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The development of primary teeth begins while the baby is in the womb. At about 5 weeks’ gestation, the first buds of primary teeth appear in the baby’s jaws. At birth, the baby has a full set of 20 primary teeth (10 in the upper jaw, 10 in the lower jaw) hidden under the gums. Primary teeth are also known as baby teeth, milk teeth or deciduous teeth. 

Types of teeth

The names of the different types of teeth are:

  • Incisors – the front teeth located in the upper and lower jaws. Each incisor has a thin cutting edge. The upper and lower incisors come together like a pair of scissors to cut the food.
  • Canines – the pointy teeth on both sides of the incisors in the upper and lower jaws; used to tear food.
  • Premolars – which have flat surfaces to crush food.
  • Molars – these are larger than premolars towards the back of the mouth, with broad, flat surfaces that grind food.


‘Eruption’ refers to the tooth breaking through the gum line. In babies, tooth eruption is also called teething. The timing of tooth eruption differs from child to child. For example, one child may cut their first tooth when only a few months old, while another may not start teething until they are 12 months old or more. 

The exact timing may be different from child to child but the order of tooth development is more consistent.

Generally, the average child has their full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of 3 years.

Managing the teething process

Babies’ immune systems start to change when they are around 6 months old. Along with the tendency to put things in their mouths, this makes them more prone to illnesses. Symptoms of common childhood illnesses such as changes in sleep and eating patterns, fussiness, rash, drooling, runny nose and diarrhoea are often linked to teething when that might not be the cause. If your child has these symptoms, speak to your child’s doctor about other possible causes such as bacterial, viral or middle ear infections. 

Teething takes about 8 days, which includes 4 days before and 3 days after the tooth comes through the gum. (You may see a blue-grey bubble on the gum where the tooth is about to appear. This is called an eruption cyst and will usually go away without treatment.) During this time, it can be tough to keep children comfortable.

Some tips include:

  • Massage – gently massage the gum with clean fingers or a soft, wet cloth.
  • Chilled (not frozen) teething rings or rusks – pressure from a cold object can relieve discomfort from teething. Do not sterilise plastic teething rings in boiling water or dishwater, unless specified by the manufacturer. Be sure to check product information before buying teething rings. Avoid the ones that use a plastic softener called ‘diisononyl phthalate’.
  • Unsweetened teething rusks or sugar-free teething biscuits – these can be given to infants over 6 months who have started eating solids.
  • Pain-relieving medications – paracetamol works well for children. Ibuprofen may also help, but it is not as well tolerated by children.
  • Dry the drool – the skin around the mouth, particularly the chin area, can become irritated. Gently wipe this away with a soft cloth throughout the day.

Some treatments should be used with caution or not at all. These include:

  • Teething necklaces – amber is believed by some people to release healing oil on contact with warm skin. The oil is thought to be soothing or help to reduce pain. Although amber teething strings or necklaces are designed to be worn around the neck, wrist or ankle, they have been incorrectly used to chew on. The ACCC has issued a product safety statement about amber teething necklaces, warning of possible choking and strangulation hazards. Parents are asked to consider other less risky ways of providing relief from teething.
  • Teething gels – common teething gels contain 8.7–9.0% of the ingredient choline salicylate. Salicylate is related to aspirin. The use of aspirin for children younger than 16 is not recommended because in some children it has been known to cause Reye’s syndrome – a rare but potentially lethal condition that can cause liver and brain damage. Although there has not been a reported case of Reye’s syndrome associated with the use of teething gels, the general advice is that it is a risk not worth taking when there are other things available. 

Teething gels containing benzocaine are also not recommended for use in children. Research also suggests that teething gels may not relieve teething pain, rather the act of massaging it into the gum is what helps. 

Caring for baby teeth

Some parents may feel that caring for baby (primary) teeth isn’t as important as caring for adult (permanent) teeth, simply because baby teeth fall out.

However, baby teeth are very important. They allow children to chew food and speak properly, and they reserve the spaces in the gums for future adult teeth.

Tooth decay in baby teeth

Tooth decay is preventable. The risk of developing dental decay can be significantly reduced by good oral hygiene habits and a healthy diet from a young age.

Decayed baby teeth need to be treated by a dental practitioner. In some cases, specialist treatment in a hospital under a general anaesthetic is needed. If neglected, decayed baby teeth can lead to mouth pain, dental abscesses (a boil or swelling resulting from infected teeth), and problems with the surrounding teeth. Severe decay in baby teeth can affect eating and sleep, which can slow growth. 

If a baby molar is lost too early due to severe decay, adjacent baby teeth may drift into the gap and create spacing problems for the adult tooth when it comes through.

Watch this Australian Dental Association video about caring for children’s oral health.

Loss of baby teeth

From the age of about 6 years, baby teeth start to become ‘wobbly’ and fall out to make way for adult teeth. It is perfectly normal for a child to lose their first tooth up to a year or 2 earlier or later than 6 years of age. Girls generally lose teeth earlier than boys. The first tooth to fall out is usually located in the front of the lower jaw. 

Losing baby teeth can be unsettling and painful for young children. Suggestions for parents include:

  • Reassure your child that losing baby teeth is a natural process and new adult teeth will come in their place. It’s normal for gums to be tender and bleed a little, although some children experience little or no discomfort while losing their teeth.
  • Use cold packs or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medication to help relieve loose tooth pain. Ask your dentist or pharmacist for recommendations on appropriate medication for your child.
  • Make use of the Tooth Fairy. This myth has lasted a long time with good reason! The idea of getting some money or another reward in exchange for a tooth might soften the idea of tooth loss for your child.

Permanent teeth

Permanent teeth are also known as adult teeth or secondary teeth. The permanent teeth start to develop in the jaws at birth and continue after a child is born. By about 21 years, the average person has 32 permanent teeth, including 16 in the upper jaw and 16 in the lower jaw. (In some cases, the third molars – commonly called wisdom teeth – do not develop or do not erupt so some people only have a set of 28 permanent teeth.)

At about the age of 6 years, the first permanent molar teeth erupt. These 4 molars (2 in each jaw) come out behind the child’s baby teeth. Other permanent teeth, such as the incisors, canines, and premolars, erupt into the gaps in the gum left by baby teeth that are lost. 

As with baby teeth, the timing for when the permanent teeth come through can differ.  Generally, the order of and rough timeline for each type of permanent tooth is:

  • First molars – between 6 and 7 years. 
  • Central incisors – between 6 and 8 years. 
  • Lateral incisors – between 7 and 8 years. 
  • Canine teeth – between 9 and 13 years. 
  • Premolars – between 9 and 13 years. 
  • Second molars – between 11 and 13 years. 
  • Third molars (wisdom teeth) – between the ages of 17 and 21 years, if at all. 

Mouthguards protect children’s teeth

Mouthguards help protect teeth and prevent dental injuries, particularly when playing and training for contact sports. All children playing contact sports should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard, even primary school-age children. Custom-fitted mouthguards are comfortable, allow speech and do not restrict breathing. Learn more about mouthguards. 

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Teething | Pregnancy Birth and Baby

Your baby’s first teeth will start to appear at some time between 4 and 10 months. Teething can be uncomfortable for some babies and may make them a bit upset and bad-tempered. But lots of love and a chilled teething ring to chew on should help.

