Teeth on Top First??

Updated on May 04, 2008
Y.W. asks from Columbus, OH
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As my 4 month old son was yawning this morning, it looked like a front tooth was trying to poke through his gums. The problem is that it is coming in on top and I always thought babies got teeth on the bottom first. Is this something to worry about, or is it that all babies are different, and it's not so crazy to get top teeth first?

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J.J.

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Y., My oldest daughter got her canine teeth first. All kids are different. Don't worry. J.( mom of 3)

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T.P.

answers from Canton on

Every baby I've ever known got their first tooth on the bottom, as did my first son. However...my second son got his first tooth on the top! Actually, his first TWO teeth were on top, so he looked like a rabbit lol. I actually loved, he was so cute and different from other babies we were around.

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R.B.

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Everything will be just fine.

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J.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi Y.,

I wouldn't worry. DD didn't get her first tooth until she was 13 months old and when she did...she got one of her top teeth first, then two bottom ones, and then the other top one. We laugh now when we look at photos of her with that one front tooth. She is on schedule with her teeth now and everything is fine.

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J.M.

answers from Terre Haute on

Every baby is different. Our youngest son had 2 teeth at
the young age of 3 months. I have heard rarely but some
are born with teeth. Some don't get teeth until after 1
year old. They are all different. Just take time and enjoy
your child. They grow up fast.

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K.T.

answers from Cleveland on

I think that bottoms usually come in first, but all babies are so different! I have a friend whose baby had one tooth come in on top first. Your baby is going to be just fine!

And don't worry...all of us mommies worry about everything with our babies...that is what these groups are for!

Congratulations on your baby!!

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T.P.

answers from Canton on

Every baby I've ever known got their first tooth on the bottom, as did my first son. However...my second son got his first tooth on the top! Actually, his first TWO teeth were on top, so he looked like a rabbit lol. I actually loved, he was so cute and different from other babies we were around.

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L.S.

answers from Dayton on

Nothing to worry about! All kids are different and get their teeth in different places at different rates. Take lots of pics of those cute little first teeth!

Lucy

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M.B.

answers from Lima on

Babies get teeth in all sorts of order. Sometimes they skip a front tooth & get the one next to it first. It looks like someone knocked it out until the other one comes in.

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H.S.

answers from Cleveland on

My son's two top teeth came in first. He's perfectly fine!

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J.J.

answers from Evansville on

Y., My oldest daughter got her canine teeth first. All kids are different. Don't worry. J.( mom of 3)

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D.H.

answers from Muncie on

Hi Yolanda, first of all...we are all winging it! ;) You will find that you learn as you go and each child is sooo incredibly different that it is just a new learning experience with each situation, and with each child. Trust me, I have 8 children and 2 grandchildren and not any 2 of them are alike, but it is so wonderful seeing the differences. That being said none of my children started cutting their teeth until they were almost or at 1 year of age. Each one was different, but the funniest thing I remember is my oldest, who is now 24, started cutting teeth in the back. She would go back and forth from side to side and front to back cutting teeth, and it took her having 8 teeth in her mouth before any 2 touched, front or back! Looking back now at pictures, she looked hilarious! :) My grandson got his "fang" teeth first and I love looking at those pictures, too. He is 3 now and has a mouth full of beautiful teeth! But you need to remember not to sweat the small things and don't worry about every little thing. Your natural instinct as a mother will let you know if something is really wrong. It hasn't failed me yet! Good Luck and God Bless!

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E.V.

answers from Cleveland on

My husband's a dental student. Baby teeth can come in in a variety of orders. Don't worry about him getting his teeth in on top first. Our second son got his in in a real crazy order, but they all came in eventually :)

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M.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

both my boys got top teeth first.

S.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

All those guidelines are just that, guidelines. Nothing is the same for all babies, certainly not teeth. My son got his first tooth, on top, on the side at 9 months, that's hardly what you'd read in a book.
Stop worrying so much about what is supposed to happen and just go with the flow!

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P.R.

answers from Indianapolis on

All children are different. My daughter cut top and bottom at the same time. My son cut a top tooth then two bottom and the other top. I don't think it is anything to be concerned about.
P. R

K.P.

answers from Cleveland on

all babies are different and will get teeth wherever they come in first my son is getting his molars and i was told babies get their front bottom teeth first but i highly doubt it is anything to worry about

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J.W.

answers from Muncie on

Hi Yolanda,

I'm a married/working/mommy to a 2yr old. I can say w/certainty that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. There is no issue w/top or bottom first.

My little boy started to get his tooth "buds" at about 4 months as well but the first tooth didn't actually break through for a few more months.

Lots of slobbers and drool later the first one popped through and then in a matter of days another one appeared that we didn't even see a white spot for.
He even started getting his back teeth before a couple of the sides (which seemed really weird to me)...

It's all good though... unless you find one in the roof of his mouth there shouldn't be a thing to worry about.

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D.I.

answers from South Bend on

No need to worry. Some babies get their top teeth in first. It is one of those cases of all babies are different. It wont make any difference dental wise either if that may be a concern for you. He is fine.
D.

I am 31 and have been married for almost 12 yrs. My husband and I have 3 boys ages 10,7 and 4.

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M.A.

answers from Muncie on

All of us are winging it the first time, don't feel bad. No. I don't think it means a thing. My son got his on top first. I'm married with three kids 14,9,3.

J.F.

answers from Cleveland on

I thought the same thing when my son's first teeth popped in 3 months ago on the top. From what everyone tells me that it's fine and all babies are different.

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S.U.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi Y.,

It is perfectly normal for your son to get his top teeth in. My daughter, who is now 9, did get her bottom front 2 in first, then she got her top eye teeth, two more bottom teeth, a bottom molar, and then her 2 front teeth. The pediatrician told me that it was fine with the way she cut her teeth. Plus, she didn't even get her first tooth until her first birthday. She now has all her teeth and getting ready to get braces, so don't worry, your son is just fine.

S. (working mother of 4 - boy 14, girl 9, boy 5 and boy 7 months)

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J.R.

answers from Cleveland on

You're right - typically, the bottom teeth come in first. However, all babies are different, so I really don't think this is anything to worry about.

Now if he still doesn't have any bottom teeth a year from now... :)

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