• 02 MAR 12
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    About the baby teeth

    About the baby teeth

    When will we see the first teeth?

    The following chart provides an estimated time frame for eruption of your baby’s primary teeth (baby teeth) and also when you can expect them to fall out, in order to make way for their adult ones.

    Upper Teeth

    Age tooth emerges

    Age tooth falls out

    Central incisor

    8 to 12 months

    6 to 7 years

    Lateral incisor

    9 to 13 months

    7 to 8 years

    Canine (eye tooth)

    16 to 22 months

    10 to 12 years

    First molar

    13 to 19 months

    9 to 11 years

    Second molar

    25 to 33 months

    10 to 12 years

    Lower Teeth

     

     

    Second molar

    23 to 31 months

    10 to 12 years

    First molar

    14 to 18 months

    9 to 11 years

    Canine (eye tooth)

    17 to 23 months

    9 to 12 years

    Lateral incisor

    10 to 16 months

    7 to 8 years

    Central incisor

    6 to 10 months

    6 to 7 years

    Are the ‘baby teeth’ really important?

    Baby teeth are important, not only for chewing food, but also to reserve space in the jaw for future adult teeth.  If neglected, baby teeth can decay, causing pain and  leading to a situation where the tooth may need to be extracted.

    Some people think that caring for baby teeth isn’t crucial because they are going to fall out any way. However, the premature extraction of a baby tooth allows nearby teeth to drift into the gap, thereby creating problems for the emerging adult tooth. In addition, the habits required to care for the adult teeth are best learned prior to their arrival.

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