When does the first tooth appear?

  • The age at which the first tooth appears differs greatly from child to child.
  • Very occasionally, perhaps 1 in 2000 to 3000 children are born with one or more teeth.
  • These natal teeth are usually not the normal first teeth and appear where the first incisors will be. They only have small roots and if they are loose or causing problems with feeding they may need to be removed.
  • Usually the first tooth – which tends to be in the middle of the lower jaw – appears at around six months of age.