A toothless baby grin is one of the cutest things in the world. But seeing your baby’s first tooth is just as adorable as admiring her gummy smile.
One problem, though - her baby teeth seem to be out of order.
What’s going on??!!
Before you start to worry about baby teeth out of order and proceed to think about orthodontics, relax.
It’s not the end of the world for your little one.
And it might not even be as bad as you think it is, once you’ve realized what this issue is all about, the causes, and what you can do about it.
What’s normal? Know this before you worry about baby teeth out of order
Let’s talk a little bit about teething,
It’s not at all a super exciting topic nor is it a fun experience for your baby and you.
Basically, teething begins when your baby’s about 6 months old. Other babies may start teething earlier or later. So if your 7 month-old baby is not teething yet, don’t you worry. Mother Nature knows her schedule, and you just need to wait it out.
Now, the very first tooth that comes out is the bottom front tooth. It’s pretty much common among most babies. When I say “most”, you can definitely count on the fact that other babies may not experience this.
But here’s what definite…
When your little bub was still in your tummy, all her primary teeth have already started developing. Yes, she comes out with nothing but gums in her mouth, but there are 20 teeth hiding underneath those pink gums.
It just takes several months before they pop out one by one.
Baby Teeth Order of Appearance
One big question a lot of parents ask me is whether there’s a specific order in which your baby’s teeth appear.
The answer is it depends. There is a certain order through which these pearly whites erupt. But once again, I would like to reiterate that it may not be the same to all babies.
What happens with most, however, is that the bottom front teeth start to peek through the gums when she’s 6 to 10 months of age. This is also the time when challenging teething experiences arise.
Your baby may be more irritable, cry more often than she used to, and some pains may occur in her gums.
It’s quite a tough one both for the mom and the child.
I’ll give you a few pieces of advice on how to deal with teething in a moment, though.
So right after the bottom front teeth, her upper front teeth will start to poke through. This is during her 8th to 12th month of age. These teeth are her top incisors, her powerful tool for biting her food and chewing them into smaller pieces.
About a month or maybe two months after the upper front teeth emerge, it’s the top lateral incisors’ turn now. So now, your little one’s got a couple of teeth in the bottom and more chompers at the top. She’s starting to look like she would begin munching some crackers soon!
At 13 to 14 months old, she’ll most probably have 5 teeth in total. Lovely!
Next up, her second bottom incisors. It usually can be observed when she turns 12 to 16 months. This is shortly after her first birthday.
For your baby, this is quite a fun experience. Teething still arises, and every symptom associated with it but it will not be as bad as it was when the first tooth came out.
But with more teeth sprouting, you may start going through some challenges with breastfeeding.
Naturally, there’ll be some tooth action going on there since your baby no longer has a mouth just full of gums. There are biters and chewers and munchers now!
Don’t be surprised if she begins biting things… Including your nipples. Maybe you feel she could still use the amazing benefits of breastfeeding or you simply want to make sure her new pearly whites are working perfectly.
Now with her bottom and top teeth all nearly present, something bigger will begin to come out when she’s about 14 to 19 months. Her first set of adorable molars are ready to say hello! The upper molars come first, then the lower molars are next in line.
After the molars, her upper canines will show up, usually before her second birthday. It won’t take long before the lower canines make their grand appearance!
And lastly, you’ll find her lower second molars appearing. It’s usually at her 23rd or 31st month. Before she hits three!
So there you have it - you baby now has a set of 20 beautiful teeth for extra chewing and chomping action!
Worried About Baby Teeth Out of Order? Here’s What You Can Do…
First of all, there are a few reasons why some babies have teeth coming in out of order.
For instance, her teeth take longer than most to grow. Quite the opposite, there are those that appear early, with some teeth appearing at 4 months years of age.
Then, there’s the issue with pattern growth. What this means is that the upper teeth may appear first before her bottom teeth.
If you’re starting to feel alarmed, don’t.
The most important thing is before she blows her third birthday candle, she’s likely to have 20 set of pearly whites in total.
Now that’s promising!
You only need to know that once a baby’s tooth erupts, he is nearing towards a big eater. She’s going to enjoy chewing food instead of swallowing them right away because she’s got a little herlp from her teeth!
But yes, baby teeth may be out of order because of a number of possibilities including the delay in the eruption of the teeth.
There may also be a delay or an overlap of teeth along the path of a new eruption.
Having not much space along your jaw can also cause the order our of timing in a baby’s tooth.
Helpful Tips on Teething
Teething isn’t a fun thing to go through.
But this is a very inevitable process and you can only address it calmly with the right techniques.
For instance, you can allow her to use a teething toy to ease the discomfort. It is just a matter of determining which one is the best option to get for your little one.
So there you have it - an extensive explanation on what the usual teeth eruption schedule is and what to do when the outcome isn’t what you have expected.
By using this article as your guide, you could ease your worries and trust that your child is just going through this normal teething process. It’s for her own good, so just help her by providing pain-busting toys and lots of TLC at all times.