New born babies continue growing teeth after birth just like any other body parts. The first teeth begins to grow in babies when they are 6 months old up until the age of 3. Isn’t it cute to see the 2 front teeth appear first on the lower jaw? Next, comes the incisors on the upper front and sides, followed by the lower front teeth and finally the canines and molars, making 20 baby teeth in total.
A. Central incisor / Erupt: 8 - 12 months / Shed: 6 - 7 years B. Lateral incisor / Erupt: 8 - 12 months / Shed: 6 - 7 years C. Canine / Erupt: 8 - 12 months / Shed: 6 - 7 years D. First molar / Erupt: 8 - 12 months / Shed: 6 - 7 years E. Second molar / Erupt: 8 - 12 months / Shed: 6 - 7 years
F. Second molar / Erupt: 23 - 31 months / Shed: 10 - 12 years G. First molar / Erupt: 14 - 18 months / Shed: 9 - 11 years H. Canine / Erupt: 17 - 23 months / Shed: 9 - 12 years I. Lateral incisor / Erupt: 10 - 16 months / Shed: 7 - 8 years J. Central incisor / Erupt: 6 - 20 months / Shed: 6 - 7 years
Although milk teeth or baby teeth will eventually fall off and will be replaced with permanent teeth, it’s still important to look after them. Baby teeth are crucial, so your child can chew and speak properly. Another important role of milk teeth is to save space for the healthy growth of adult permanent teeth.
Good care of baby first teeth ensures proper positioning of permanent teeth when they grow. When a child is young, parents are responsible for taking care of their teeth. As your child grows, teach him or her to take care of their teeth properly to reduce the chance of cavities. Tooth pain caused by baby teeth and gingival swelling can affect tooth growth.