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Can babies start teething at 6 weeks: Symptoms, Signs, Fever & Remedies

How your baby’s tooth buds develop

Your baby’s tooth development happens in the womb, beginning when you’re 6 weeks pregnant. In fact, twenty tooth buds – which will eventually erupt into primary teeth – have already formed by the time your baby is born. You can support your baby’s tooth development during pregnancy by drinking plenty of water and eating a well-balanced diet, making sure to get vitamins A, C, and D, as well as calcium, phosphorous, and protein.

It might not be obvious from their adorable toothless grin, but your baby’s teeth actually start developing while they’re still in the womb. At just 6 weeks into pregnancy, baby tooth buds start to form. And by the time your baby is born, 20 baby teeth (or primary teeth) have already developed under the gums. You’ll see the evidence when they sprout their first tooth, which usually happens when they’re between 6 to 12 months old.

Baby tooth development in the womb

Your baby’s teeth develop in four main stages. The first stage happens when you’re about 6 weeks pregnant; the basic substance of baby’s teeth begins to form. Your baby’s gums form at 8 weeks of pregnancy. These are two U-shaped bands of tissue that follow the contour of your baby’s upper and lower jaws.

At 8 weeks, 10 tiny tooth buds develop within each band, and these transform into the 20 “baby teeth” that eventually fall out during childhood. Buried deep beneath these buds are the beginnings of 32 permanent teeth, which will appear at various ages as your baby grows into an adult.

During the second stage of tooth development at 3 to 4 months pregnant, the hard tissue that surrounds the teeth starts to form. Special cells within each tooth bud start to produce an outer shell of enamel and an inner shell of dentin. This process continues until your third trimester. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, and dentin is the second hardest. Together, they protect your baby’s teeth from breaks and injuries.

The tooth buds start to put down “roots” as each tooth extends deeper into the gums. These roots eventually connect to the jaw bone with a special ligament that anchors each tooth in place. For the rest of your pregnancy, the tooth buds continue to grow and harden.

The third stage of tooth development occurs after your baby is born, when their teeth actually protrude through the gums. Baby teeth begin to erupt between 6 months to 12 months of age, and most teeth will have come in by 33 months. Girls’ teeth often come in before boys, and the first two teeth that typically pop are the lower central incisors.

When your child loses their baby teeth, they’ve reached the fourth and final stage of tooth development. This usually starts around 6 years old.

How to support baby tooth bud development

You can encourage proper development of tooth buds in the womb by eating a well-balanced diet during pregnancy. Vitamins A, C, and D, as well as protein, calcium, and phosphorous are important for healthy tooth development. Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, almonds, and leafy greens provide calcium, while meat, poultry, fish, milk, and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus and protein. These minerals help protect and rebuild tooth enamel. Fruit and vegetables contain vitamin C, which supports healthy gums and the quick healing of wounds, and vitamin A, a key nutrient for building tooth enamel.

Be sure to drink plenty of water – 8 to 12 cups a day. And if you prefer bottled water, make sure that it’s fluoridated.

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When it comes to medication, certain antibiotics can pose risks to your baby during pregnancy. Tetracycline can affect bone development and discolor a baby’s growing teeth, and it shouldn’t be taken after the fifth week of pregnancy. Sulfonamides could pose a small risk of heart conditions, cleft lip or palate, and jaundice. Be sure to let your health care provider know that you’re pregnant so you’re not inadvertently given one of these antibiotics, or any others that are off-limits during pregnancy.

Key milestones in tooth development

Weeks pregnantMilestone
5-6 weeksPrimary teeth start to develop.
8 weeksTen tooth buds have already developed.
9-10 weeksPermanent teeth start to develop.
BirthTwenty tooth buds have developed.

Learn more:

  • Your baby’s first teeth
  • Baby teeth chart
  • Slideshow: Fetal development, week by week

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Teething Pains: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions for Your Teething Infant

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Perhaps your baby is drooling quite a bit, or they’re a little more cranky than usual. Teething pain is normal for every baby and it’s a sign those first baby teeth are on their way!

