Teething/Tooth eruption

February 20, 2018


refers to the tooth breaking through the gum line. In babies, tooth eruption is also called teething. The timing of tooth eruption differs from child to child. For example, one child may cut their first tooth when only a few months old, while another may not start teething until they are 12 months old or more.


While the timing may vary, the order of tooth eruption is:

The two front teeth (central incisors) in the lower jaw are usually the first to erupt. This occurs somewhere between the ages of six and 10 months. The two front teeth (central incisors) in the upper jaw erupt between the ages of eight and 13 months.The lateral incisors, which are the teeth on each side of the central incisors, erupt in both the upper and lower jaws between the ages of eight and 16 months. The lower set tends to erupt before the upper set.The first set of upper and lower molars (flat-surfaced back teeth) erupt between the ages of 13 and 19 months.Canine or 'eye' teeth sit beside the lateral incisors and erupt in both the upper and lower jaws between the ages of 16 and 23 months.The second set of upper and lower molars erupts between the ages of 25 and 33 months


What are the signs of teething pain?

Your little one may show lots of signs that they are teething and sometimes you can even see those tiny teeth coming through. Here are some of the other signs to look out for:- Flushed cheeks- Fever- Red gums- A lot of dribbling- Chew on whatever they can find- Crying- Refusing to eat- Fretful Generally, the average child has their full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of three years.We have Incisors, Canines, Premolars and Molars that vary in size, shape, number of their roots and their location in the jaw.  


We have two sets of teeth, 32 Permanent and 20 Primary teeth, during our life time. Around six years of age Permanent teeth start replacing the baby or primary teeth that we grow shortly after birth. By around 21 years of age all of the permanent teeth have usually erupted.


Types of teeth

The names of the different types of teeth are:

  • incisors – the front teeth located in the upper and lower jaws. Each incisor has a thin cutting edge. The upper and lower incisors come together like a pair of scissors to cut the food

  • canines – the pointy teeth on both sides of the incisors in the upper and lower jaws; used to tear food

  • premolars – which have flat surfaces to crush food

  • molars – these are larger than premolars, with broad, flat surfaces that grind food.


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