Baby Teeth

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The facts: 

As a rule, teeth in the lower jaw arrive ahead of teeth in the upper jaw. Girls often get those first teeth – and also lose their baby teeth – earlier than boys.

The first tooth will start to appear in most babies at 6 to 7 months of age, but some perfectly healthy children won’t get their first tooth until they are several months older.

Memo: Late teething is usually a family characteristic and is rarely indicative of disease.

The front teeth erupt first followed by the first baby molars. The eye teeth then fill the gap. The last tooth to appear is the second baby molar. All of the baby teeth are usually in place by age 21/2.

Important: Early and continuing care of baby teeth is important since some of them will be functional for 10 years or more.

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