The first baby teeth that come out are typically the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about six to eight months old. Next to follow will be the four upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2-1/2 years old.
At around 2-1/2 years old, your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of five and seven, the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important because they hold space for permanent teeth, and they are important for chewing, biting, speech, and appearance. For these reasons, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene routine to keep the teeth healthy.