When Should my Child's Teeth Come in? (Diagram)

Children's bodies grow so fast, and it's no different when it comes to their teeth especially within the first year of life. Knowing what to look for can help you identify early on if there are any issues that need to be addressed by a dentist. Keep in mind that every child is unique, but here you'll find the typical timelines you should expect to see your child's teeth emerge.


5-8 Months Old

Typically between 6 and 8 months of age, your child should see their central incisors come in. These are the front two teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth and function to cut or shear food into small pieces.


8-13 Months Old

During this time the lateral incisors begin making their appearance, which are the teeth that align on either side of the central incisors creating a bridge of four teeth across the top. These teeth also have the same function as to the central incisors.


16-22 Months Old

Once your child enters into this time period, you should see their canines (or cuspids) spring up. These are located directly next to the lateral incisors, and they are there to help grip and tear food.


13-19 Months Old

In come the molars! Typically during this time you will see the first molars (or pre-molars) come in next to the canines. These teeth function to tear or crush food.


25-33 Months Old

Last but not least, the second molars will appear next to the first molars. These teeth are there to crush, chew and grind food.

Do you have any questions about your child's teeth in particular? Don't hesitate to ask!

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