Some kids get their teeth earlier than others. It’s a very individualized process that depends simply on the body’s own timing. Even twins can differ in their tooth development.
Generally, girls tend to switch out teeth sooner than boys.
Knowing what to expect can help you keep you in-tune with your child’s oral health and natural tooth development.
First molars are the first adult teeth you can usually expect to see. These adult molars will show up at the very back of your child’s current set of teeth around 6 or 7 years of age.
Around the same time, the front four teeth on top and bottom will loosen by turn and fall out to make room for the grown-up versions.
Next, the lower canines (“eye teeth”) will take a turn swapping out (usually between the ages of 9-10 years old).
All of the adult premolars (bicuspids) will come in anywhere from 10-12 years of age. The upper canines should also come in at about this time.
Lastly, the second molars will erupt when your child is around 12-13 years old.
Again, these ages can vary from child to child and between genders. However, having an age-range to base it on can alert you to any problems that your child is experiencing in terms of tooth development.
No matter when the teeth arrive, your child’s smile needs maintenance through regular dental appointments. At checkups, the dentist will make sure all teeth are healthy, clean and developing normally. X-rays reveal if there are any problems with the adult teeth poised to replace baby teeth and are an essential part of the examination process.
Contact your child’s dentist to schedule an exam to learn exactly where your son or daughter is at in tooth development.
Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
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