Teething

You baby will first start getting teeth when he or she is 6 to 10 months old. One by one the rest of the teeth will continue to come. By the time they are 3 years old, most children have all 20 of their baby teeth.

Teething can be a difficult time for your baby and for you. As the teeth come through the gums, it can be uncomfortable for your baby, making them fuss and cry. There are things you can do to make teething easier.

• Rub the gums with a cold, damp washcloth
• Let baby chew on a clean, cool teething ring or teething toy
• Avoid giving your baby teething biscuits or cookies (they can cause decay)

If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething, contact your health care provider or call HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1.

When will my child get teeth?

Children have their own schedule for teething. Most children begin teething at about 6 months of age. Your child should have all of their first set of teeth—or “baby” teeth—by 3 years of age. The bottom front teeth usually appear first, followed by the top front teeth. In total, 20 teeth should appear—10 in the top jaw and 10 in the bottom jaw.

Key Upper When Teeth Come In
(months)
When Teeth Fall Out
(years)
1 central incisors 7 to 12 6 to 8
2 lateral incisors 9 to 13 7 to 8
3 canines (cuspids) 16 to 22 10 to 12
4 first molars 13 to 19 9 to 11
5 second molars 25 to 33 10 to 12
Key Lower When Teeth Come In
(months)
When Teeth Fall Out
(years)
6 second molars 20 to 31 10 to 12
7 first molars 12 to 18 9 to 11
8 canines (cuspids) 16 to 23 9 to 12
9 lateral incisors 7 to 16 7 to 8
10 central incisors 6 to 10 6 to 8

Note: Tooth development can vary and this chart provides a general guide only.

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