Babies First Teeth
You may be excited to see your baby get their first set of teeth, but it is something you may also fear. Teething can be difficult for babies and their parents. When can your baby start to teethe? How long will it take?
Teething usually begins between 6 and 10 months old, and continues until the baby is approximately 25 to 33 months. However, teething doesn’t end when young children get their permanent molars. You can expect your child to get their second set when he or she is 12 or 13.
The term tooth eruption is more commonly used to describe the stage, which we refer to as “teething” (or “cutting teeth”) Every baby is unique, but most babies have their first tooth around 6-10 months.
It’ll surprise you to learn that not all your baby’s baby’s teeth will erupt simultaneously. The normal order of emergence is for the lower central incisors, which are the two lower front teeth to come first. Your baby’s first teeth will appear in pairs or in this order:
- Bottom central incisors
- Top central incisors
- Top lateral incisors
- Bottom lateral incisors
- Top first molars
- Bottom first molars
- Top canines
- Bottom canines
- Top second molars
- Bottom second molars
If there are no underlying problems, your baby should keep getting two new teeth every 2-4 months until he or she reaches 2. Your toddler’s final baby teeth will be his or her second lower and first upper molars. The first molars of the lower second molars are expected to arrive between 23 and 31 months. The second molars of the upper second molars should appear between 25 and 33 months. Your child should have 20 teeth by the age of three. This is a complete set of primary and baby teeth. You can rest assured that the terrors of teething will diminish as your baby gets more teeth.
Teething Can Be Delayed or Early
The range of teething ages is only a guideline. It’s not a definitive rule. Some babies can start to cut their teeth at 4 months of age.
It is not a problem if your child doesn’t get their first tooth until they are older than what the guidelines suggest. Sometimes a delayed eruption can be genetic. Some babies wait until 15 months to cut their first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommends that children visit a dentist around the time their first tooth erupts, or within one year of their first birthday.
Now that you have an idea of the time frame for your teeth, what about the symptoms?
Increased drooling or sucking on objects is almost universal at 4 to 6 months and may not be a sign that a tooth is coming out. Other symptoms include irritability, babies gnawing on everything they can, and even your fingers.Although you might hear that diarrhea is a sign that your baby is teething, experts don’t believe this. If you are concerned that your baby is having difficulty with their teeth, consult your pediatrician.
The most painful for babies are usually the first few teeth. The classic horror stories of teething will diminish as more teeth are added. There’s a catch. The classic symptoms of painful teething can sometimes return after the last set of molars are in. Remember that every baby is unique and may not experience any symptoms when their teeth erupt.
There is nothing worse than watching your baby in pain and not being able to do anything about it. There are many safe ways to ease the pain of your baby and bring back calm in your home. Giving your baby something to chew on is one of the most important things you can do. They may find it helpful to bite down on hard or solid objects in order to relieve the pressure from their gums pushing up against their teeth.
Make sure they are given a large gift that doesn’t include small pieces or items that could cause choking hazards. You can purchase teething toys but you can also make your own by soaking a washcloth in water and placing it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. This will give your child something to chew on and may soothe sore gums.
Rubber teething rings are also available. However, avoid liquids or gels-filled rings as your baby could chew on them. Keep in mind that you can only put teething rings in the refrigerator, and washcloths can be stored in the freezer. Additionally, you’ll want to keep plenty of bibs on hand and soothing skin ointments handy. Extra drool can cause skin irritation and rashes.
If none of the home remedies have worked, you can always try OTC remedies. Talking with your pediatrician will help you decide if you should use acetaminophen and ibuprofen to reduce pain. You should not give this to babies younger than 6 months. Also, you need to ensure the right dosage.
Remedies to Avoid
Topical toothpaste gels used to be the best option for teething babies’ parents. However, the use of benzocaine in these products can cause side effects.The gel is also a topical treatment, so it can be washed off quickly. This could lead to parents overusing it. Belladonna may also be found in homeopathic remedies, which should be avoided.
While they are very popular, experts do not recommend teething jewelry, necklaces, and bracelets. While they may soothe baby’s gums, small pieces can pose a choking hazard and necklaces can cause strangulation. If your baby is a biter, there are concerns that teething jewelry could harbor bacteria and cause injuries to the mouth.
When Should You See A Dentist?
Experts recommend you schedule an appointment with a pediatric dental professional by your baby’s first birthday, or when your child has cut their first tooth. Although the first visit won’t be as extensive as a full-service appointment, it will allow your child to get used to going to the dentist. This will also help them get on the right track for good oral hygiene.
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