Baby Teeth (and Baby Photos!)

Congrats to Dr. Dougherty on the arrival of her new baby! To celebrate, we’d like to share a few baby pictures and answer some questions about baby teeth. One question that new parents commonly ask is: When do baby teeth start coming in? Keep reading for helpful information on tooth eruption and average teething ages for infants and toddlers.

When Do Baby Teeth Start Coming In?

Baby teeth typically start to come in at age 6–8 months. The technical term for this is tooth eruption. The bottom two front teeth, or lower central incisors, usually erupt first. Then the top four front teeth—the upper central incisors and upper lateral incisors—will erupt between the ages of 8–13 months. The tooth eruption pattern essentially moves from front to back. The front teeth come in first, followed by the canines, and then (finally) the back molars. Your baby’s first molars will probably erupt by age 18 months, and the second molars will show up around age 2 or 2½ years. At that point, your child will be done teething!

Click on the link to view a helpful Primary Tooth Development Chart provided by the American Dental Association (ADA).

What if My Baby Starts Teething Early or Late?

Keep in mind that every baby is different. Your child’s development may vary somewhat from the average tooth eruption rates. If your baby starts teething a little earlier or later than expected, don’t worry! That’s perfectly normal. Contact your pediatrician with any questions or concerns about baby teeth.

Meet Dr. Dougherty’s New Baby!

Speaking of babies…we are thrilled to welcome a tiny new member to the Dougherty Orthodontics family! Kolton Brooks Dougherty was born on September 23, 2015, and weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. This little cutie’s first baby teeth should start showing up in about 6–8 months, around the time he starts sitting up and crawling. But for now, he is enjoying lots of snuggle time with his mommy, daddy, and big brother.

Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about teething symptoms or when your baby can start eating solid foods. If you have older children in elementary or middle school, stay tuned for our next blog post! We will be addressing another common question: What is the best age for braces?