About teething

Teething does not happen at the same time for all babies.

Usually, babies start teething at around 6 months, and all 20 baby teeth (10 in each jaw) come in by 2 or 3 years.

But don’t worry if your baby’s teeth come in at different times.

Learn more about how your baby’s teeth develop.

Teething symptoms

Babies often have some discomfort as their teeth break through the gums. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • crying more than usual
  • red, swollen gums
  • flushed cheeks
  • being cranky and restless
  • not feeding as well as usual
  • sucking a lot on toys, fingers or fists
  • having more dirty nappies
  • a slight rise in temperature, but teething usually does not cause a fever (a temperature of 38°C or more)
  • pulling on the ear
  • drooling

These symptoms may not necessarily be linked to teething; they could be just a normal part of your baby’s development. But they could also be the sign of an illness. If your baby isn’t well, it is always best to see a doctor.

Tips to ease the discomfort

  • Wash your hands and gently rub your baby’s gums.
  • Give your baby a cooled (but not frozen) teething ring, dummy, wet facecloth or spoon.
  • Give your baby something firm to suck on, such as a sugar-free rusk.
  • For older children, give them softer foods for a while so they don’t have to chew so much.

Things to avoid

  • Teething gels, since they can harm your baby if they swallow too much of them.
  • Amber teething beads, because these can break apart and your baby can choke. If you do choose to use them, always supervise your baby and remove the beads while they are sleeping.
  • Homeopathic teething tablets, since these have been linked to some baby deaths.

Caring for baby’s teeth and gums

It is important to care for your baby’s gums even before the first tooth appears. Wipe them gently a couple of times each day with a damp facecloth or gauze.

When teeth start to arrive, establish a routine of cleaning them twice a day. Wrap a damp facecloth or gauze around your finger and wipe the teeth.

Cup your baby’s head in your hand so you can see their mouth. Clean the teeth using soft, circular motions. Make sure you clean the front and back of each tooth, as well as the gums.

When your baby allows it, you can start using a soft toothbrush and water. Do not introduce toothpaste until 18 months. Toddlers can use a pea-sized amount of low-fluoride children’s toothpaste.

It is important to protect your baby’s new teeth from decay by avoiding sugary drinks and never letting them go to sleep with a bottle.

When to visit the dentist

It is a good idea to organise your baby’s first visit to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or at around 12 months – whichever comes first. Dentists and their teams are used to dealing with babies and young children.

The dentist will take a full medical history and will give you advice about teething, tooth brushing, how to prevent tooth decay, the best nutrition for your baby’s teeth, and how to prevent problems through injury or habits like thumb sucking.

Always make a visit to the dentist a positive experience for your baby. Never use the dentist as a threat for not brushing teeth or other behaviour.

For more information and advice, call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 to talk to a maternal child health nurse.

Anatomy and Development of the Mouth and Teeth

Teeth start developing in the fetus. Good nutrition from the mother during pregnancy is important in the development of the teeth. The mother’s diet should have adequate amounts of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Certain medicines, such as tetracycline, should not be taken by the mother while she is pregnant. These can cause discoloration to the developing teeth of the embryo. There are 4 main stages of development of the tooth:

  • The first stage begins in the fetus at about 6 weeks of age. This is when the basic substance of the tooth forms.

  • Next, the hard tissue that surrounds the teeth is formed, around 3 to 4 months of gestation.

  • After the child is born, the next stage occurs when the tooth actually protrudes through the gum.

  • Finally, there is the loss of the primary “baby” teeth.

Parts of the tooth

Each tooth has 4 main parts, including the following:

  • Enamel. The outer layer of the tooth and the hardest material in the body.

  • Dentin. The inner layer and the main part of the tooth, and the largest dental tissue.

  • Pulp. Soft tissue on the inside of the tooth that contains the nerve, blood supply, and the ability to produce dentin.

  • Root. The part of the tooth that secures it into the jaw.

When will my child’s teeth come in?

While every child is different, the primary teeth begin to come in between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Most of the primary teeth (baby teeth) will have erupted by 33 months. Girls tend to have their teeth come in before boys. The following are general guidelines for the eruption of the baby teeth:

  • The first tooth to erupt is usually a middle, front tooth on the lower jaw, known as the central incisor. This is followed by the second central incisor on the lower jaw.

  • Next, the four upper incisors usually come in.

  • The above is followed by the first 4 molars, and the remaining bottom 2 lateral incisors. Lateral incisors are beside (lateral to) the central incisors. Next, the 4 first molars come in.

  • Then the cuspids, or the pointed teeth, appear.

  • Usually, after the child reaches 2 years old, the 4 second molars (the last of the baby teeth) appear.

The teeth on the upper jaw usually erupt 1 to 2 months after the same tooth on the lower jaw. There are a total of 20 primary teeth. Usually, about 1 tooth erupts per month once the teeth have started coming in. There is normally a space between all the baby teeth. This leaves room for the larger permanent teeth to erupt.

The eruption sequence can vary quite a bit from child to child. So, don’t become overly concerned if your child’s teeth do not follow the pattern above. However, if teeth fail to come in a year after the expected time, check with your child’s dentist to make sure they are developing properly. Below is a chart showing average ages of eruption and shedding:

When will my child’s permanent teeth come in?

Your child will begin losing his or her primary teeth (baby teeth) around the age of 6. The first teeth to be lost are usually the central incisors. This is then followed by the eruption of the first permanent molars. The last baby tooth is usually lost around the age of 12, and is the cuspid or second molar. There will be a total of 32 permanent, or adult, teeth.

Teething | HealthLink BC

Topic Overview

What is teething?

Your baby is teething when his or her first set of teeth, called primary teeth, break through the gums.

When does teething typically start?

Teething usually begins around 6 months of age. But it is normal for teething to start at any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. By the time your child is about 3 years old, he or she will have all 20 primary teeth.

The lower front teeth usually come in first. Upper front teeth usually come in 1 to 2 months after the lower front teeth. See a picture that shows when the primary teeth come in.

What are the symptoms?

Some babies are fussier than usual when they are teething. This may be because of soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes through. These symptoms usually begin about 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. Many babies don’t seem to be affected by teething.

Babies may bite on their fingers or toys to help relieve the pressure in their gums. They may also refuse to eat and drink because their mouths hurt.

Many babies drool during teething, which can cause a rash on the chin, face, or chest.

Mild symptoms that get better usually are nothing to worry about. Call your doctor if your baby’s symptoms are severe or don’t get better.

How can you help your baby be more comfortable while teething?

Here are some tips to help your baby feel better while teething:

  • Use a clean finger (or cold teething ring) to gently rub your baby’s gum for about 2 minutes at a time. Many babies find this soothing, although they may protest at first.
  • Provide safe objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething rings. Don’t use fluid-filled teething rings.
  • If needed, give your baby an over-the-counter pain reliever that is labelled for his or her specific age. Read and follow all instructions. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 18, because it has been linked to Reye syndrome, a rare but serious disease.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) does not recommend using other teething remedies, such as gels you put on a baby’s gums. Your baby may swallow it.

