Question: My child is one year old and still has no signs of teeth. Should I be worried about this?
The most accurate answer to this question is no, you should not be immediately concerned. The sequence of the teeth coming in is much more important than the timing of the teeth coming in. Some parents become concerned about teeth not coming in and have their child’s mouth radiographed in order to show that teeth will be coming in, but these tests are often only partially diagnostic.
Most babies teeth start to come in around 4 to 7 months. However, it’s not uncommon for babies to either be early to the game (~3 months) or late bloomers (~12-14 months). By the age of 3, a child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth. These teeth shouldn’t fall out until his or her permanent teeth start coming in, which happens at around age 6.
If a child shows no sign of teeth by 15 months, this is the time to do some investigating and consult your pediatric dentist or primary physician. Some systemic and congenital factors can contribute to delayed tooth eruption in child, such as Down Syndrome.
If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry or baby teeth eruption sequence, contact the professionals at DentaLux today!