As a parent, you may wonder whether your toddler’s baby teeth are on schedule. Even though baby teeth usually come in around the same time and the same order for all toddlers, no two toddlers are exactly alike. This means there is some flexibility so don’t worry if your friend’s child develops certain teeth before yours.
Believe it or not, your toddler’s teeth were actually formed long before they made their debut into this world. They are hidden underneath the gums and ready to make their appearance when the time comes. At first, you’ll notice your child's incisions appear. These are important because they make it possible for them to bite into foods.
You can expect their lower central incisors or bottom front teeth to pop up when they’re anywhere between six and 12 months old. At the eight to 12 month phase, the upper incisors will come in. Next, the upper lateral incisors on each side of the front teeth will arrive. You’ll notice their lower lateral incisors anywhere between 10 to 16 months.
Once all your toddler’s incisors are in, it will be time for their molars, which are vital as they can help them chew and grind food. Their upper molars will come at 13 to 19 months while their lower molars will initially make an appearance when they’re between 14 and 18 months. It’s highly likely that your toddler will have 12 teeth by 18 months. Wilmington, NC dentist Gabriel Rich states that contacting a dentist is important when asking oral health questions about your child.
To ensure your toddler’s teeth are coming in as they should, schedule frequent appointments with the pediatric dentist. Through routine exams and cleanings, you’ll get a good idea of whether they’re on track and learn about any issues early on.
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