What to Expect

Tooth development

Primary teeth are usually known as “baby teeth.” Usually, the first primary tooth comes in (erupts) at about 6 months of age, although it can be as early as 3 months or as late as 1 year of age. In rare cases, a baby gets a first tooth after his or her first birthday. By age 3, most children have all 20 of their primary teeth.

Primary teeth usually erupt in a certain order:

  1. The two bottom front teeth (central incisors)
  2. The four upper front teeth (central and lateral incisors)
  3. The two lower lateral incisors
  4. The first molars
  5. The four canines (located on either side next to the upper and lower lateral incisors)
  6. The remaining molars on either side of the existing line of teeth

Secondary, or permanent, teeth usually begin replacing primary teeth around 6 years of age. Permanent teeth erupt in roughly the same sequence as primary teeth. Usually, a permanent tooth pushes the primary tooth out as it erupts.

Symptoms of teething

Many times you might not know that your baby has a new tooth coming in until you see it or hear it click against an object, such as a spoon. Some babies may show signs of discomfort from sore and sensitive gums, be cranky, drool, and have other mild symptoms. These symptoms usually begin about 3 to 5 days before a tooth erupts and go away as soon as the tooth breaks through the gum.

Teething does not cause fever, diarrhea or diaper rash. Mild symptoms that gradually improve usually are nothing to worry about and may even be related to a viral infection or other condition. Severe or ongoing symptoms should be closely watched and discussed with your doctor.

Common concerns

Do not hesitate to call your doctor any time you have concerns about your child’s teething. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor if your child has unusual tooth development, such as late eruption of the first tooth. Tooth development issues usually resolve on their own or are easily treated.

Home Treatment

Controlling symptoms safely

If your baby has discomfort while teething, you can:

  • Rub the affected gum. Use a clean finger (or cold teething ring) to gently rub the area of tooth eruption for about 2 minutes at a time. Many babies find this soothing, although they may protest at first.
  • Provide safe objects for babies to chew on, such as teething rings. Don’t use fluid-filled teething rings. Babies who are teething like to gnaw on things to help relieve the pressure from an erupting tooth. Having safe objects to chew on can help prevent your baby from chewing on those that are dangerous, such as electrical cords or window sills that have lead paint.
  • Give your baby an over-the-counter pain relief medicine that is labelled for his or her specific age. For example, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help relieve your baby’s discomfort. Follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 18, because it has been linked with Reye syndrome.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) does not recommend using other teething remedies, such as gels you put on a baby’s gums. Your baby may swallow it.

Promoting healthy teeth

You can give your child the best chance for healthy teeth and gums.

    • Clean your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or gauze pad to remove plaque before his or her first tooth comes in.footnote 1
    • Take measures to help prevent tooth decay in your child’s primary teeth. When your baby’s teeth come in, use a toothbrush with a smear of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Brush your child’s teeth in the morning and especially at bedtime, until your child can do it with supervision only (usually after age 3). Help to prevent baby bottle tooth decay by always taking a bottle out of your baby’s mouth as soon as he or she is finished. Clean your baby’s teeth after feeding, especially at night. When your baby starts eating solids, offer healthy foods that are low in sugar, and keep milk feedings during the night to a minimum.
    • Schedule routine checkups with your child’s doctor. During these examinations, the doctor will check your child’s dental health.
    • Take your child to the dentist within 6 months of when your child’s first tooth comes in but no later than your child’s first birthday.footnote 3, footnote 4

For more information on caring for your child’s teeth, see the topic Basic Dental Care or Tooth Decay.

When to Call a Doctor

Home treatment usually helps relieve minor teething symptoms such as discomfort, drooling, and irritability. But talk to your doctor if your child has other symptoms that become severe or last longer than a couple of days.

Also, talk to your doctor about any other teething concerns, such as if your child:

  • Is age 18 months and has not had any teeth come in.
  • Has visible signs of tooth decay.
  • Has permanent teeth coming in before the primary teeth are lost, resulting in a double row of teeth.
  • Has a small jaw or a birth defect of the mouth or jaw, such as cleft palate.
  • Has any facial injury that has damaged a tooth or gums.

Your doctor may refer your child to a dentist who specializes in children’s teething problems, if this seems to be needed.

Routine Checkups

All children need early and regular dental care. During routine checkups the doctor will check your child’s dental health. A visit to a dentist is recommended within 6 months of when your child’s first tooth comes in but no later than your child’s first birthday.footnote 2, footnote 3

Some parents dread their child’s first visit to the dentist’s office. You can make a trip to the dentist more positive for your child if you choose his or her dentist carefully. Talk to your child about what to expect. And if you want, use books that are meant to help a young child prepare for the first dental examination. If you have concerns about how your child will behave, talk to your dentist before scheduling the visit. Your dentist may allow your child to come in once or twice before being examined. These types of visits help prepare your child and often make him or her more comfortable with the dentist, other staff, and the office environment.

Regular dental visits are important to teach your child good dental care and to help prevent cavities and other problems. The examination also helps to identify and treat problems early and prevent them from becoming more serious. For more information on routine checkups and tooth care, see the topics Basic Dental Care and Tooth Decay.



  1. American Academy of Pediatrics (2008). Preventive oral health intervention for pediatricians. Pediatrics, 122(6): 1387-1394. Available online: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/122/6/1387.
  2. Canadian Dental Association (2005, reaffirmed 2012). CDA position on first visit to the dentist. Canadian Diabetes Association. Available online: http://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/position_statements/firstVisit.pdf. Accessed November 11, 2014.
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics (2008). Preventive oral health intervention for pediatricians. Pediatrics, 122(6): 1387-1394. Available online: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/122/6/1387.


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American Academy of Pediatrics (2008). Preventive oral health intervention for pediatricians. Pediatrics, 122(6): 1387-1394. Available online: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/122/6/1387.

Canadian Dental Association (2005, reaffirmed 2012). CDA position on first visit to the dentist. Canadian Diabetes Association. Available online: http://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/position_statements/firstVisit.pdf. Accessed November 11, 2014.

American Academy of Pediatrics (2008). Preventive oral health intervention for pediatricians. Pediatrics, 122(6): 1387-1394. Available online: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/122/6/1387.

Teething | Signs, Symptoms & Treatment | When Babies Start Teething

What is teething?

Teething is a normal part of growing for babies: it’s when the baby teeth push through the gums as they’re growing. It usually happens at 6-9 months of age. Your baby may be more unsettled than usual, dribbling or want to chew on something more than usual.

Although the milk teeth develop when the baby is growing in the womb, the teeth only start to grow throughout the gums when the baby is 6-9 months old (although it can be before or after these ages). When the teeth grow, special chemicals are released by the body, which causes part of the gums to separate and so allows the teeth to grow through.

The teeth grow throughout the gums in stages. Usually the lower front teeth come through first, followed by the top middle teeth. Other teeth follow over the following months. A child is usually aged around 2½ or 3 years when they have their full set of first teeth.

What are the most common symptoms of teething?

Babies and children can vary greatly with the symptoms they can have when they are teething. For many babies, teething leads to mild symptoms that just last a few days. However, for others, teething is painful and can last much longer.

