Tooth Eruption

Chart of Children's tooth growth

Teeth come in all shapes and sizes. They also come at various times, don’t be alarmed if your child doesn’t have “enough” teeth. Visit with Dr. Reed and he can advise you if there is any reason for concern. The first baby teeth come into the mouth are typically the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your child is about six to eight months old. Next to follow should be the four upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2-1/2 years old.

At around 2-1/2 years old, your child should have all 20 primary teeth. Between the ages of five and six, the first permanent teeth should begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth will replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different!

Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they are also important to chewing, biting, speech, and appearance. For theses reason it is very important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene even though you might think they are “just” baby teeth. 

Here are a few charts that will let you know an estimate of when you should anticipate teeth coming in or “falling out”. Notice that we don’t expect any of our permanent teeth to disappear. 

Tooth Chart 1

Tooth Chart 2