When will the baby teeth appear
By Alex Brooks |

Teeth, and in particular babies teeth, are an endless source of discussion and debate. "Has yours cut a tooth yet?" "Oh, look how red her cheeks are - I'm sure she's teething" And that famous excuse for a sleepless night with baby is "She must be getting more teeth".

Teeth generally appear from the age of around 6 months, but there are wild variations with some babies born with teeth and others not cutting a tooth until after their first birthday.

Tooth emergence chart




Central incisor, upper

8-12 months

6-7 years

Lateral incisor, upper

9-13 months

7-8 years

Canine or cuspid, upper

16-22 months

10-12 years

First molar, upper

13-19 months

9-11 years

Second molar

25-33 months


10-12 years

Lower central incisor

6-10 month

6-7 years

Lower lateral incisor

10-16 months

7-8 years

Lower canine or cuspid

17-23 months

9-12 years

Lower first molar

14-18 months

9-11 years

Lower second molar

23-31 months

10-12 years

When to expect teeth to appear 

Just as a watched pot of water seems never to boil, watching for teeth seems only to ensure they won't appear. The minute you forget about teething, your baby will suddenly have a shiny white pearl on a gum and - voila - teething has occurred. 

Tooth buds are in place at birth and babies typically have 20 primary (baby) teeth, which usually begin to emerge any time between 3 months of age until 12 months (though most likely 6 months) to accomodate the need to eat solid foods. The two bottom teeth are the first to arrive - although this doesn't happen in all cases. Next, the top two front teeth, followed by the two teeth on either side.

After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs - one each side of the upper or lower jaw - until all 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) have come in by the time she is two and a half or three years old.

Types of teeth


On the dental chart, incisors are located in the front of the mouth and have sharp, thin edges for cutting. Their use is to incise or cut food and their appearance tends to be shovel-shaped.


Cuspids, also referred to as canines, are at the angles of the mouth on the tooth chart. Each has a single cusp and is designed for cutting and tearing.


Bicuspids, also referred to as premolars, are similar to the cuspids. They have two cusps used for cutting and tearing, and a wider surface to bite and crush food.


Molars are located in the back of the mouth. Their size gradually gets smaller from the first to third molar. Each molar has four or five cusps, is shorter and more rounded in shape than other teeth and has a broad surface for grinding and chewing solid food.

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