Symptoms of teething often occur a few days (or even weeks) before the tooth comes through the gum. Common symptoms and signs include:

  • Red and swollen gums.
  • Red flushed cheek or face.
  • Rubbing their ears on the same side as the tooth which is coming through.
  • Dribbling more than usual.
  • Waking more at night and generally being more unsettled.
  • Inconsistent feeding.
  • Rubbing their gums, biting, chewing or sucking more.

Although there is little evidence that diarrhoea is caused by teething, there often seems to be a change in the poo (stools) at this time. A very mild rise in temperature may possibly be a symptom of teething. Teething should not cause your child to become unwell. If your baby or child has a fever, diarrhoea or other symptoms and is unwell then you should see your doctor to check for another cause of their symptoms. (For example, an ear infection, chest infection or urinary infection.)

Treatment for teething

Many babies and children will have minimal or no symptoms when they are teething so will not need any treatment.

However, the following may be useful for those who are having symptoms:

General advice

Gently rubbing over the affected gum with your clean finger may ease the pain. Many children find that biting on a clean and cool object is soothing (for example, a chilled teething ring or a clean, cold, wet flannel). Chewing on chilled fruit or vegetables may help. However, teething biscuits (or rusks) should be avoided as they contain sugar.

Medicine to help the pain

If your child is in pain with their teething, then giving paracetamol or ibuprofen may help. These should be given at the recommended doses for their age.

There is no evidence that complementary treatments are of any benefit for teething – for example, herbal teething powder.

Teething gels

There are teething gels available which contain a local anaesthetic or mild antiseptic (for example, Bonjela® or Calgel®). The local anaesthetic is usually lidocaine. Experts advise against using these gels for teething pain. This is because there is not much evidence that they help for very long and there is evidence that they can cause harm. There have been a number of cases where a baby has accidentally swallowed too much of the anaesthetic and had serious consequences, including death. If you do choose to use a teething gel, follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely to be sure it is safe.

There is no evidence that using gels which contain choline salicylate is of any benefit for teething. In addition, there is a risk of the salicylate leading to a liver condition, called Reye’s syndrome, in children (aged under 16 years). So, gels which contain choline salicylate should also be avoided.

A General Guide to Infant Teething

The magical roller coaster of becoming a mother certainly isn’t always a smooth one. After overcoming the sleepless nights, nappies, and breastfeeding, everything should get a little easier, right?

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There comes a time, no matter what you do, where your little one seems to be constantly restless, in pain, or just plain miserable. Welcome to the wonderful world of teething. Teething is a critical step for your child’s development into a beautiful smiling toddler, but it’s not always the easiest stage.

As a parent, you understandably want to do everything you can to ease your baby’s discomfort and ensure that his or her teeth grow big and strong. You’ll go exploring the aisles for teethers, have questions about painkillers, and wonder what you can do to make your baby smile (and show off those new teeth!). Here are a few of the most common questions parents ask. 

What Age Will My Baby Begin Teething?

All babies are different. Generally, the period for teething begins within 4 to 7 months of age, but that range can extend from 3 to 12 months depending on the child. Every baby is different in their timing for teething, so don’t be alarmed if your child is teething a bit early or late! 

Once your baby grows their very first tooth at around 6 months of age, its time to buy baby’s first soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you choose a specially labeled infant toothpaste suitable for their age, as it will contain less fluoride than regular toothpaste.

How Will I Tell When My Baby Starts Teething?

Again, babies vary in the way they cope with teething. Some will begin silently, without you even noticing, and others will raise rooftops to let you know something is up!

Signs and symptoms may appear and disappear over several days or weeks.

Signs and Symptoms of Teething

  • Frequent crying, irritability, and an unsettled nature
  • Overly disturbed sleep
  • Red, flushed cheeks and/or a slight fever
  • Drooling
  • Swollen gums or lips
  • Sucking and mouthing toys
  • Difficulty feeding or refusing food
  • Pulling on own ear (the same side as the erupting tooth)

These signs are common, but normal teething shouldn’t cause illness, so if your baby has extended fever or diarrhea during teething, consult your physician.

Is Teething Painful for My Baby? 

Experts aren’t sure if teething is actually painful, but whatever way you look at it, teething is an experience your baby has never had before. The sensations they are feeling in their mouths are completely new and most likely quite confusing. And as many mothers and fathers know, this is a recipe for a very irritated baby.

In What Order Will My Baby’s Teeth Erupt?

Here is the order in which you can expect your baby’s teeth to erupt, bearing in mind that every baby is unique. Babies tend to cut their first teeth at different times and sometimes in a different order than other babies. This doesn’t mean that there is a problem, but if your child is behind this schedule, there are some conditions that may be preventing the eruption of teeth. Regular check-ups with your dentist will be able to detect any of these conditions.

  • First teeth: Lower central incisors (bottom two teeth), at around 6-10 months
  • Second teeth: Upper central incisors (upper two teeth), at around 8-13 months
  • Third teeth: Upper lateral incisors (next to the central teeth), at around 9-13 months
  • Fourth teeth: Lower lateral incisors (next to the central teeth), at around 10-16 months
  • First set of molars: Both upper and lower back teeth, at around 13-19 months
  • Canine teeth: Also known as the eye teeth or cuspid, at around 16-23 months
  • Second set of upper and lower molars, at around  23-33 months

By this time your little one will have a full set of teeth ready to chomp to their heart’s content!

When Do Primary Teeth Shed?

The primary teeth don’t start to shed until about 5 to 7 years of age, so make sure you introduce good oral hygiene habits from a young age, and remember, babies and children learn more by example than words. What they see is often what they do. If you have other children, let brushing be a family activity where everyone practices good brushing technique together.

Are There Any Teething Gels That Relieve Toddler’s Teething Pain?

Teething gels are not recommended for toddlers, since there’s little evidence they work, and they may cause adverse side effects. 

However, if you do choose to use a gel, make sure it’s sugar-free. Sugar is a cause of tooth decay, which can lead to cavities and even, eventually, dental restorations. You don’t want to be covering your toddler’s emerging tooth buds in sugar. 

Follow the instructions on the packaging. Resist the temptation to put the gel on more often than the instructions suggest. Swallowing too much gel could be harmful. Note that mouth ulcer and general pain relief gels for adults aren’t suitable for your teething toddler.

Should I Be Breastfeeding When My Baby Is Teething?

The idea of breastfeeding during teething might seem counterintuitive. However, breast milk’s natural properties seem to be designed to ease a child’s discomfort during teething. Breastfeeding and skin to skin contact are thought to be pain-relieving during medical interventions of babies. Many babies instinctively want to nurse more during teething. Nursing also has the added benefit of helping to align baby’s teeth correctly and prevent crooked teeth later, so there are multiple connections to oral health and breastfeeding.

One difficulty is dealing with the pain of a baby that bites during feeding. If your baby does bite you, your natural response is to exclaim loudly and pull them away. This will usually startle your baby, and he or she will release the nipple and react with surprise. Often, feelings will be hurt and your baby may begin to cry. This is negative reinforcement that immediately follows the behavior you want to discourage, and is often enough to keep your baby from ever biting again. Some very sensitive babies will be so upset by your reaction that they will temporarily refuse to nurse altogether.

Another option is to freeze your breast milk into cubes and allow your child to suck on the ice cubes as a natural teething remedy.

