My baby is teething. Her teeth next to her front teeth came in before her front teeth. Is that OK? Does that mean she doesn’t have front teeth?
Amanda C.- South Dakota
I would not panic just yet. Though the central incisors generally come in before the lateral incisors, every child is unique. It is not unheard of for their baby teeth to come in out of the “traditional” order.
If they don’t come in within a few months, you can take her in to see your dentist. You may want to look for a pediatric dentist. They’re great at making children comfortable. They’ll want to do an x-ray to make sure she does indeed have those teeth. If she doesn’t, there are some ways to protect her smile, with temporary tooth prosthetics.
Here are some general guidelines for the age her teeth may erupt. Again, don’t panic if your daughter doesn’t follow the guidelines exactly.
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