Usually, the first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. They begin to appear when your child is about 6 months old. They are followed by the 4 upper front teeth. The remainder of the 20 baby teeth will appear periodically, usually in pairs on each side of the jaw, until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.

The chart below shows approximately when each baby tooth may erupt. Do not worry if some teeth are a few months early or late. Every child is different.

Baby's First Teeth

Even though baby teeth will eventually be lost, they are just as important as the adult (permanent) teeth. They hold the space for incoming permanent teeth, and are also important for biting and chewing food, speech, and of course, smiling.

Cleaning your baby’s teeth – Good dental care for your baby is an important step towards a lifetime of healthy teeth. Clean your child’s mouth everyday. You can start soon after birth by gently wiping all around your baby’s mouth with a clean, wet face cloth or soft baby toothbrush. This will get your child used to regular cleaning and can help ease teething discomfort. Once teeth appear, put a smear of fluoride toothpaste on a wet face cloth or baby toothbrush and gently clean your baby’s teeth. It is important to get into the habit of doing this for your baby twice a day.