How Can I Help My Baby Through Teething?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to speed up the teething process, so you’re left with no choice but to be patient and find ways to make the period as comfortable as possible for your little one. There are a few different techniques that can help them through periods of high irritation.

What You SHOULD NOT do if your child is teething:

  • Never give infants aspirin.
  • Never use any pain reliever or oral gel that contains a local anesthetic. These preparations are not suitable for infants under 3 months of age. Make sure to talk to your baby’s doctor or dentist before choosing a pain relief option. 

Should I Give My Toddler Pain Killers?

This should be an absolute last resort for when your toddler is in real distress. You can give him or her a dose of infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These are effective painkillers and can make him or her feel more comfortable quite quickly. Always check the dosage information on the packet and always consult your doctor or pharmacist about how much to give your child.

You should also consult your doctor if your toddler has a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This will almost certainly not be due to teething.

In addition, be sure that there isn’t something other than teething that is causing your baby to be upset. Ear infections, colds, coughs, tummy bugs, and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often mistaken for teething. Your GP can confirm a diagnosis. 

Should My Child See the Dentist?

Your child’s first dental check-up should ideally be around 6-12 months, and no longer than 24 months. Getting your baby familiar with the family dentist from the very first tooth is always beneficial. This is because they’ve had time to see that a trip to the dentist can be a safe and fun event. 

Anytime you (or your other children if you have them) have an appointment, see if the dentist can have a quick fun check of your child’s teeth so that when the time comes for a proper check-up, it’s not so daunting—and they’ve seen that you do it too! 

Other Techniques to Help Your Child Through Teething

A few other things you can try include:

  1. Apply light rubbing pressure to your baby’s gums. Teething babies often find it soothing to have their gums rubbed. Just gently rub your baby’s gums with the pad of your finger (clean, of course) for a few minutes at a time.
  2. Let them bite on a cold washcloth. Teething babies love gnawing on cold items, and a chilled washcloth is an easy, safe, and effective teething toy. Place a clean, wet washcloth in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then let your baby chew it.
  3. Use teething rings. Firm rubber teething rings and teething toys come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They may have bumps or be filled with water—the latter are meant to be chilled in the refrigerator (most of them shouldn’t go in the freezer). For an easy homemade teething toy, squeeze water into your baby’s pacifier and chill it.
  4. Cold food is perfect for teething babies who are already eating solid foods. Anything from frozen bananas, grapes, and bagels to cold applesauce or yogurt can do the trick. Put the food in a mesh feeder so that your baby can chew on the cold food without breaking off and swallowing large pieces.
  5. Try teething biscuits. Some babies just don’t like cold items, but food doesn’t have to be cold to provide teething relief. Hard teething biscuits are also great for teething babies who are old enough to chew and eat them and other solid foods. Many commercial biscuits contain sugar, so you should try to make your own sugar-free teething biscuits or find products that are sugar-free.

The Development Of Teeth – Devoted Family Dental

March 11, 2016

When an infant begins teething, we know it’s almost time for their teeth to come in. Infants’ baby teeth start to appear at 6 to 10 months of age. This is the first stage of the development of teeth.

The central incisors tend to come in first, then teeth begin to appear on either side, and the molars come in last. Lower teeth usually appear two months before the uppers. At about two and a half years of age, most children have their 20 primary teeth. As the child grows, the jaw also grows – spaces may then begin to appear between the primary teeth.

Baby teeth play a major role in the development of teeth. They not only hold the placement for permanent teeth, but they help guide them into the correct position.

At about the age of 5, most children begin to lose their baby teeth and grow permanent teeth. The first permanent teeth that come in are the molars. After this, the lower central incisors begin to loosen and fall out, and are then replaced by permanent teeth. It can take a span of six years for baby teeth to be replaced with permanent teeth.

Unfortunately, permanent teeth can come in crooked, sideways, have too much space in between or overlap one another. When this happens, braces are needed to improve the teeth.

At around the age of 7, children should have their first visit with an orthodontist. At this age, children may still have some baby teeth, but the orthodontist can evaluate any issues that may be present.

The best age to be fitted for braces is between the ages of 8 and 14.

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90,000 Signs of teething in children and ways to relieve pain

With the birth of their first child, there is much unknown for young parents, so much new things await them ahead. Of course, parents are worried about the baby growing and developing correctly. Gradually, the baby goes through important stages: he begins to smile, roll over from back to side, sleep without waking up all night. Another significant event that parents are looking forward to is the appearance of the first tooth.Parents are worried about the question: “When do children start teething?”

Signs of appearance teeth

You will notice this from the behavior and condition of the child. When teeth are being cut, the child pulls everything into his mouth to scratch his gums. His salivation increases, his appetite worsens, and his gums swell. The kid is naughty and sleeps restlessly.

If your child has a high fever and / or diarrhea, you should make an appointment with your pediatrician.These symptoms cannot be attributed to mild teething malaise. Remember that the child’s immunity is just beginning to develop at this age. Babies put all toys and objects, clean or dirty, into their mouths, so they are at risk of contracting bacteria and viruses.

How to Help Child Relieve Pain

Pediatric dentists have developed a number of tips and tricks to help relieve pain and discomfort in infants.Modern medicine does not recommend applying topical anesthetic gels and fluids to the gums due to the risk of toxicity for children 2 years of age and younger. Another obsolete remedy recognized as harmful to the teeth is to dip the nipple in sugar or honey.

Don’t worry, there are many simple and harmless ways to make your child’s life easier. Try giving him a clean teether ring made of sturdy material or a chilled teat. Store spare teethers in the freezer for easy access.Cold foods help to fight unpleasant symptoms if the child can already eat them, for example, ice cream and frozen fruits. Gently massaging your gums will help relieve pain. For severe pain, see your pediatrician for advice on over-the-counter medication for babies. Be attentive and notice which method works best for your child.

Teething schedule teeth

Noticing increased salivation, parents immediately begin to look out for the first tooth in the child’s mouth.The bottom two central incisors appear first when the baby is about 6 months old. However, no two children are alike; the first tooth can appear at 5 months or 12 months. So, the correct answer to the question “when children start teething” is: “any time they want.”

After the first teeth appear, on schedule or off schedule, you wonder when to expect the next. The two upper central teeth erupt between about 9 and 13 months of age. Between 13 and 16 months of age, many babies have four front teeth on the bottom and four on the top.The remaining deciduous teeth, lateral incisors and molars should erupt by the age of 2 to 3 years. It’s a long process, but when it’s over, the baby will have 20 milk teeth!

Important Role Dairy Teeth Teeth

Some parents think that baby teeth are not very important because they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth. However, this is precisely why it is necessary to take care of baby teeth! They not only make the baby’s smile beautiful, but also help him learn to speak and chew food.These 20 teeth form the necessary space for the development, growth and correct position of the permanent teeth.

The importance of proper care of your child’s teeth and gums from the very beginning of teething cannot be overemphasized. The specialists of the Russian Medical Server consider oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist to be the best methods of preventing dental diseases. The last baby tooth will fall out in a child in early adolescence, about 12 years old.Please be patient and surround your child with care so that this difficult period passes safely.

