26 April 1996

Line-up in the lower jaw

LOWER jaw teeth comprise eight teeth; six are incisors and two canine teeth. The canine teeth lie either side of the six incisors. These are numbered from the centre outwards – incisor 1, 2, 3 on either side, reports Signets Beef and Sheep Notes.

Calves are born with temporary teeth which are shed as permanent teeth grow in.

The temporary teeth also wear much more quickly than permanent teeth.

Order of eruption of the permanents is from the centre outwards. It takes about five months from the time eruption begins until the tooth has grown in completely.

Eruption of permanent teeth

TeethAge in months

Central incisors18-24

Second incisors24-30

Third incisors27-36

Canine teeth42-48