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Guide To Your Child’s Teething Timeline

by | November 5, 2018

Every child grows and develops differently, doing things at their own pace. Here’s your guide to your child’s teething timeline.

Typically, the first teeth come in around six months of age, but babies can start teething anywhere from four to thirteen months. The front incisors usually come in first. Usually, the bottom front teeth will make an appearance first, but sometimes it’s the top two. Your baby’s eight molars usually come in between their first and third birthdays, so they will be teething for a long time!

This is a general guideline. It’s absolutely normal for a baby to get their first tooth as early as three months, or as late as their first birthday. Some babies are even born with a tooth. It takes between two years and three years for a full set of pearly whites to appear.

Teething Symptoms

teething timeline
  • Fussiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling more than usual

Baby Teething Timeline

Five months

Teething begins. Your baby’s gums may be swollen and red where their new teeth are cutting through. It can be very painful for them, and they’ll probably drool a lot. Be ready to do a lot of comforting, babies can be inconsolable during this time. Gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad can be soothing. A clean teether for your child to chew on may also help

It is recommended to start the habit of teeth cleaning as soon as the first tooth erupts.

Six months

Your baby’s first teeth erupt, usually on the bottom in the middle (lower central incisors). These two teeth generally arrive around the same time.
Tooth development is hereditary, so if you got your teeth early, it’s likely that your baby will be on the same teething timeline. My whole family on my father’s side got their canines first including myself and my three children. It made for some hysterical photos.

Seven months

Upper middle teeth (the upper central incisors) erupt.

Quick tip.

Teething troubles? Once your baby is more than six months, try feeding them cold apple puree or vegan yogurt, straight from the fridge, to give them some relief.

Nine to Sixteen months

Upper teeth right next to the middle teeth (upper lateral incisors) make their appearance. Bottom teeth right next to the middle teeth (lower lateral incisors) usually follow.

Fun Fact: Teeth usually erupt in pairs.

Toddler Teething Timeline

Fourteen months

The first molars come in on the top and the bottom.

Fun fact: Baby teeth, are brighter white and smaller than permanent teeth.

Eighteen months

The sharp, pointed teeth called the canine or cuspid teeth, erupt on the top and bottom.

1 year

The very back teeth, or second molars, grow through the bottom gum. The second molars on the top come in soon after those on the bottom.

Two to three years

Your child should have a full set of 20 primary teeth, also known as baby teeth.

Preschooler Teething Timeline

Four years

Your child’s jaw and facial bones grow, creating space between the primary teeth for the adult teeth to come in. The first teeth usually start to fall out around the age of six or seven, and the permanent teeth will grow in to replace them.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.


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