90,000 Premature loss of milk teeth in children

As soon as the period of teething has come to an end, it is immediately replaced by a period of teeth loss. The reason for this is simple: space is freed up for persistent ones. Parents are interested in the question, when exactly does the change take place and what threatens early loss of milk teeth?

Tooth loss: norm or guideline

In most cases, the change of teeth begins at the age of 5-6 years.But do not panic if they fell earlier or later. There are no definite rules. In most cases, the change occurs symmetrically, with the teeth falling out on the lower jaw earlier than on the upper one. The front incisors are the first to change. Immediately after them are the second incisors. Then the sequence changes, the first molars begin to change, and then the canines. Then the second molars loosen. It is important to remember that all baby teeth must change sooner or later. But when this happens, even the most experienced doctor will not tell you.

Why do teeth change early?

The teeth fall out as a result of root resorption. But it may also happen that they loosen for a different reason. This situation is dangerous in its consequences. If a tooth falls out ahead of time, then the neighboring ones begin to shift into free space, leaving no space permanent. This is one of the most common causes of malocclusion in the future.

A large number of factors can lead to an early change of teeth. First of all, you need to consider local ones, such as caries, root fracture, trauma, periodontal pathology, and so on.The following can also affect and change the timing:

  • gender of the child;
  • heredity and individual characteristics;
  • duration of breastfeeding;
  • severe toxicosis during gestation, which could affect the establishment of teeth;
  • 90,073 infectious diseases transmitted by a child under the age of six.

All of these situations can be considered as the norm.But still it is worth excluding more serious deviations, especially if there is too early loss of teeth in children. They may be latent infectious processes, rickets in a sluggish form, endocrine pathologies, as well as developmental abnormalities. Only a doctor will be able to exclude the disease after a thorough examination of the baby.

How to avoid complications

In order not to have to go to an orthodontist and treat malocclusion in the future, it is enough to contact a dentist in time in case of early loss of a milk tooth.As a rule, doctors suggest installing a special structure that provides free space for permanent teeth.

Such a system does not interfere with the child either while eating or talking. It does not interfere with the process of caring for the oral cavity, and for its installation it is not necessary to grind adjacent teeth. But at the same time, the importance of the design is very high: it does not allow the teeth to move into the vacant space, ensuring that in the future the permanent will cut through exactly where it is needed.

The construction is removed only after the edge of the tooth appears in the gum. The removal procedure also does not cause discomfort. Dentists recommend using a holding device in cases where milk teeth have been removed due to illness or injury ahead of time, as well as when the eruption of permanent teeth is delayed.

the first teeth of a child are being cut


Does your child suddenly start to be capricious, cry for no reason and demand increased attention?… Congratulations, the baby’s first teeth are being cut!

But how to get through these difficult days for the child, help him and not panic? Dentist Anna Prelevich gives her recommendations.

Purchase special teether massagers – this will ease the child’s condition

The main thing that a mother should do is to surround her baby with love and affection. When children have their first tooth cut, they usually start chewing and biting.Therefore, it is imperative that the toys are clean. Keep your home tidy, do wet cleaning every day, and your child won’t have any oral or intestinal diseases. The signs of teething appear almost immediately, and it will not be difficult to determine the beginning of this process. The child becomes restless, naughty, his temperature may rise up to 38 degrees, profuse salivation begins, the baby constantly keeps his fingers in his mouth.You need to prepare for this process in advance. Since teething occurs from 4-5 months, purchase by this time special teether massagers – this is an excellent means of stimulating the gums. Such toys spring and massage the gums of the child while he chews them. They are made of a special material with a gel inside that needs to be cooled. This remedy has a good analgesic effect. Curaprox teethers are especially popular with babies, obviously due to the fact that they are very light, and the baby’s hands do not get tired when using them.

In addition to teethers, there are other products – gels, dental wipes. And if the child’s temperature rises above 38.5, you can use an antipyretic candle (just before that, be sure to consult with your doctor).

“It is important to keep milk teeth until the permanent ones begin to grow

Many mothers want to know what kind of magic gel that can lubricate the gums and which makes teething easier? As a rule, it contains natural antiseptics (such as chamomile) and analgesics, which is why this gel has a soothing effect.As an example, we can cite such a gel as “Holisal”, as well as “Kamistad”, “Kalgel” and others – it is better to find out about the drug suitable for you from your attending dentist.

Should you be vaccinated at this time?

Due to symptoms such as fever and runny nose, many mothers are worried – is it possible to get the vaccine, especially if it is on schedule? This is the right question. Only your doctor can determine if you are allowed to be vaccinated.As a rule, in each case everything is individual: if the child is feeling well (with the exception of mild anxiety), then why not get the planned vaccination? But if not – he has a fever, a runny nose or vomiting, then the vaccination is very often postponed until the severity of symptoms decreases. This is due to the fact that children already do not tolerate the vaccine so badly (especially, such a difficult one as DPT), and its combination with teething can be very unpleasant.

“The appearance of teeth, like other parameters of a child’s development, varies greatly depending on the characteristics of the child’s organism and his parents

P First teeth – when and in what order?

Scientists have long established that the development of teeth begins in the womb, when the rudiments of teeth develop in the gums of the fetus.The appearance of teeth, like other parameters of a child’s development, varies greatly depending on the characteristics of the child’s body and his parents. In most children, the first teeth appear at about 4-7 months, but small deviations from this period should not alarm parents.

Teeth most often appear in the following order: first incisors (upper and lower), second incisors (upper and lower), first large molars (upper and lower), canines and finally the second large molars.Our picture will help you better navigate this issue. By the age of 3, a child usually has a full row of 20 teeth, which should be in the mouth until the age of 6 when the permanent teeth are ready to erupt. It is very important to preserve all baby teeth, as this will enable the permanent teeth to erupt in the required time frame in the required place. Otherwise, the eruption is either delayed, or the teeth begin to grow in the wrong position, which entails the need for orthodontic treatment.

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Change of teeth – Nizhnevartovsk city children’s dental office


The formation of teeth begins long before the baby is born, and when the baby is born, his gums already have the rudiments of teeth.The first milk teeth, which are also called temporary, begin to erupt at the age of 6-7 months. By the age of 2, all 20 deciduous teeth are usually erupted. Milk teeth are very important for the process of chewing, digestion, speech development, and also serve as the basis for the formation of the jaws, therefore, it is very important to keep them healthy throughout their entire service life.

Permanent teeth are replacing milk teeth. At the age of 6 to 12, milk teeth gradually fall out, and permanent ones erupt.

By the age of 12, a child has 28 permanent teeth. In an adult, after the “wisdom teeth” have erupted, there are 32 permanent teeth. These teeth serve a person all his life, and therefore it is very important to keep them healthy from the very moment of eruption.

Often the eruption of permanent teeth is hindered by missing milk teeth. As a result, the child may develop an irregular bite, which will require further treatment by an orthodontist.

To avoid this, you need to carefully monitor your child’s teething, regularly visit a dentist who can remove temporary teeth that did not fall out in time and interfere with the eruption of permanent teeth.

Nutrition and dental health

The greatest harm people do to their teeth is when they eat sweets and drink sugary drinks between breakfast, lunch and dinner, without being able to brush their teeth after eating.

