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When do babies begin teething: Teething in Babies: Symptoms and Remedies


Teething Necklaces and Beads: A Caution for Parents

​​​​​When parents see their baby suffering, they just want a solution. Teething necklaces and beads have become an increasing popular alternative treatment to ease
teething pain.
But, are they effective and safe? The answer is no.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an

official warning in December 2018 after recieving reports of children choking on beads that break off and an 18-month-old being strangled to death by an amber necklace during a nap.

​Teething Necklaces: Watch Out For Faulty Claims

Teething necklaces and bracelets are made of amber, wood, marble or silicone. They are marketed to relieve teething pain and sometimes are used to provide sensory stimulation to people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine,
the use of these necklaces is not supported by modern science. Retailers claim that when warmed by the baby’s body temperature, the amber releases a pain-relieving substance that is then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Additionally, promoters claim that they stimulate the thyroid gland (to control drooling) and improve the ability of the immune system to reduce inflammation in the ears, throat, stomach and respiratory system. However, there is currently no scientific research or evidence to back up these claims. 

Why These Teething Necklaces and Beads are Choking and Strangulation Hazards:

“The risk is two-fold — strangulation and
choking,” said pediatrician Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP. It occurs when the necklaces are worn around a child’s neck, especially when unsupervised (such as while sleeping) or if the child were to break the necklace and swallow the beads. However, those risks are not only for these teething necklaces.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend that infants wear any jewelry. Suffocation is the leading cause of death for children under a year old and among the top five causes of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.

Parents who choose to use these necklaces are advised to:

  • Always supervise your child when he or she is wearing the necklace or bracelet.

  • Have your child wear the necklace on a wrist or ankle and not around his or her neck.

  • Remember to remove the necklace or bracelet when your child is unattended, even if it is only for a short period of time!

  • Remove the necklace or bracelet while your child is sleeping (day or night).

  • Consider using alternate forms of teething pain relief (see suggestions below).

  • Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you have concerns or questions about your child’s health.

Safer Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby:

There are many teething-pain relievers that can soothe your baby’s sore gums safely. Here are a few worth trying:

  • Chew toys. Plastic and rubber toys are great for soothing aching gums.

  • Cold things. For help numbing and easing the ache and inflammation, try using damp washcloths that have been twisted and frozen (tie one end in a knot for better gnawing). Avoid teething rings that are frozen solid; they are too hard for children’s mouths.

  • Massage. A light, gentle rub or massage might give your little one a lot of relief. Remember to wash your hands, then massage the sore areas in your baby’s mouth with your finger or knuckle.

  • Medicine. When your baby is having a really tough time, ask your pediatrician about giving a dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    Note: Numbing gels or creams that contain benzocaine are not recommended for infants.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

When Do Babies Start Teething? Baby Teething Signs, Symptoms, Remedies

Maybe your baby’s drooling a little (or a lot), or maybe he’s a bit more irritable than usual. While your little one likely doesn’t understand why he has an itchy chin or an achy mouth, you may be able to assume that baby teeth are on their way. 

It’s hard to predict when exactly your baby’s first tooth will show up. And there may (or may not) be a number of teething signs that clue you in. In other words, you might be taken by surprise (“Ouch! Was that just a bite?”), or you might finally know for sure what those strange symptoms were about. 

Read on to learn more about teething symptoms, when your baby’s first teeth will appear and how to safely soothe your teething baby. 

When do babies start teething?

There’s a wide range of normal in terms of when teething in babies starts. That’s because the moment those first tiny pearly whites make their appearance can vary quite a bit from baby to baby.

Most babies get their first tooth around 6 months old, with teething symptoms preceding its appearance by as much as two or three months.

However, some infants’ first teeth erupt as early as 3 or 4 months old, while others don’t get their first tooth until around or after their first birthday. 

What are common teething signs and symptoms?

Every baby experiences teething differently. Some have virtually no symptoms, while others suffer through months of teething pain and fussiness.

Knowing what teething symptoms to look out for can help get you and baby through this milestone. Here are some of the first signs of teething:

1. Drooling

It’s hard to believe so much fluid can come from such a tiny mouth, but teething can stimulate a lot of drooling. The waterworks start for most babies between about 10 weeks and 4 months of age, and drooling may continue for as long as your baby’s teeth continue to come in.

