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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Toddler tooth eruption

07/31/2006

Question:

My son will be 5 in September. It looks like he has a bottom back tooth coming in. Is that normal? Is it too soon for those teeth to be coming in? Would be the 6th tooth on the bottom.

Answer:

There is a broad range of what is considered "normal"  timing of eruption of teeth in children.  It sounds like your son's first permanent molar ("six-year" molar) is coming in a little early.  If a dental sealant is indicated for this tooth, your dentist will be able to apply it a little earlier than expected.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University