The main cause of tooth decay is food containing sugar and starch. In addition to regular sugar, sugars include sucrose, fructose, glucose, lactose. Starch is found in foods made from grains, potatoes, and rice. Every time food containing these ingredients enters the mouth, the bacteria in the plaque build up acids that destroy the enamel of the teeth. Caries develops.

In experiments in which the volunteers stopped brushing their teeth and rinsed the mouth with a sugar solution every two hours, the tooth enamel “softened” in three weeks.

The amount of sugar and carbohydrates in food is undoubtedly important in the development of dental caries and should be limited. However, the biggest damage to your teeth is the frequent use of sugar.

Studies have shown that after taking sugar, its increased concentration remains in the mouth for another 20-40 minutes. Consequently, the more often you snack, the longer your teeth are at risk of developing caries.

A bag of sweets eaten one after the other throughout the day is much more damaging to your teeth than if you ate all the sweets at once.

It is best to eat sweets and drink sugary drinks with meals.

For teeth to be healthy, the diet must be well balanced. Healthy food should contain: a small amount of sugar and a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals.

Eat food that is safe for the teeth – raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, natural yogurt, partially skim milk and cheeses

Raw vegetables, hard fruits contribute to self-cleaning of the oral cavity and serve as a good training for the dento-jaw system, and in children they promote the growth and development of the jaws.Milk, cheese, meat and green vegetables contain calcium, which helps teeth grow healthy and strong. Almost all fish, tea, and sometimes tap water (if fluoridated) contain fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel. Plants, fruits (strawberries), vegetables (onions and carrots) contain a natural sweetener (xylitol). It is as sweet as sugar, but it cannot be used by plaque bacteria to form acids and does not cause tooth decay.

90 000 When a puppy’s teeth change – a change of teeth in puppies

How does a puppy change teeth and what to do during this period?

A newborn puppy needs warmth and care from its mother, is born without teeth, ears and eyes are still closed.

The first milk teeth grow by 20-30 days of life. A complete set – 32 milk teeth – appears only by two or three months.

4 canines erupt first. Then 12 incisors – 6 each on the upper and lower jaws, and the last – 16 premolars. There are no molars in puppies.

At the age of 3–7 months, the puppy begins to change teeth. Dairy products are changed to permanent ones. The process goes in this order: first, at the age of about 3 months, the milk incisors fall out.Then, at 4–5 months, the premolars, and by 6–7 months, the canines change and molars – molars – grow. By 8–9 months, the puppy should have a complete set of 42 permanent teeth. Sometimes, not all milk teeth grow, but sometimes there is a difference in the big direction. With the “completeness” of molars, there are also deviations.

The change of teeth is due to the fact that the rather long root of the milk tooth is gradually absorbed, weakened and pushed out by the growing permanent tooth. During the period of changing teeth, daily examination of the puppy’s oral cavity is very important.

Sometimes, especially often in small and short-faced dog breeds, a permanent tooth grows next to a milk one. This is due to the poor development of the chewing muscles, a decrease in the size of the gums, and the puppy’s feeding on soft food.

If the baby tooth is loose, the owner can gently loosen it and pull it out by grabbing it with a gauze pad. But in cases where the permanent teeth have already grown, and the milk ones have not fallen out, when the change of teeth is greatly delayed or any other deviations from the norm are noticeable, it would be more correct to show the puppy to the veterinary dentist.

Any violation of the change of teeth can affect the formation of the jaws and bite of the dog. It is better to remove all milk teeth that have not fallen out in time.

Firstly, this frees up space for permanent ones, and secondly, the correct bite is formed.

Massage of the gums is also useful, which relieves the puppy’s discomfort in the mouth. Full feeding of the puppy is also necessary, which helps the teeth to change faster.

  • When a puppy’s teeth change, he chews and chews things, furniture, shoes.This is how he tries to get rid of the unpleasant sensations

Teething takes several months and can be quite sensitive for a puppy. During this period, his immunity weakens, so it is better to refrain from vaccinations. The puppy should not be hypothermic, zealous with walks and training.

When a puppy’s teeth change, he gnaws and chews things, furniture, shoes. So he tries to get rid of unpleasant sensations. Sometimes general malaise, poor appetite, lethargy, indigestion, fever are noticeable.If you are worried about his condition and / or these phenomena are long-term, consult your veterinarian.

To reduce your puppy’s risk of getting sick, all vaccinations should be done prior to changing teeth. Provide your puppy with a variety of toys to help massage the gums. Spend more time with your puppy, distracting him from spoiling things. If you do not do this, your dog’s habit of gnawing and chewing on your furniture and things will remain for life, and it will be very difficult to get rid of it.

In large dogs, the process of changing teeth is faster.But a past illness, surgery, trauma, tail or ear docking can slow down this process.

Treatment of bottle caries

The prevalence of caries in children under 3 years of age is 90%, which allows us to say that only 1 child in 10 is healthy.

Bottlenose or, as it is also called, circular or acute caries occurs in children aged 0 to 4 years and affects milk teeth during their eruption. Circulatory caries begins in the upper anterior teeth and develops gradually.It can be recognized by white spots that appear in the part of the tooth that is adjacent to the gum, as well as in the area of ​​contact between the teeth. If the parents do not follow the hygiene of the child’s oral cavity, then the initial carious lesions will be difficult to see behind the layer of brown plaque.

Causes of bottle caries

Bottle caries occurs due to frequent feeding of the baby before daytime or nighttime sleep. In this case, we are talking not only about breastfeeding or through a bottle, but also about the use of other cariogenic foods, such as cookies, sweets and sugary juices, more often than three times a day.After eating, pieces of food remain on the teeth, the child goes to bed – this is how caries occurs. And one of the biggest reasons is poor oral hygiene.

Methods for the treatment of bottle caries

Treatment of bottle caries in children depends on the degree of complexity, which is determined by the dentist in accordance with the age of the little patient and the stage of development of the disease. The first, or initial, degree occurs at the age of 10 – 20 months and is characterized by the appearance of chalky spots on the enamel, as well as in the area of ​​contact of the teeth with the gum and with the opposite jaw.Unfortunately, such minor injuries are not easy to detect, but if detected, they can be cured at home. The doctors of the Dent-a-med clinic, depending on the degree of activity of the carious process, will prescribe you a course of remineralizing enamel-restoring gel or paste with fluoride, give recommendations on how to feed the child and care for the baby’s oral cavity.

Another way to treat bottle caries is silvering. However, this technique is considered obsolete. It does not eliminate the cause of the disease, but only prevents its further development, and therefore requires re-conducting.In addition, the silver nitrate film does not look very aesthetically pleasing on the teeth – they appear black, which interferes with the detection of new cavities.

Deeper stage, manifests itself in the period from 20 to 36 months and is characterized by severe damage to the upper incisors and the occurrence of acute pain. In such a case, dental treatment with a drill and the setting of fillings are required. Filling milk teeth is not an easy task, because, firstly, it is not very easy for a specialist to persuade a child to sit in his chair, calmly open his mouth.Secondly, when placing a filling, the surface of the tooth must be absolutely dry, which in such cases is quite difficult to achieve. The doctors of the Dentamed clinic use only materials that are safe for the child’s body.

