Little people can be very unpredictable, so whilst 6 months is the most common age for them to start to teethe, not all babies follow this. Some babies are born with teeth (I know, ouch!) while some remain happily toothless until after their first birthday. It is all normal though, as every baby is different.
There is, however, some evidence to suggest that gender plays a role – with girls’ teeth racing to appear sooner than boys.
Whenever that first tooth does appear mind, one thing that usually remains the same is the order in which baby teeth pop through. It’s usually the two middle incisors that come through first on the bottom gum followed by the top two (cue that very cute new smile!). Then two more, one on either side of the first two. Then it’s the first molars, the canines and eye teeth, top first again then bottom. FINALLY the big teeth right at the back, the second molars, appear (often causing a bit of trouble on their way).
By the time your baby is two and a half years old, he or she should have a full set of twenty teeth – ten on the top and ten on the bottom – which they’ll keep until they are about six years old.
It’s a great idea to take your child for their first trip to the dentist about six months after that first tooth erupts. If you have any questions about the specifics of your baby’s teething, then this is the perfect time to ask.
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