Baby Teeth: When to Expect Baby Teeth Eruption

Baby Teeth: When to Expect Baby Teeth EruptionYour baby’s gummy smile is so cute but soon she’ll have a few pearly whites poking through her grin. The beginning of teething may bring about a lot of uncertainty, especially for breastfeeding moms. But knowing the order of baby teeth eruption can be useful as you monitor your baby’s development and as you help her navigate teething.

 

You may be dreading the teething process based on nightmare stories you’ve heard from other moms. It’s true, sharp teeth cutting through delicate baby gums can be quite painful and disruptive for your little one. But some babies actually show no sign of pain or indication that they are teething at all. Every baby handles teething differently so it’s impossible to know how your baby will react.

Here’s some information about baby teeth to keep in mind:

Signs Your Baby is Teething

In general, babies may drool more, try to gum or bite anything and everything in sight, point to their mouths or put their fingers in their mouths to stop the pain, tug on their ears and become more irritable during teething. You may notice your baby doesn’t want to breastfeed, becomes restless during sleep times and has diarrhea too.

Breastfeeding and Teething

On top of anxiety that your baby will be extra fussy and won’t sleep and eat well, breastfeeding moms fear biting during feedings. While this can happen, it’s actually less common than you think. If it does, nip the behavior right away by immediately unlatching your baby and saying “No biting, that hurts mommy.” Then let your baby resume breastfeeding. After a few interruptions, most babies learn not to bite.

When to Expect Baby Teeth Eruption

Just like other skills, milestones and elements of your baby’s development, baby teeth arrive at their own pace. However, there is a typical range of baby teeth eruption that may be useful to know as you await those 20 adorable tiny teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, this is the general timing and order you can expect baby teeth:

  • Lower Central Incisors (bottom front teeth): 6-10 months
  • Upper Central Incisors (top front teeth): 8-12 months
  • Upper Lateral Incisors (top 2nd teeth): 9-13 months
  • Lower Lateral Incisors (bottom 2nd teeth): 10-16 months
  • Upper First Molar (top 4th teeth): 13-19 months
  • Lower First Molar (bottom 4th teeth): 14-18 months
  • Upper Canines (top 3rd cuspid teeth): 16-22 months
  • Lower Canines (bottom 3rd cuspid teeth): 17-23 months
  • Lower Second Molar (bottom 5th teeth): 23-31 months
  • Upper Second Molar (top 5th teeth): 25-33 months

While these ranges are average, baby teeth eruption is not an indication of a developmental delay. If you are concerned about lack of baby teeth, discuss it with your pediatrician. If necessary, you can have an x-ray taken of your baby’s mouth to ensure teeth are indeed below the surface.

Loss of Baby Teeth & Eruption of Permanent Teeth

Usually baby teeth fall out in the same order they came in. This process typically begins around age six and continues until around age 12. Between the ages of six and 21 permanent teeth will erupt and 12 new teeth will emerge for a total of 32 permanent teeth.

Be sure to start brushing your little one’s baby teeth as soon as they appear. This beginning of a healthy dental routine will serve your child well as she grows new teeth. The health of baby teeth is an indication of the ultimate health of permanent teeth.

Sources: American Dental Association, Baby Center and Mama Natural