It’s difficult to predict when your baby’s first teeth will appear. And there may or may not be a host of teething symptoms to inform you. In other words, you may be taken aback, or you may finally understand what those unusual symptoms were all about.

When do infants begin teething?

When it comes to when teething begins, there is a broad range of normal. That’s because the first time those first small pearly whites make an appearance varies greatly from infant to infant.

Teething symptoms can develop as early as two or three months before a baby’s first tooth appears, with most babies getting their first tooth at about 6 months of age.

However, some newborns’ first teeth appear as early as 3 or 4 months of age, while others do not appear until around or after their first year.

What are the most prevalent teething symptoms?

Teething is different for every infant. Some have hardly any symptoms, while others experience weeks of pain and irritability.

Knowing what teething signs to watch for might help you and your baby get through this stage. The following are some of the initial indicators of teething:

  • Drooling – Teething can produce excessive drooling. Babies will usually begin to drool more at around ten weeks to four months, and it can go for however long your child’s teeth are coming in.
  • Rashes – Drooling can cause irritation, redness, chapping, and rashes around your baby’s mouth, chin, and even his chest and neck. It’s easiest to prevent discomfort if you pat it away.
  • Coughing or gagging – A steady stream of spit can cause babies to gag and cough. As long as your baby shows no additional signs of a cold, flu, or allergies, this is no cause for alarm.
  • Biting – The pressure of teeth coming through can cause quite a bit of unpleasantness for children, which can often be eased by biting or chewing.  Teething infants will bite on anything in their path, including their fingers, your hands, rattles, crib bars, and stroller guards.
  • Whining or crying – Some babies are impervious to the pain of teething. Others experience significant pain as a result of the inflammation of fragile gums, which they feel obliged to share with you through their cries and tears. Fortunately, most babies grow accustomed to the sensation of teething and are no longer troubled by it.
  • Irritability – As the tiny tooth presses against the gums and protrudes to the surface, your child’s mouth will hurt. Without surprise, he’ll probably feel out of sorts as a result of it. Some babies are irritable for a few hours, whereas others can be cranky for days or even weeks.
  • Loss of appetite – Cranky babies want to soothe their aching mouth by placing anything inside, whether it’s a bottle or their mother’s breast. However, the suction of feeding may aggravate a teething infant’s painful gums. Because of this, teething babies can be temperamental about feedings and get even more unhappy when they can’t find satisfaction with their teeth or their tummies.
  • Fingers in mouth – Babies may walk around with their fingers in their mouth for hours as they rub their gums for relief.
  • Not sleeping through the night – As your baby’s teeth begin to appear, his pain may interfere with his nightly resting, even if he formerly slept the entire night.
  • Rubbing cheeks and pulling ears – Infants with teeth coming in may pull on their ears or touch their cheeks or chins repeatedly. Because the gums, ears, and cheeks all share neural pathways, an aching in the gums, particularly from incoming molars, can be experienced elsewhere in the body. Recognize that ear pulling might be an indication of a tired baby or a sign of an ear infection, so be sure to figure out what’s causing it.

What is the best way to calm a teething baby?

You can alleviate some of your child’s teething symptoms by using the following remedies that have been tried and tested, and parent-proved.

  • Teething Toys – Teething infants like biting, and for good reason, too: the gnawing movement causes pressure against the gums, which alleviates pain as teeth begin pushing up and through to the mouth. Teething aids such as textured rubber toys, your cleaned fingers, or a gentle, wet toothbrush rubbed gently on the child’s gums can provide comforting counter-pressure. Your infant might resist for a while because it hurts, but it is sometimes the best natural remedy for teething, and it gives some immediate relief.
  • Cold Damp Washcloths – Teething pain can be relieved by applying a cool damp washcloth to your baby’s inflamed and irritated gums. Don’t put them in the freezer, though, as it can result in freezer burn.
  • Cold Teething Rings – Keep a stash of teething and chewing toys in your refrigerator. These products are typically soft and full of water to maintain their temperature longer. Never put these in the freezer, though… it’s too cold for your child.
  • Cold Food – Refrigerated snacks like yogurt, mashed peach, or applesauce (after these foods have been introduced) can be more palatable than warmer room temperature foods. However, don’t go overboard. Allowing the youngster to chew on cold foods throughout the day can weaken the enamel on the developing teeth, leading to cavities later.