If you find that your baby’s shirts are constantly soggy, fasten on a bib to keep him more comfortable and clean. To stave off chapping, gently wipe his chin throughout the day.

2. Teething rash

If your teething baby is drooling, the constant drip may cause chafing, chapping, redness and rashes around his mouth, chin and even his neck and chest. Patting it away will help prevent irritation. 

You can also create a moisture barrier to the area with Vaseline or Aquaphor and moisturize with a gentle, unscented skin cream as needed. Nursing cream (like Lansinoh) is great for protecting tender baby skin too.

3. Coughing and/or gag reflex

A constant mouthful of spit can make babies gag and cough. It’s not cause for concern, as long as your baby has no other signs of a cold, flu or allergies.

4. Biting

Pressure from teeth poking through under the gums causes babies a lot of discomfort, which can be relieved by counter-pressure (aka chewing and biting).

Teething babies will gum whatever’s in gnawing distance, including rattles, their hands, your nipples if you’re breastfeeding (though if that happens you should take him off the breast and offer a cold washcloth or other form of comfort), your fingers, crib gates and stroller guards.

5. Crying or whining

Some babies breeze through teething without complaint. Others suffer from a good deal of pain due to the inflammation of tender gum tissue — which they feel compelled to share with you in the form of whining or crying.  

First teeth usually hurt the most (as do molars, because they’re bigger). Fortunately, most babies eventually get used to what teething feels like and aren’t quite so bothered later on. 

6. Irritability

Your baby’s mouth will ache as that little tooth presses on the gums and pokes up to the surface. Not surprisingly, it’ll probably make him feel out of sorts.

Some babies may be irritable for just a few hours, but others can stay fussy for days or weeks.

7. Refusing to eat

Cranky babies yearn to be soothed by putting something in their mouths, whether it’s a bottle or the breast. But the suction of nursing may make a teething infant’s sore gums feel worse. 

That’s why teething babies can be fussy about feedings, and get more frustrated when neither their discomfort nor their tummies find relief. Those eating solid foods may also refuse to eat while they’re teething. 


 Night waking

As your baby’s little chompers start to emerge, his discomfort may disrupt his nighttime rest, even if he previously slept through the night. 

9. Ear pulling and cheek rubbing

Babies whose teeth are coming in may tug furiously at their ears or rub their cheeks or chins. An ache in the gums (especially from erupting molars) can be felt elsewhere, since gums, ears and cheeks share nerve pathways.

Keep in mind that ear pulling is also a sign baby’s tired and a symptom of an ear infection, so try to determine what’s behind it.

10. Gum hematoma

Notice a bluish lump under your baby’s gums? It may be a gum hematoma, or blood that’s trapped under the gums due to a tooth’s eruption, and it’s no cause for concern.

A cold compress or washcloth on the gums can relieve the pain and may help the hematoma heal faster. If the hematoma keeps growing, see your pediatric dentist.

Signs of teething can vary widely from baby to baby, although you can probably expect to see at least some (and maybe many) symptoms. Hang in there!

What order do baby teeth come in?

While it’s hard to know exactly when they’ll arrive, the order baby teeth come in is more predictable. Most commonly, baby teeth arrive in the center first and move outward in the following pattern:

  • Central incisors (two in the center of the mouth; usually the bottom pair first followed by the top pair)
  • Lateral incisors (the next spot over from the middle) 
  • First molars (those closest to the opening of your baby’s mouth)
  • Canines (on either side of the lateral incisors) 
  • Second molars (in the very back)

How do you soothe a teething baby?

You can help alleviate your baby’s teething discomfort with these parent-tested teething remedies:

1. Teething toys 

Teething babies love to chew, and for good reason: The gumming action provides counter-pressure, which relieves the aching as teeth push up and into the mouth.  

Teething relief products, including bumpy rubber teething toys, your clean finger or a soft, wet toothbrush (without toothpaste) rubbed firmly on baby’s gums, can provide soothing counter-pressure.

Your baby may balk at first because it hurts initially, but it’s often the best natural remedy for teething pain and soon brings relief.

