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Baby Teeth: When They Come In, When They Fall Out

Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and smile. Your child’s teeth also help give his or her face its shape and keep space in the jaw for adult teeth.

A baby’s teeth start to come in when the baby is about six months old. Baby teeth will later be lost one by one. This makes space for adult (permanent) teeth. By the time children are teenagers, they usually have all of their adult teeth. The last four teeth that come in are the wisdom teeth.

The charts below tell the names of the baby and adult teeth. The pictures show when each tooth usually comes in and is lost. But not all children get the same teeth at the same times. Your child’s teeth may erupt earlier or later than the ages in these charts.

Your Childs First Dental Visit

What is the focus of your child’s beautiful SMILE? Strong, healthy teeth!Baby teeth-also called primary teeth-are important in the growth and development of a child. Baby teeth can help your child chew foods and speak. They also hold space in the jaws for adult teeth that are growing under the gums.

Babies are born without teeth. Usually baby teeth start to appear in the mouth when the child is 6 months old. By the third birthday, most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth including incisors, canines and molars.

The chart below tells the names of baby teeth, when they come in (erupt) and when they fall out (are shed). Baby teeth be will replaced by permanent (adult) teeth. However, not all children get the same teeth at the same times. Your child’s teeth may erupt earlier or later than the times shown here.