There are so many happy milestones to celebrate with our children as they grow. One of these milestones is gaining baby teeth. Many parents are unaware that their baby’s teeth should come in under a certain order. However, sometimes this doesn’t always happen, and baby teeth might come in out of order.
Is This a Problem?
According to AAP, all children are different and if their baby teeth come in out of order, don’t sweat it. Usually, a child will gain their teeth in a certain order however, it won’t hurt them a bit if they come in slightly out of order. Again, each child is different. Some can be born with baby teeth already intact. One baby might start teething at 4 months while another baby might start teething at 9 months. This is normal and shouldn’t worry you too much. However, it’s always perfectly normal to take your child to a pediatric dentist if you have any worries whatsoever about their teeth coming in. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
What is the Order Their Teeth Normally Come in?
It’s important to point out, again, that not all children will follow this schedule exactly and that’s ok. However, on average, a baby will gain their teeth in a certain order. Healthline states that the general order of baby teeth developing is as follows: Central incisors, lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. It’s common for the bottom teeth to come in before the top teeth.
When Should I Expect Teething to Begin?
On average, babies begin teething around 6 months of age. They often will receive their last tooth around 33 months of age (around 2.5 years old). Tooth growth usually comes in four-month increments. For example, you may notice a couple of teeth start coming in at once or slightly staggered from each other. Usually, these will come in and four months later, the next set will begin appearing. Of course, again, each child is different, and this is just a generalization that can change from child to child. It’s advised that you definitely see a dentist if your child still has had no baby teeth appear by 18 months of age.
What Are Issues to Look Out For?
Sometimes children’s teeth will come in too crowded. Baby teeth are smaller than adult teeth therefore, your baby’s teeth should have gaps in between each tooth. This allows the bigger adult teeth to come in comfortably. However, if a baby’s teeth are crowded as they come in, it’s important to see a pediatric dentist about this. Crowded teeth can cause decay which can lead to early tooth loss, infections, etc.
Baby teeth are easily prone to decay because they’re sensitive. A child’s baby teeth are vital to their development. This means you should be keeping your child’s teeth clean as soon as they begin appearing. It’s even advised that oral health is observed even before teeth begin erupting since the teeth are just below the gums and can be affected before they even appear. Things, like massaging the gums or using a soft cloth to wipe the gums, are good steps to take if teeth aren’t showing.
As always, speak to your pediatric dentist if you have any questions are concerns. If it involves your child’s oral health at all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes down to it. That’s what dentists are here for.