Tooth eruption is an essential milestone in your child’s development, and understanding the process can help you ensure your child’s dental health from an early age. Typically, the first primary teeth begin to emerge between 6 months and 1 year of age. By the time your child is 3 years old, they usually have a full set of 20 primary teeth.

We recommend scheduling your child’s first dental appointment when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. This early visit allows us to monitor their oral health and provide guidance on proper dental care practices.

The first teeth to erupt are generally the central incisors, the front teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. These are followed by the lateral incisors and then the first molars. The eruption of molars can be a painful experience for many children. To alleviate discomfort, you can use cool gauzes or teething rings. Next, the canine teeth emerge, followed by the second molars.

Your child’s baby teeth will typically fall out in the same sequence they emerged, starting with the front teeth and progressing to the molars. Most children follow this general pattern, but it is important to remember that every child is unique. Some may experience delays, while others might have multiple teeth erupt or fall out simultaneously.

Maintaining a routine of regular dental checkups is crucial during these formative years. If you notice any irregularities in your child’s tooth eruption, schedule or have concerns about their dental health, please reach out to our dentist and team. We are here to provide you with the support and care your child needs for a healthy smile.

Should you have any questions about tooth eruption in Boise, Idaho, or wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis, give State Street Dental a call at 208-939-1700. We are here to assist you in helping your child’s dental journey starts off right.