If we are talking about a very small patient, then persuasion alone will not be enough, in this case it is preferable to use sedation or dental treatment in children under anesthesia.

During the third stage, the coronal part of the tooth is completely destroyed, and milk teeth have to be removed.

If the lost or severely damaged tooth is not restored in time, the baby is threatened with disruption of the gastrointestinal tract, problems in the pronunciation of sounds, malocclusion, changes in the child’s appearance. Moreover, caries is a hotbed of infection and can cause laryngitis, tonsillitis, heart disease, lung disease and kidney disease. In order to avoid such a terrible development of events, it is necessary to treat bottle caries in time, and even better – to prevent its appearance.

Prevention of bottle caries

In order to avoid circular caries, first of all, you need to stop feeding your baby before bedtime. If the child cannot sleep on an empty stomach, wait until the baby burps up before going to bed, and then thoroughly brush the baby’s mouth with a special toothbrush or xylitol napkin. We also recommend cutting back on sweets and replacing high-sugar juices with water.

Milk teeth: learning to brush them.Advice for parents.

The main task of a mother at the stage of getting to know the child with a brush is to arouse interest in dental care. There are at least two safe ways:

  • Teaching children’s oral hygiene goes with a bang when parents offer their child a game. Hearing how a kind “aunt-brush” toothbrush cleans teeth one after another, making them beautiful and expelling harmful microbes, most kids will eagerly open their mouths and patiently wait until the end of the process.
  • Another powerful teaching method is to act like a mom.Often, children copy the behavior of their parents, their speech and facial expressions. In the same way, they will learn how to properly brush their teeth. You can play with the baby, first let him brush his mother’s or father’s teeth, and then the parents brush the baby’s teeth. By doing daily cleaning with your baby, and at the same time helping him, you will make sure that after a while the child will reach for the toothbrush himself.

What advice do we give to parents?

In order to keep the baby’s milk teeth healthy, it is recommended:

  • Regularly, 4 times a year (unless the doctor has prescribed otherwise), show the baby to the pediatric dentist for a preventive examination.
  • Brush milk teeth with your child 2 times a day, 1 time – strictly before bedtime. Teach your child to hygiene immediately after teething of the first tooth, use children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste according to age.
  • If a child has caries, pulpitis, other problems with the health of the teeth or oral mucosa – be sure to contact modern dentistry, a pediatric dentist and go through all the necessary treatment to the end.
  • Take your child’s diet seriously, remembering that excess sugar and “fast” carbohydrates are harmful to teeth.

Our doctors have received special education to work with children. They know how to find an approach to every child. In the clinic Dent-a-med children are met by the Tooth Fairy, during the treatment, the child watches cartoons on the screen in front of the chair. And at the end of the visit, the baby will receive a gift from our “magic chest”. Therefore, a visit to the Dent-a-Med clinic will remain a pleasant memory for him.


Treatment of superficial caries of milk teeth

1,000 P

Treatment of pulpitis, periodontitis

1 800 R

Treatment of complicated caries of milk teeth

4 580 R

Providing emergency care for acute pain

980 R

90,000 Teething in children: 12 general questions.

Teething in babies can be a challenging time for both the baby and the parent, but the more you know about it, the more you can help your little one get relief.

Teething experience can be different for every child. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about teething symptoms and remedies.

At what age does teething start in children?

A baby’s first tooth may appear in three months or a year or more.The average age is about six months.

If the baby is born prematurely, the teeth will probably take longer to germinate.

How long does it take?

A single tooth usually causes discomfort for no more than a few days, but for some children it may take longer. The entire teething process is usually completed between two and three years of age.

Are your teeth always painful?

Teething is often associated with pain, but this is not always the case.Babies may suffer more from teething because they are less accustomed to dealing with the discomfort.

What are the symptoms of teething in children?

The first sign of teething that many parents notice is that their child is sullen and irritable. But there are more common teething symptoms, including:

  • Excessive delight
  • Red, swollen, or bulging gums
  • Redness on the cheeks or chin
  • Increased bite, chewing, and sucking
  • Refusal to eat
  • Disturbed sleep
  • rubbing of face or ears.

If your child has more than one of these symptoms, it is likely teething, but it may not be the only cause.

Symptoms worse at night?

Your child may seem more anxious about teething discomfort at night when there are fewer distractions. Teething can cause some babies to wake up multiple times during the night.

What remedies help with gum disease and teething?

If your child is experiencing teething pain, there are many home remedies and products that you can try to relieve these symptoms and soothe their sore gums.Try:

  • Gum Massage : After making sure your fingers are clean, gently rub the sore areas of your child’s gums. This back pressure can give them temporary relief.
  • Teething toys : Soft, plastic and rubber toys are safe to chew and can soothe the gums.
  • Cold rag : Chill a damp, clean rag in the refrigerator or freezer and let your child chew on it.This can relieve some of the pressure and swelling.
  • Medicine : If home remedies don’t work, ask your pediatrician or dentist about safe pain management options.

Are Tooth Necklaces Safe?

Teething necklaces and bracelets have become popular treatments for teething pain relief, but the scientific claims of these products have not been substantiated.

They can also cause suffocation and suffocation, so tooth necklaces should never be used unattended.

Can I still breastfeed?

Some babies choose to breastfeed more frequently during teething, while for others the sucking action may increase the pain.

If you are worried about your baby biting, gently massage his gums from time to time with a clean finger or joint to relieve discomfort.

In what order do the baby’s teeth grow?

Teeth are usually cut in pairs and appear according to the age of the child, but this is not always the case.
The two lower middle teeth (central incisors) usually appear first after about six months, and the upper middle teeth appear after a couple of months. These are followed by the surrounding teeth (lower and upper lateral incisors) after two months.

The first posterior teeth (molars) usually appear after 12-14 months. These are the largest teeth in your mouth and can cause teething discomfort. These are followed by four canines at about 18 months and second molars at about two years.

Please note that these are only approximate dates.Every child is different, and you may find that the younger child already has a tooth that the older one does not. Don’t worry – this is completely normal.

Do children eat less when teething?

Some babies may feel uncomfortable eating when they have swollen gums, while others may want to eat more often.

If the hunger strike continues for several days, you should talk to your pediatrician.

Is diarrhea the cause of teeth?

Teething should not cause any change in the number of soiled diapers.One reason for this common misconception is that many parents start feeding their babies solid food at six months old, around the same time that teething begins. This is often what actually affects any changes in your child’s gut.

If your child has diarrhea for more than 24 hours, you should make sure he is drinking plenty of fluids and make an appointment with your pediatrician.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

Once your child has their first tooth, you should start caring for them.Tooth decay can affect children of all ages, so prevention and dental care is important.

Gently brush or wipe your milk teeth with water. You don’t need to use toothpaste because kids usually just swallow it! This should be sufficient, especially in areas where there is fluoride in your drinking water, but be sure to check with your dentist. By the age of three, your child can gradually switch to a small dose of fluoride toothpaste (smaller than a pea) twice a day.

Make an appointment!

Your child should have their first dental check-up by the time they are three years old. Our dentist will make sure he is as comfortable as possible during the exam while he checks to see if his teeth and jaw are developing properly and looks for any signs of problems.