2. Cold temperatures

Applying cold to your baby’s inflamed and sore gums can help relieve the pain of teething. Try: 

  • Refrigerated toys. Chewing is even more effective when the object is cold and numbs the gums. Keep a supply of teething toys or wet washcloths in the fridge. Do not keep teething rings and cloths for baby to chew on in the freezer. 
  • Cold drinks. A bottle of cold water can provide chilly relief to achy gums for babies over 6 months old, when water can be introduced. If your baby doesn’t accept the bottle, you can try offering him chilled, ice-free water in a cup.
  • Cold food. Refrigerated treats such as yogurt, blended peaches and applesauce (once these foods are introduced) can be more appetizing than room-temperature snacks. Or give pureed frozen fruits like raspberries and plums in a baby feeder mesh bag, so large chunks of food can’t pose a choking risk, but only under adult supervision and with your baby seated upright. Avoid having the child suck on cold food throughout the day for relief, however, because it can weaken the enamel on the erupting teeth, which can lead to cavities later.

3. Pain relievers 

If chewing, rubbing and sucking chilled foods aren’t doing the trick, and especially if teething is keeping your baby up at night, talk to your pediatrician. You’ll likely get the okay to break out the baby acetaminophen (if baby is over 2 months) or ibuprofen (for babies over 6 months). Be sure to follow the dosing instructions exactly.

Keep in mind that comfort in the form of extra snuggles, kisses and lots of patience are what a teething baby craves.

What teething remedies should you avoid?

While you may be ready to accept any relief for your baby’s teething pain, there are a few teething remedies that simply aren’t safe and you should avoid:

  • Numbing agents. Never use rubbing alcohol, benzocaine or lidocaine on your baby’s gums. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against using topical numbing agents, which can put children under age 2 at risk for reduced oxygen levels in the blood. 
  • Over-the-counter teething gels. The FDA says parents should avoid any OTC teething remedies, including herbal or homeopathic teething gels, since they haven’t been proven to work. Some may contain an ingredient called belladonna that can cause difficulty breathing and seizures.
  • Amber teething necklaces. There’s no medical evidence to suggest that amber teething necklaces work. Most pediatricians advise against them, in large part because they can pose a choking or strangulation hazard.

How do you soothe a teething baby at night?

Teething is a common cause of sleep regression in babies. If your formerly perfect sleeper seems to be waking during the night due to teething pain, give him a few minutes before offering comfort to see if he can settle himself back to sleep.

If he’s still restless, soothe him with a few gentle pats and an “it’s okay” before quietly making your exit. If that doesn’t work, try one of the teething remedies listed above. 

Since babies are often quick to start or restart a night-waking habit, a few nights of waking due to teething pain can encourage them to continue waking even after the discomfort ends.

To break that cycle before it starts, try to make comfort brief and not too habit-forming. That means avoiding a return to overnight feedings (which will come back to haunt you when this phase has passed).

If the pain seems to really bother your little one, talk to your child’s pediatrician about offering a dose of baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen before he goes to bed. Also check to see if there are any other signs of illness (ear infections, for example, tend to get worse at night).

When to call the doctor about teething

Doctors are usually hesitant to link fever and diarrhea in babies to teething. But many parents swear their little ones’ loose stools and low-grade fevers (under 101 degrees Fahrenheit) are triggered by an arriving tooth. 

In theory, it might be possible. The excess saliva your baby swallows may irritate the stomach, causing loose stools. And inflammation anywhere in the body can slightly raise body temperature.

But these symptoms are more likely to be caused by a virus or an infection, since teeth tend to arrive around the time a baby’s acquired immunity from Mom begins to wane. 

It’s time to let your doctor know about your baby’s fever if your baby has a low-grade temperature for more than three days or if the fever is higher or accompanied by other troublesome symptoms.

Also report any liquidy, runny stool if it lasts for more than two bowel movements, or if your baby refuses to feed for more than a few days.

Keep in mind that like teething babies, babies with ear infections will yank on their ears. Check with your pediatrician if you suspect your little one may be bothered by more than just teething, and if he has a fever, seems especially irritated when he’s lying down or chewing, or has pus or crustiness around his ears. 

What milestones will the baby hit next?

Teething usually begins close to the start of some other pretty big baby milestones. Around the time your child’s first tooth erupts, you’ll likely be ready to start him on solids.

