We keep you informed throughout your child's dental development.

Do you have a growing child under the age of 12 years old? Merion Village Dental helps your understand the development of your child’s teeth during these smile-defining years!

When will my child’s teeth come in?

While every child is different, you may expect for their teeth to develop at a somewhat predictable pace. For your convenience, here’s a helpful chart to help you understand how your child’s teeth will come in.

Upper Teeth Development in Children

TeethWhen it emergesWhen it falls out
Central incisor8-12 months6-7 years
Lateral incisor9-13 months7-8 years
Canine16-22 months10-12 years
First molar13-19 months9-11 years
Second molar25-33 months10-12 years

Lower Teeth Development in Children

TeethWhen it emergesWhen it falls out
Central incisor6-10 months6-7 years
Lateral incisor10-16 months 7-8 years
Canine17-23 months 9-12 years
First molar14-18 months 9-11 years
Second molar23-31 months10-12 years

Helpful tips for the smile-defining years:

These younger years are extremely important for the healthy development of your child’s smile and oral health habits. Below are some helpful tips to ensure your child is on the right track to a radiant smile!

  • Establish a relationship with the dentist early. We recommend scheduling your child’s first appointment within six months of their first tooth erupting.
  • Limit nap time bottles to only water for your toddler. Sleeping with juice or milk can cause decay due to the sugars sitting on the teeth for an extended period of time.
  • Properly clean pacifiers. Bacteria that can form cavities can be passed from parent to child, so be sure to properly clean your child’s pacifier.
  • Provide healthy snacks. Avoid sour, sticky, or chewy treats for your child since these can cause cavities. Choose healthier snacks, such as, granola bars or pretzels.
  • Provide proper protection. If your child plays a sport, be sure to supply them with a mouthguard. This will help prevent jaw, mouth, or teeth injuries and save you money in the long run.

Set your child up with healthy oral habits and watch their smile light up for years.

Call our office today if you have questions about your child's teeth or to set up an appointment. We would love to see them!

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