My son is 13 months old and hasn't got any teeth at all yet. Should I take him to the dentist?

The front teeth usually erupt between the ages of six and ten months, and the back teeth between 12 and 16 months. All 20 baby teeth are usually present by 23-30 months. Some children may be approximately six months later than the norm. It is possible for teeth not to come through, either because there is an interference to the eruption or because the teeth themselves have not formed. If you are worried, you could take your child to the dentist where he/she can palpate for tooth buds. The dentist would probably recall your child in 3-6 months to see if any teeth had erupted. An x-ray may also be taken to see if the teeth are present. If there are missing teeth, the dentist can advise you on appropriate management.

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