Baby Teeth: Order of Appearance

By April 27, 2015Blog

Baby TeethDo you have a little one under 3 on your hands? One of the most common questions that we get at SoCal Dental Care is about the order of appearance of Baby’s Teeth. Moms and Dads, particularly first timers, often wonder if their child’s pearly whites are coming out normally and how they can be sure. Below is a quick, general guide to make sure your baby is on track.



  • In what order will your child’s teeth come in?

    Most children’s baby teeth — also known as primary teeth — emerge in a certain order. Here’s what you’re likely to see as your child transitions from gums to pearly whites.

  • Lower central incisors

    The bottom middle teeth typically emerge first, between 4 and 7 months. These little pioneers usually arrive around the same time.

  • Upper central incisors

    The upper middle teeth come next, usually between 8 and 12 months. Your bunny looks so hoppin’ cute!

  • Upper lateral incisors

    Around 9 to 13 months, you’ll see the upper teeth to the right and left of center, giving your baby a row of four Tic Tacs across the top.

  • Lower lateral incisors

    The lower teeth to the right and left of center make their debut around 10 to 16 months. Now your baby can flash quite a toothy smile.

  • Upper first molars

    Your child’s first molars — the wider teeth toward the back of the mouth — erupt on the top between about 13 and 19 months. They won’t have much to do until their pals on the bottom show up.

  • Lower first molars

    The companion molars on the bottom emerge around 14 to 18 months. Now your toddler can really show those crackers who’s boss.

  • Upper canines

    Also called a cuspid, the upper canine fills the gap between the incisors and first molars at 16 to 22 months. Fun fact: These teeth are sometimes called dog teeth.

  • Lower canines

    The lower cuspids make their appearance around 17 to 23 months. Your child’s smile is probably the brightest it’ll ever be since baby teeth are whiter than permanent teeth.

  • Lower second molars

    The rear molars usually poke through on the bottom first, between 23 and 31 months. Kids don’t usually complain of much teething pain at this stage — maybe because they’re busy looking at their favorite book five times in a row.

  • Upper second molars

    Around 25 to 33 months, the final teeth — the rear molars on the top — creep into place. By age 3, most kids have a full set of 20 baby teeth and can give you a brilliant grin.

  • Need a second opinion to make sure your babies teeth are strong, healthy and a great start? Call your dentist at SoCal Dental Care and schedule a check up to make sure baby is on his or her way to perfect, pearly whites.