In a few months, your baby’s fine motor skills will develop, which means he’ll soon be able to pick up and chew finger foods all on his own!

Teething Signs and Symptoms – American Dental Association

It’s not hard to tell when your baby starts teething. He or she may irritable during the day and sleepless at night. (And you might be too!) Here’s what to expect and how to keep your baby comfortable.

When Does Teething Start?

Your baby was born with all 20 primary teeth below their gumline. They typically start to come through between 6 and 12 months. Children usually have their full set of baby teeth in place by age 3.

Teething Symptoms

What’s normal?
  • Fussiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling more than usual
What’s not normal?

If your baby has any of these symptoms while teething and continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your pediatrician.

How to Soothe a Teething Baby

Your child may have sore or tender gums when teeth begin to erupt. Gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad can be soothing. A clean teether for your child to chew on may also help. Look for teethers made of solid rubber, and avoid liquid-filled teething rings or plastic objects that could break. 

Also, be aware of what the teethers you choose for your child are made from. Just because something is marketed as a teether doesn’t always mean it’s safe. In a September 2017 report, the Center for Disease Control published a case reporter of an infant who suffered lead poisoning after chewing on a bracelet. The bracelet, which the child’s parents said was a homeopathic magnetic hematite health bracelet intended to help ease the child’s discomfort from teething, had metal beads which contained lead. 

Are Numbing Gels or Teething Tablets Safe For My Baby?

The Food and Drug Administration recommends that parents and caregivers not use benzocaine products for children younger than 2. “We are also warning that benzocaine oral drug products should only be used in adults and children 2 years and older if they contain certain warnings on the drug label,” the FDA said in a May 2018 statement. “These products carry serious risks and provide little to no benefits for treating oral pain, including sore gums in infants due to teething.” Benzocaine is an over-the-counter anesthetic, which the FDA notes are usually under the product names Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel and Orabase. Benzocaine has been associated with a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.

The FDA also urges parents not to use – and dispose of homeopathic teething tablets – after lab testing found “inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label.”

“The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or effectiveness, and the agency says it is unaware of any proven health benefit of the products.

“Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels,” the FDA states.

If you have any questions about how to relieve your child’s teething symptoms, talk to your dentist or pediatrician.

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When Do Babies Start Teething?

When babies start teething, it can be an exciting milestone. Those first teeth are not only adorable, they will eventually help your baby chew foods and speak clearly. Unfortunately, it’s often an uncomfortable process when babies start getting teeth. To make matters worse, the teething process is different for every baby and it is not always easy to tell when babies start cutting teeth.

If your child is one of those lucky babies who goes through the teething process without much discomfort, you typically do not need to worry much about when your baby starts getting his or her teeth. Just make sure to be vigilant so you can begin brushing your baby’s teeth daily as soon as that first tooth does emerge.

If your child experiences significant discomfort when he or she starts cutting teeth, try the below techniques for relieving teething pain. If the discomfort persists and those techniques do not appear to help, it is a good idea to speak with a pediatric dentist or your child’s pediatrician to make sure teething is truly the cause of the discomfort.

When Do Babies Start Teething?

It really varies in terms of when babies start getting teeth; there is no one “normal” age at which the first tooth emerges. Some babies are born with teeth while others don’t see a single tooth until after their first birthday.

That said, many children get their first tooth between ages six and ten months. Typically, the lower central incisors (the two front teeth on the bottom) are the first to erupt (i.e., break through the gums). Most children will have their full set of primary teeth by age three.

What Are Signs of Teething?

Given the wide variability in when babies start getting teeth, how can parents tell if their babies are teething? The truth is that it can sometimes be difficult to know for sure.

Classic signs of teething include:

  • increased drooling,
  • increased desire to chew or bite on objects,
  • irritability/fussiness,
  • difficulty sleeping,
  • refusing to eat,
  • sore or tender gums, and
  • rubbing the cheeks and/or gums.

Some of these symptoms of teething in infants are easily confused with normal parts of early childhood development that are unrelated to teething. For example, “mouthing” – that is, babies sticking objects inside their mouths – is a natural way for babies to explore and learn about the objects around them, but can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from a desire to chew on objects to relieve teething pain.

