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Getting and Losing Teeth

When teeth start to appear

Baby teeth usually start to appear between 4-7 months of age. The lower teeth usually come in first. Once your baby’s teeth appear, it is time to start brushing them with a smear of fluoride toothpaste on an infant sized toothbrush. A smear of toothpaste is the size of a grain of rice.

[Baby Teeth Eruption Chart- First]

At 4 years old, your child’s jaw and facial bones will likely grow to make space between the baby teeth so that adult teeth have room to come in.

Losing Teeth

Between the ages of 6 and 12 years, your child will start losing baby teeth. During these years, your child’s smile will have both adult and baby teeth. When teeth fall out, they can fall out in any order.

[Baby Teeth Eruption Chart- Second]

Adult Teeth

Usually the middle teeth (central incisors) are the first to come out around age 6 to 7 years.

  • The ones on the sides of the middle teeth (lateral incisors) come out around age 7 or 8.
  • Molars and canines can be lost at any time after age 8, and will be gone by age 9 to 12.

Around age 12 years, your child will have a set of 28 permanent, adult teeth.

Be sure to inspect your child’s teeth for signs of decay. If you see something that concerns you, call a dentist right away.