Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, many parents ask us when their son’s teeth should grow in. Although every child is different, the baby teeth begin to erupt between the ages of six to 12 months. In most cases, a child’s baby teeth have made their debut by the time they turn 33 months. Girls usually get their baby teeth before boys.

Typically, the first baby tooth to erupt is the middle, front tooth on the lower jaw called the central incisor. The central incisor is followed by the second central incisor on the lower jaw. The first permanent tooth to come in when a child is around 7 years old is the central incisor.

If your son is older than 7, you may be concerned and wondering why his middle teeth hasn’t grown in yet. Fortunately, this is likely not a problem and may be the result of a few different factors. First and foremost, there may not be enough space for their permanent tooth to come in.

It may also have to do with genetics so if you remember that it took you a longer time to get your permanent teeth, delayed eruption may run in the family. Also, if your child does not eat many calcium-rich foods like milk and cheese, they may experience a delay. Take your child to the dentist to determine the cause of the delayed eruption and make sure there are no dental treatments that need to be performed to expedite the growth of their teeth. Durham, NC dentists at Lane and Associates always express that oral care during the early years is very important.

Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you have more questions about when your son’s middle teeth are supposed to grow in or are wondering why they haven’t erupted yet, we encourage you to call us at 703-348-2813 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child!