Others of these teething symptoms, such as irritability and refusal to eat, could be signs of potentially serious medical issues wholly unrelated to teething. If your child experiences persistent discomfort and none of the techniques described below provides relief, or if you otherwise feel concerned, it is a good idea to check in with your child’s pediatrician.

Keep in mind that, although fever and diarrhea have sometimes been anecdotally reported as signs of teething, the American Dental Association does not consider them to be normal teething symptoms. If your child is experiencing diarrhea or a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you should contact your child’s pediatrician.

How Can I Relieve My Baby’s Teething Pain?

Counterpressure is one of the best ways to relieve the soreness caused by the soon-to-emerge teeth pressing against your child’s gums. Try gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger or allowing your child to chew on a dry washcloth or teething toy (preferably one made from solid rubber or food-grade silicone). You can also try chilling the washcloth or teether before giving it to your baby, as cold temperatures are another good way to provide relief for sore gums.

What Teething Pain Remedies Should I Avoid?

We strongly discourage the following teething pain remedies:

  • Homeopathic teething tablets. The FDA has warned consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna, such as those marketed by CVS and Hyldand’s Inc., pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children. Belladonna, also known as Deadly Nightshade, is a toxic plant. It can cause symptoms such as fast heart rate, seizures, difficulty breathing, agitation, disorientation, and hallucinations.
  • Teething gels and creams containing benzocaine or lidocaine. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic used in teething creams and gels such as Orajel. The FDA has urged parents not to use topical teething medications containing Benzocaine because of the risk of methemoglobinemia, a serious – and potentially fatal – condition that affects the blood cells. Lidocaine viscous is a prescription local anesthetic used to numb the mouth and throat. The accidental ingestion of too much lidocaine by infants or young children can result in seizures, severe brain injury, heart problems and death. As a result, the FDA has warned that viscous lidocaine should not be used to treat infants or children with teething pain.
  • Liquid-filled teething rings. These teething rings may break open and release liquid into your child’s mouth. Exactly how harmful this is depends on a number of factors, including what type of liquid the manufacturer used to fill the ring and whether the liquid is contaminated with any bacteria. We recommend avoiding the risk altogether by sticking to teething rings made of solid rubber or food-grade silicone.
  • Teething necklaces and bracelets. The FDA has warned that teething jewelry poses serious risks, including choking, strangulation, mouth injuries and infection.
  • Teething biscuits. Teething biscuits typically contain sugar or other fermentable carbohydrates (sugary or starchy foods that break down into sugars inside the mouth), which can lead to cavities.

When Should I Take My Child to a Pediatric Dentist?

As soon as babies start getting teeth, they can start getting cavities. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to see a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth emerges or by your child’s first birthday (whichever is first). It is also extremely important to begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they emerge.

Why Should I Choose Hurst Pediatric Dentistry?

Dr. Lin is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has lots of experience working with babies and helping to make their first dental checkups a pleasant experience. When your baby starts teething, Dr. Lin can clean and examine your baby’s tooth (or teeth) and demonstrate proper brushing technique to help keep your baby’s teeth healthy and free of cavities. He can also discuss strategies for alleviating teething pain and discomfort. Contact us today at (817) 510-6400 to schedule your baby’s first dental checkup.

Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is located in Hurst, TX, and provides teething advice and dental checkups for babies in DFW.

This article is intended to provide general information about oral health topics. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition or as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional who is fully aware of and familiar with the specifics of your case. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with regard to any questions you may have relating to a medical condition or treatment.

When Do Babies Get Their First Tooth?

The timing of when your baby’s first tooth comes in can vary quite a bit. When your baby becomes a little fussy, drooling often and wanting to chew on things, your little one might be teething. But while those behaviors can be signs and symptoms of teething, they can very often occur without teething at around three to four months.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “By age three or four months, infants are drooling and chewing on the things they put into their mouths. This is how they learn about the world around them.”

First-time parents might also be fooled if they see tiny white or whitish-yellow dots on their baby’s gums. Often mistaken for the first tooth, these are often instead gingival cysts. They can occur on the roof of an infant’s mouth, where they are called Epstein’s Pearls, and on the gums, where they are called Bohn’s nodules. They eventually go away without treatment.

