Parents worry their child’s teeth will not fall on time. This article is specially created to explain about the different periods when a child’s teeth may appear, fall and in which order.
Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are the first teeth your child will have. The first ones to come in are the lower central incisors which come around the age of six months. And the last ones to show are the second upper primary molars, which appear between 30-36 months. By the time your child is three, they should have 20 baby teeth. For the next three years, these teeth will remain unchanged.
Between the age of 3 and 6, the primary teeth stay in place. But the next period, between 6 and 8, up to eight primary teeth will change in rapid succession. This agitated period is followed by another calm one between 8 and 10, where the pause will take many parents by surprise. The last twelve baby teeth fall between the ages of 10 and 13.
|3-6||Not much activity|
|6-8||First 8 teeth will change|
|8-10||Not much activity|
|10-13||Last 12 teeth will change|
There are some exceptions in the sequence of the loss of baby teeth. But in general, the teeth will fall in the same order they came in. The front lower and upper four teeth change between the ages of 6 and 8. The first to change are the lower central incisors and then the upper central incisors. The lower and upper lateral incisors change between the ages of 7 and 8. By the time your child turns 8, they should have all eight permanent incisors in place.
At the age of ten, after a 2-year break, the upper first molars and lower canines will start to change. Usually, they are followed by the lower first molars around age 11. The upper canines tend to change at the same time with the lower and upper second molars at around age 12.
|6||Lower and upper central incisors|
|7||Lower and upper lateral incisors|
|10||Lower canines and upper first molars|
|11||Lower first molars|
|12||Upper canines and upper and lower second molars|
But all this is just statistic. Some kids can start changing their teeth faster, while others slower. In general, girls start changing their teeth faster than the boys. It is entirely possible to see a 10-year old with all the permanent teeth and a 14-year old with some baby teeth still hanging.
If your child lost a tooth and after three months the permanent replacement is not coming in, you should visit a dentist because there may be a problem. Missing and crowding teeth can be the reason. Because of this, you should visit your dentist or orthodontist.
You should take your child to a dentist even before they are one year old and also for periodic checkups. In addition to this, when they turn 7 you should take them to an orthodontist and check the way your child’s teeth are coming in. With the help of a dentist and orthodontist, you can make sure your child’s teeth will develop healthily and correctly.