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Teething in Babies

Teething is a painful process for parents and their babies. find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby’s teeth are likely to appear in.

When do babies start teething?

Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months. But most babies start teething at around 6 months.

Read also: Late teething: Is It a Problem?

Your Baby’s Teething Timeline

Your child will grow a full set of 20 teeth between ages 1 and 3—but the process of developing them starts much earlier. Are you wondering how long teething lasts? Check out this baby teething timeline from the womb to toddlerhood:

Tooth Roots:

 Around the second trimester of pregnancy, tooth buds begin to form under the gums in your baby’s mouth. Eventually, the roots begin to grow, forcing the crown up. “The tooth puts pressure on the tissues above it, and they slowly begin to break down,” says Michael Hanna, DDS, a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. “The tissue gets thinner and thinner until it breaks and the tooth pops through.”

bottom incisors (bottom front teeth) – these are usually the first to come through, usually at around 5 to 7 months

top incisors (top front teeth) – these tend to come through at about 6 to 8 months.

top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth) – these come through at around 9 to 11 months

bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth) – these come through at around 10 to 12 months

first molars (back teeth) – these come through at around 12 to 16 months

canines (towards the back of the mouth) – these come through at around 16 to 20 months

second molars – these come through at around 20 to 30 months

Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are 2 1/2 years old.

Teething Symptoms in Babies and Toddlers

Baby teeth sometimes emerge with no pain or discomfort at all, However, most children experience the following signs and symptoms of teething:

1.Swollen gums: If your child’s gums are swollen and you can feel at least one tooth-sized lump, that means teething is in progress.

2.Chewing, biting, and sucking: Because your child’s gums are irritated, you might see them gnawing on just about anything.

Rubbing their gums, ears, and cheeks. Your baby might rub their gums to relieve pressure. They might also pull their ears and fidget with their cheeks—especially when their molars appear.

3.Drooling:  your infant’s saliva production will increase because of the increase of muscle movement in the mouth during this teething period simulates chewing, which activates the salivary glands.

4.Mouth rash: The continual wetness from excess drooling can cause a rash around the mouth, chin, or neck.

5.Irritability and nighttime fussiness

6.Decreased appetite

7.Low-grade fever

8.Loose stools: Babies may have loose stools from swallowing extra saliva or from changes in diet.

When to Visit the Pediatrician

Until fairly recently, experts widely thought that teething was responsible for practically every cough, sneeze, and cry in a baby’s first years. But experts at Solar Dental & Orthodontics now say that if your baby has worrisome symptoms, it’s best to have their pediatrician examine them to rule out something more serious. 

Contact your pediatrician if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • High fever, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • The gums are red or blue instead of pink (this usually indicates an eruption cyst, a swelling of the gums above an erupting tooth; although most cysts are benign, it’s best to have them checked)
  • The gums have lesions or bumps
  • Refusal to eat and drink for more than a couple of hours
  • Rashes on the body
  • Your kid appears ill 

Call us at (469) 212-0203 if you encounter any emergency

Steps to help your baby in the teething stage:

Soothe her gums.

When a tooth begins to breakthrough, it puts pressure on the gums. To provide relief, wet a washcloth, wring out the water, and put it in the fridge or freezer to chill. Rubber teethers also work, but some that are liquid-filled can get too hard and bruise your baby’s already sensitive mouth (they usually say “do not freeze” on the package). Your baby may also like you to massage her gums with a finger or a moist gauze pad. 

Establish healthy habits.

Some babies don’t get their first teeth until after they turn 1. This usually isn’t an issue, but make an appointment with a pediatric dentist to be sure. In fact, all babies should visit the dentist by the time they are 12 months old. You’ll discuss issues like teething and fluoride toothpaste, go over how pacifiers, thumb-sucking, and bottles can affect his teeth, and learn proper cleaning methods—all important for maintaining a healthy mouth.

We love our patients and love to help them form a healthy dental life that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us today to answer all of your questions so get an appointment today.