An essential part of your baby’s development is when her teeth come in.
Did you know that babies are born with all their undeveloped teeth in their jaws? They’re known as tooth buds, and they’re the foundations of what will become a baby’s teeth. When they are ready, they push through the gums. baby’s teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help him or her to chew, speak and smile. When your baby is between four to six months, the first tooth may begin to appear. Every child is different, but usually, we can locate the first teeth in the top and bottom front of their mouth. Signs that your baby is teething can include fussiness, drooling, lack of sleep or loss of appetite. Diarrhea, a rash or fever are not normal for a teething baby. If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your pediatrician.
Sore gums are common in a baby that is teething. Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger, a cool teething ring, or a moist gauze pad. Avoid over-the-counter benzocaine products for children younger than two. Most children have their full set of 20 baby teeth in place by age 3. Adult teeth start to appear around age 6. Time flies so fast that she’ll soon be placing her tooth under her pillow for the tooth fairy.
Teeth Development in Children (Baby's Teeth)
Did you know that when most babies are born, they don’t have any teeth showing?
Our primary, or baby’s teeth, grow even before we’re born. But our first primary tooth usually doesn’t poke through our gums until we’re around 6 or 7 months old. By the time most of us are three years old, all of our primary teeth have come into our mouths where we can see them, or at least we can see parts of them. There are also parts of our primary teeth that we can’t see. Imagine you had x-ray vision. Here’s what those primary teeth would look like. Notice they have pointy roots.
Our primary teeth are very important, and we need to take good care of them.
But did you know they aren’t the only teeth we have? We also have these, our permanent teeth growing under the gums. Only their tops, or crowns, are formed. Their roots will develop later.
Our baby’s teeth are space holders for permanent teeth. Our permanent teeth will slowly come into our mouths and replace our primary teeth as we grow. When we are about six years old, we get our first permanent molars in the back of our mouths. Notice that a primary tooth isn’t lost before these molars come into our mouth.
The permanent front teeth start to come in at about the same time. You’ve probably seen a friend with a loose tooth or a tooth missing. Primary teeth get loose and fall out because the roots dissolve. When primary teeth fall out, their roots are short and stubby.
By the time most people are 14 years old, the second molars and the other permanent teeth have poked through and shown in the mouth. All the primary keep have been replaced. The last molars, our wisdom teeth, come in if there is room for them.
When Your Babie's Teeth Starting: Signs Your Baby Is Teething
Most babies get their first tooth at about six months, though there’s, wait for it, a wide range of normal teething times, with some babies celebrating their first birthdays with a still-gummy grin.
There’s no way to predict exactly when the teething fairy will fly in for a first visit, but there are several signs that may signal she’s on her way.
Does drool rule at your house?
Teething stimulates drooling, with the faucet flowing early and often, sometimes even a month or two before we cut that first tooth. Some babies drool just a little, while others drool buckets, sometimes resulting in coughing and gagging. The constant drip of drool on those sweet cheeks, chin, mouth, and neck, can lead to chapping, chafing, roughness, redness, and rashes. Keeping the area as dry as possible and applying a moisture barrier cream can help protect the baby’s skin.
Another teething sign is crankiness. Those new pearly whites poking through tender gums may be teeny tiny, but the pain and inflammation they cause can be bears.
Teething irritability and crying can last a few hours or continue on and off for days or weeks.
Teething babies may also be fussy feeders and frustrated ones since the suction of suckling makes gums feel even sorer since the teething fairy tends to work the night shift. With inflammation and pain more bothersome after hours, teething may disrupt sleep.
Settle your little one with soothing, but try to avoid returning to nighttime feedings if he has already kicked them or to other sleep associations he has moved on from, like rocks. These habits can continue long after teething pain has left the building. Counter pressure provides sweet relief for teething pain, which is why your little teether may be chomping down hard on anything she can get those gums on, from her fists and fingers to teething rings to your fingers, and hands, arms, shoulder.
Nip full-on biting, but offer a soothing massage with your clean finger or knuckle.
Beyond biting, your little teether may also rub his cheek or pull on his ear. That’s because gums, ears, and cheeks share nerve pathways, so an ache in the gums can travel elsewhere.
Of course, since ear infections can also trigger ear yanking and cheek rubbing, check with the pediatrician to rule out a cause beyond teething.
Other signs you should check in with the doctor about, which may or may not be linked to teething, include looser poops because of all that swallowed drool and a slightly elevated temperature due to inflammation.
What Can You Do to Help Ease the Ache that Comes with Teething?
Give baby plenty to chew on. Offer a variety of teethers to figure out which type baby likes best, soft and pliable, harder, nubby, a combo, classic rings or rattles, teethers shaped like fingers on a hand, a giraffe or a cow, or fashioned like a mitt or toothbrush.
Safe teethers come in many different materials, including silicone, natural rubber, cloth, and wood.
Chilling your baby’s gums numbs them while easing inflammation and swelling. So stash teethers in the fridge or let her suck on a washcloth soaked in water or chamomile tea and chilled. Or use a feeder filled with soft-frozen breast milk or formula, or once the baby has started solids, banana or applesauce. Too cold is not cool. Frozen teethers or ice can injure sensitive gums.
Ask the pediatrician about occasionally breaking out the baby acetaminophen for teething pain that just won’t quit.
Don’t use topical gels and tablets touted for teething without the doctor’s approval. And pass on amber necklaces and bracelets, which are considered unsafe.
When do Babies Start Teething?
Did you know babies are born with all 20 primary teeth?
They are embedded in the gums, and as your baby age, the teeth gradually work their way to the surface.
Age range 6 – 8 months old: the first teeth are usually the two bottom front teeth. Theythe top two front teeth followed them.
Age range 9 – 12 months old: The teeth on either side of those front ones. They were followed by the same thing but on the bottom.
Age range 13 – 15 months old: the next sets are the top and bottom molars.
Age range 16 – 18 months old: The canines in similar order are following close behind.
Age range 2 – 3 years old: Finally, we get the secondary molars.
Being a parent is a lot like being a detective. You have to look for the clues. You’ll notice your babies starting to chew on anything they can get a hold of. Chewing is good; it relieves some of the painful pressure. You’re also going to see a lot more drooling that can cause chapped skin on your baby’s face; petroleum jelly can help. Finally, you’re going to see that your baby is cranky, specifically throwing toys and screaming there’s no pleasing them type of crankiness. Teasing is a good thing; it’s just another milestone for your baby’s growth. Your child’s pediatrician can offer you additional tips and advice.