Seeing your baby’s first tooth is a thrilling moment, but it’s a milestone that’s accompanied by fussiness, crying and sleepless nights. Read on to learn more about teething and how you can help your baby get through it.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you take your baby for their first dental checkup either within six months of their first tooth appearing, or by their first birthday – whichever comes sooner. If your baby is showing no signs of teething by age one, your dentist or doctor can check that there are no issues to be concerned about.
Of course, baby teething is an ongoing process. The front top and bottom teeth are usually the first to appear, while the second molars are often the last, breaking through at around two to three years old.
While the primary teeth are breaking through, a teething baby can suffer some pain and discomfort. Let’s look at the signs of teething and what can be done to help ease your baby’s sore gums.
Although the teething age can vary, there are some teething signs that you can watch out for. These include:
While some people report their baby suffering from a raised temperature while teething, teething and fever do not necessarily go together. In fact, research by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that, while a slight rise in body temperature is normal for a teething baby, a true fever (of over 38℃ or 100.4℉) is not.
If your baby has a fever, or other symptoms such as diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy or vomiting, seek medical advice from your doctor as soon as possible.
The following list shows the most typical order of tooth eruption in babies and children, although you shouldn’t be concerned if your baby’s teeth come through in a different order. If a tooth seems to be showing no signs of coming through as expected, however, your baby’s dentist can advise.
|Baby teeth eruption chart|
|Central incisor||8 to 12 months||6 to 7 years|
|Lateral incisor||9 to 13 months||7 to 8 years|
|Canine (cuspid)||16 to 22 months||10 to 12 years|
|First molar||13 to 19 months||9 to 11 years|
|Second molar||25 to 33 months||10 to 12 years|
|Second molar||23 to 31 months||10 to 12 years|
|First molar||14 to 18 months||9 to 11 years|
|Canine (cuspid)||17 to 23 months||9 to 12 years|
|Lateral incisor||10 to 16 months||7 to 8 years|
|Central incisor||6 to 10 months||6 to 7 years|
While you might be eagerly awaiting those first teeth, it’s never nice to see your baby in discomfort. It’s possible to ease the symptoms of teething by trying the following teething remedies:
Once baby has his very first tooth, you’ll need to keep it clean! The UK National Health Service recommends using a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush. Get your baby used to the routine of tooth brushing to care for their smile and help develop good habits for when they’re older.
Teething can be a difficult time for baby and parent, but teething pain should only be temporary. If your baby seems to be suffering for a prolonged period, or is very distressed, speak to your doctor.
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