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Question:
I have a 15 month old who has not gotten her first tooth yet. Is this normal? Should I be concerned? You can see the imprint of the teeth below the gum and she has on several occasions appeared to be teething but none have broken thru yet.>

Answer:
First, children usually have their first primary teeth erupt between the ages of 6-9 months. Obviously, this is an average, so teeth can erupt earlier or later than that.

I've had patients in my office with a similar situation and all of their children have primary/baby teeth and they will eventually erupt. So, I would not be too worried about the situation.

To make sure that the teeth are present, make an appointment with a pediatric dentist and have them take a maxillary periapical radiograph (upper x-ray). This will provide a definite answer and make sure that they are present.

Second, since you can feel them, they are there. (I like to tell my parents/patients that their children will remain younger longer since their teeth took so long to erupt.)

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