There is also over-the-counter gels that can be rubbed on your baby’s gums that provide some numbing relief. Please check with your physician first, though.

Should we make a dentist appointment?

Unless your baby is over a year old and has some teeth, there’s really nothing that a dentist can do to assist with teething. Once your baby turns one year old and has most of their baby teeth in, you should schedule your baby’s first appointment, though.

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Wisdom teeth during pregnancy

About wisdom teeth

“Eights” have their own characteristics and differ in many ways from other teeth. They do not have dairy predecessors that would “show” them the way for germination. In addition, wisdom teeth can erupt at any age. For these reasons, the G8s cause a lot of problems, including during pregnancy.

Preparation for pregnancy

It is advisable to think about the condition of your teeth even before pregnancy. The fact is that wisdom teeth may not bother you until a certain point. Therefore, it is worth contacting a dentist in preparation for this important period. He will take an X-ray, on which you can accurately see the position of the wisdom teeth.

What are wisdom teeth like
  • Uncut. The wisdom tooth often begins to germinate in adulthood, causing discomfort, or does not erupt at all.
  • Recumbent. In this case, the wisdom teeth begin to put pressure on neighboring teeth, destroying them.

Sometimes the wisdom tooth does not erupt completely, so the so-called “hood” is formed. This is the area of ​​the gum that hangs over the tooth. Remains of food are clogged under it, which causes inflammation. A dentist can help in this case: he simply removes a small area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe gum, opening a wisdom tooth.

When the doctor decides to remove the wisdom tooth

  • The tooth lies sideways, so it will lead to problems in any case
  • Knocks out of the dentition and causes injury
  • The gum often becomes inflamed over it, and the hood re-forms after removal
  • It cannot be reached, which means that it is impossible to cure it qualitatively
  • The result does not justify the effort: the wisdom tooth does not carry a functional load, so complex and expensive treatment does not make sense

During pregnancy

Are you worried about discomfort associated with your teeth? The first thing you should do is make an appointment with the dentist. To treat teeth during pregnancy is not just possible, but necessary. The doctor will accurately determine the cause of discomfort and offer the safest and most correct solution.

If the tooth erupts

When a tooth is just trying to sprout without causing any inflammation, you can help it. To do this, it is enough to massage the gums and bite solid food. But sometimes a hood forms – in this case, immediately make an appointment with the doctor.

Before visiting a doctor, you can help yourself with inflammation in several simple ways:

  • take baths with warm soda or saline solution
  • rinse your mouth with a decoction of chamomile, calendula or sage
  • make tea with ginger and lemon: they also have an anti-inflammatory effect

Can wisdom teeth be removed during pregnancy

Tooth extraction during pregnancy is undesirable. But the dentist always focuses on the condition of the teeth in a particular case. He will try to save the tooth and postpone the surgical procedure if possible. With unbearable pain, cyst formation or inflammation, the doctor decides to remove the tooth. The procedure will be performed using a local anesthetic.

An unerupted tooth is a source of infection. The risk is much higher than with the use of anesthetics during treatment. Therefore, it is very important to solve the problem with the wisdom tooth in order to avoid complications for the mother and her baby.

Dental care during pregnancy

It is advisable to postpone all procedures related to the treatment of wisdom teeth for the period from the 3rd to the 6th month of pregnancy. But this applies to planned treatment, that is, it applies to cases where urgent medical intervention or anesthesia is not required. If something is sick or swollen, contact your doctor immediately. It is important to understand that the problem with the teeth is not solved by itself, the help of a specialist is needed.

Modern anesthetics are safe for pregnant and lactating mothers. The doctor chooses a suitable agent that does not cross the placenta or into milk. Of the drugs, ultracaine or lidocaine is used for application to the site of inflammation.

