What Order Do Baby Teeth Come In?

A drooling, irritable baby with swollen gums is a telltale sign of teething. While baby teeth actually develop before birth, they start to erupt by the child’s first birthday. Although each baby’s teeth develop differently, there’s a general order of when specific types of teeth erupt. Our infographic shows the different types of teeth, where they are located, typical timeframes they emerge and includes tips on developing a healthy smile for your child.

baby teeth order

Lower central incisors

  • The first baby tooth to erupt and it occurs between 4 and 8 months.
  • TIP – When the first tooth appears, or by the child’s first birthday, schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist.

Upper central incisors

  • The upper middle teeth erupt usually between 8 and 12 months.
  • TIP – When teeth first come in, the gums are tender. Gently rub child’s gums with a clean finger, or a wet gauze pad to help soothe the soreness.

Upper lateral incisors

  • The upper teeth to the right and left of your center teeth usually come in around 9 to 13 months.
  • TIP – Prevent baby bottle tooth decay by having your child finish their bottle and wiping their teeth clean before bed.

Lower lateral incisors

  • The lower teeth to the right and left of the center, appear around 10 to 16 months.
  • TIP – As your child grows, they need more calcium to supplement healthy bone and tooth development.

Upper first molars

  • The top molars erupt between about 13 and 19 months.
  • TIP – Toddlers can learn to brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and should eats lots of fruits and vegetables, high in water content, to help clean teeth.

Lower first molars

  • The bottom molars emerge around 14 to 18 months.
  • TIP – Schedule visits every 6 months with a pediatric dentist to monitor oral health

Upper cuspid

  • Also known as canines, the cuspid appears between the incisors and first molars at 16 to 22 months.
  • TIP – By the time a child is 3 years old, they should have all 20 of their primary teeth.

Lower cuspid/canines

  • Appears between the lower incisors and first molars around 17 to 23 months.

Lower second molars

  • The lower second molars usually erupt between 23 and 31 months.

Upper second molars

  • The final teeth erupts around 25 to 33 months.

No matter what stage of tooth development your child is at, Jenkins & LeBlanc would love to be a part of growing their healthy smiles. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations today.