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When do molars come in?

When do molars come in?

Baby may be a teething pro by now, but his mouth is also about to face a challenge that’s bigger, wider, and toothier than anything he has faced before – his molars. The first set of molars, canine teeth, and second set of molars generally come in some time between a child’s first birthday, and the time that they’re 2 and a half, though just like with earlier teething, every child follows his or her own timeline.

Timing

  • First molars: Between 12 and 18 months
  • Canines: 16 to 23 months
  • Second molars: 23 to 33 months 
First molars and canines are more likely to grow in on top first and then on the bottom, while second molars often grow in on the bottom first.

Teething pain

Whether Baby has had serious teething pain in the past or a largely comfortable teething experience, there is a good chance that molars coming in will be more painful than earlier teeth, since molars are broader and more blunt. Soothing teething pain may also be more difficult since Baby has more teeth now than he did when you first started looking into teething remedies. Molars also grow in further back, so be careful of your fingers – those brand new teeth can hurt! On the other hand, Baby may be better equipped to tell you what hurts than he was when he was younger.


Sources
  • “Teeth Erruption Timetable.” Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, 1995-2015. Web.
  • “Dental Development.” Canadian Dental Association. Canadian Dental Association, 2016. Web.
  • “Teeth development in children.” BetterHealth. Victoria State Government, March 2014. Web.

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