(Closed) teething – order of teeth

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My daughter’s teeth came in totally weird lol. She got her 3 center bottom teeth first, then one top tooth. Her top teeth came in much slower than the bottom!

Post # 4
5778 posts
Bee Keeper


This is a pretty standard chart, but eruption varies in most children. Any mouth habits they have can increase the chances of some coming in ‘out of order’. In essence, when they gnaw or chew on things, especially in a particular area of the mouth, those teeth will tend to come in sooner. The gum tissue softens as the hard tooth structure pushes on it, and the tooth comes in.

My oldest got her upper canine as her first on the day of her first birthday, and her whole tooth pattern never followed the norm. She was dentally delayed by 3 years.


Post # 6
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Heredity has a lot to do with how the jaw grows and how the teeth erupt, but mouth habits will definitely contribute to how they look when all are finally in. The baby teeth set the ‘pattern’ for the permanent teeth, so finger and thumb sucking can throw everything out of alignment. If a child has none of those habits, the best predictor of how the permanent teeth will look is to look at the parent’s teeth/jaws/facial structure. If you or your husband have anything that’s out of alignment or crooked, chances are your kids will have the same. Not always, but it’s a pretty good indicator.

My daughter sucked on her index finger in an awkward position, and her teeth on that side of her mouth were misaligned due to the pressure. She also developed a posterior crossbite and had the signs of her lower jaw growing too quickly and going forward. It wasn’t really noticable until she was three, but with early orthodontic evaluation and treatment, she avoided needing orthognathic surgery (but had appliances and braces until she was 17).

By The Way…I have over 40 years experience in dentistry and am a licensed dental hygienist.


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