tooth makes its debut, check out this baby teeth eruption chart.
Taking Care Of Baby Teeth
Don’t forget to take care of those new chompers! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing baby in after the first tooth sprouts or by their first birthday.
When your little one’s teeth come in, it’s important to start good brushing habits early. At least once a day at bedtime, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a head designed for infants to remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay.
Most parents know, teething can hurt. Here are some great teething products to help you and your little one cope with the process.
5 Terrific Teethers Your Baby Will Love
Sophie the giraffe has been a must-have on many baby shower lists for good reason. This particular version of the much-loved teether is made from 100% natural rubber and features a seamless design without holes. It comes with two attached rings that have different textures.
“The softer design is especially geared toward advanced teethers, but all babies can enjoy it,” says Jennifer Taylor at MomTricks. “A must-have for your diaper bag!”
This cute cow is one of my daughter’s favorite teethers. Made of natural rubber with malleable edges, it’s also a fun squeak toy. This little cow has kept my girl content in church, in the supermarket and when lounging around at home.
Like the above teethers, this butterfly-shaped teether is non-toxic. It can be placed in the fridge or freezer to provide extra relief to baby’s gums and is designed with soft surface textures that help to soothe irritation and inflammation.
These non-toxic fun-looking fruit tree teethers are easy for tiny hands to grip. Textured surfaces soothe and massage sore gums.
The teethers also be chilled in the fridge and have been said to be great for sensitive baby mouths.
This baby teether was designed with the fact that babies love biting fingers in mind. Made from hygienic and safe silicone material, it comes in orange and blue.