Before working with a wisdom tooth, the doctor needs to take an x-ray. In any case, you can’t do without it. In dental clinics, visiographs are used – modern low-dose x-ray machines. For comparison: when walking under the summer sun, you receive the same dose of radiation as when taking 80-2500 images on a visiograph. Therefore, such an examination is completely safe for pregnant women.

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Wisdom teeth often grow unpredictably and can show up at the most inopportune moment. The problem will not be solved by itself, it cannot be endured or postponed. Therefore, the help of a dentist is important, especially during pregnancy.

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Denis Evgenievich Bochkov

Surgeon-periodontologist, implantologist
Work experience: 9years

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A kitten is teething: eruption pattern and symptoms

If children wait years until all milk teeth fall out and permanent teeth grow in their place, then in kittens this process is faster. In fact, by the time a kitten is 6 months old, the second set of teeth is already fully grown.

When kittens start teething

Milk teeth, also called replacement teeth, erupt in kittens at 3-4 weeks of age. According to the Pet Health Network, the incisors and milk canines come first, with the rest of the teeth coming in later.

All milk teeth fall out at the age of 3-4 months, making room for permanent ones. Usually, the change of milk teeth in kittens to molars ends by the time the pet is 6 months old. Most adult cats have 26 milk teeth and 30 permanent teeth.

When kittens are teething: symptoms

You may not even notice when a pet’s teeth are changing until there are fallen ones on the floor or in a basket where he sleeps. This is fine. Most kittens will swallow their tiny teeth, but don’t worry, it won’t hurt them.

When a kitten’s milk teeth change, the following behavioral changes can be noticed:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Excessive desire to chew.
  • More infrequent washes.
  • Soreness and redness of the gums.
  • Slight gingival bleeding.
  • Irritability.

At this stage, the kitten may also start scratching its mouth with its paw. If the owner notices this behavior, it may be due to a condition called deciduous tooth retention, experts at Tufts Catnip explain. At the same time, some milk teeth do not want to fall out. This problem is rare, but it is worth paying attention to, as the kitten may need a tooth extraction.

Tufts stresses the importance of looking for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, such as severely swollen or bleeding gums and bad breath when a kitten is teething. If your pet has any of these symptoms, you should immediately consult a veterinarian to ensure that the baby receives the necessary treatment.

Kitten Teething: How to Help

Teething through sensitive gums is always physically uncomfortable, but according to Greencross Vets it is usually minimal.

The kitten will try to reduce the soreness and irritation associated with teething. He may even try to use the owner as a chew toy, which is unlikely to please the latter. In this case, as in other aggressive cat games, you need to switch the attention of the kitten to something else.

One safe item to use as a chew toy is a cold, damp washcloth. You can chew it as much as you like, and this will help reduce discomfort. Fabric toys and braided ropes are also suitable.

Alternatively, you can purchase kitten chew toys from the pet store, such as nylon-based toys that are easy to chew, or those that can be chilled in the freezer. For the safety of the kitten, it is better for the owner to be nearby while he plays with these toys. In all cases, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as well as check the integrity of the toys, immediately discarding the damaged ones.

The kitten may try to chew on furniture legs or wires. Such actions can not only lead to damage to things, but also harm the pet. “To prevent accidental injury from destructive chewing, cover electrical cables and wires with protective plastic covers,” Your Cat experts advise. They also suggest applying double-sided tape to areas that need to be protected from the kitten’s sharp teeth.

The Importance of Proper Oral Hygiene in Kittens

Dental and gum disease is common in cats, but by taking care of your kitten’s oral health, you can prevent future problems.

Regular dental care with check-ups and brushing can reduce health care costs and prevent diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth resorption. It is worth starting the procedure after the end of teething in order to avoid additional discomfort for the kitten. It is necessary to give the kitten food appropriate for its age – this will also alleviate the painful condition associated with teething.

The kitten may not tolerate this process well, so be sure to give him a lot of love, support and patience until all the new teeth are in place.