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On Tooth Order: What Does It Mean?

jack-o-lanternA while back I posted on Fuzz’s toothless grin at 8 months. At 9 months, he finally sprouted a bottom front tooth on the right side.

Then….nothing. For another two months!

Suddenly, he got another one. But you’d think it would be the second bottom tooth, right?

Nope.

Top right tooth.  He was starting to look like a Jack-O-Lantern.

Then, a week later, boom and boom, first upper left, then lower left. (Don’t ask how many times he woke up those two nights, even with Tylenol, cuz I sure can’t count). So now he’s got little white ridges popping out for those. But still, barely four teeth on the little guy and he’ll be 11 months very soon.

I remember one of the commenters on my original post was married to a dentist and said the following, which I thought was interesting:

Considering how much of child development seems universal to a couple of months, the variation in tooth development is incredible.

So the variation in timing doesn’t bother me, but the order in which his teeth seem to be coming in seems bizarre to me. Shnook went by the books: two bottom fronts, two top fronts…well, after that it’s all a blur, and he got them right “on time” according to the books (probably the only thing he did that way).

Incidentally, check out this great list of teething remedies!!

So anyone else have a Jack-O-Lantern for a baby? Is it normal for teeth to come in all over the place? What does this mean for his college acceptance rate?

Photo Credit: Flickr/CJ Sorg

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