My Baby Has a Tooth: Now What?

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Assuring great dental health begins during pregnancy and then depends on a lifetime of appropriate nutrition and oral care. There is nothing like seeing that first tooth in the mouth of your child, usually occurring around 6 months of age. It is a predictable ballet of primary tooth ("baby teeth") emergence, completed between 2-3 years of age, followed by visits from the tooth fairy and the development of a child's permanent teeth, which are designed to last a lifetime.

Tooth Eruption Chart
Upper Teeth Tooth Emerges Tooth Falls Out
Central Incisors 6-10 months of age 7-8 years of age
Lateral Incisors 8-12 months of age 8-9 years of age
Canines 16-20 months of age 11-12 years of age
First Molars 11-18 months of age 9-11 years of age
Second Molars 20-30 months of age 9-12 years of age
Lower Teeth    
Central Incisors 5-8 months of age 6-7 years of age
Lateral Incisors 7-10 months of age 7-8 years of age
Canines 16-20 months of age 9-11 years of age
First Molars 11-18 months of age 10-12 years of age
Second Molars 20-30 months of age 11-13 years of age