Baby’s First Tooth

The average age for the first baby tooth is six months, but some infants don’t get their first tooth until they are 14 or 15 months old. Others can begin teething and get an early baby tooth at three months old.

Some babies can even be born with a tooth, called a natal tooth. These teeth often have to be removed, because they can interfere with feeding and the development of healthy teeth and gums.

When the teeth are ready to erupt, the lower, middle two teeth (central incisors) usually come in first, followed by the upper, middle two teeth. Some babies, however, don’t follow this typical order or pattern and their teeth may come in randomly.

The timing of teething runs in the family. So if you or your parents teethed earlier or later, your own baby is likely to follow suit.

After the lower and upper middle two teeth, the lateral incisors, canine teeth, first, and then second molars all follow. Ultimately, your baby will get all 20 baby teeth (also called primary teeth) by the time they are about two to three years old.

You can then expect your child to start to lose their first baby tooth when they are about six years old. They will quickly start to get the first of their 32 permanent teeth at about the same time, although the last of the permanent teeth (the wisdom teeth) may not erupt until the high-school years.

Care for Baby Teeth

While you should be wiping your baby’s gums even before they get their first tooth, you can start to brush their teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste once the teeth erupt. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first visit to a pediatric dentist within six months of getting the first tooth, or by the time your baby is 12 months old.

Proper oral hygiene translates to reduced risk for cavities, infection, or other oral health problems. These can make the normal challenges of teething progress that much more painfully, which will be uncomfortable for both your baby and you.

How Long Does Teething Last for Babies?

While the medical community defines teething (or odontiasis) as, “the process by which an infant’s teeth erupt, or breakthrough, the gums,” most parents are more concerned with how it affects our little ones on a day to day basis. While we can’t fully predict how babies will react to getting their first tooth, we can learn about baby teething symptoms, how to soothe a teething baby, and all about the teething process itself. Overall, the more that we know about teething, the better we can help our little ones get through it.

Teething Time Frame

One of the most common questions parents ask is, “How long does teething last for babies?” To answer this, it is helpful to know both the time frame and timeline in which teething occurs. In general, teething is an ongoing process that occurs between 6 and 24 months of age. While your little one has twenty teeth that will begin to appear over a period of two years, teething fortunately only causes pain and irritation around the time that your baby’s tooth is about to break through the gum. There is no exact amount of time that has been identified for how long it takes for a tooth to cut through, but most professionals have estimated that it can emerge anytime between 1-7 days per tooth. However, teething symptoms typically only last a few days, so if baby is experiencing discomfort for an extended period of time, it is safe to assume it is not from teething.

Teething Timeline

Most babies begin to teethe between 4 and 7 months of age, but this can take place earlier or later. As a general guide, your little one’s teeth will most likely emerge within the following timeline windows:

4 to 7 months

During this time, the teething process begins. The first teeth to erupt are typically the lower central incisors, which are the two middle teeth on the bottom. Children are also becoming more mobile. They usually begin to grasp and pull objects toward their body, sit without support, transfer items from one hand to the other, and may even begin to crawl. It is important to keep an eye on the small objects within your baby’s reach, as they will want to put everything in their mouths during teething!

8 to 16 months

Between 8 and 12 months, your baby’s upper central incisors, or the upper middle teeth, will appear. Additionally, sometime between 9 and 16 months, their top and bottom teeth right next to the middle teeth will emerge (these are called the lower and upper lateral incisors). In addition to teething, it is important to recognize that other significant milestones of gross motor skills are reached during this developmental window. Most babies are able to pull themselves to a seated position, stand without assistance, take their first steps, pick up and throw objects, roll a ball, and grasp objects between their thumb and one finger.

13 to 23 months

Typically, between 13 and 19 months of age, your little one’s first molars will appear at the bottom and the top around the same time. Shortly after, their canine teeth (the sharp, pointed ones) will most likely emerge on both the top and bottom rows, sometime between 16 and 23 months.

23 to 31 months

During the final stage of teething, a toddler’s very back teeth, or second molars, appear on the bottom row. While most teething symptoms present themselves similarly among both toddlers and babies, there are some differences as your child grows older. Primarily, your toddler may now be able to tell you about their discomfort and pain, unlike nonverbal infants. On the other hand, many toddlers won’t demonstrate any signs of discomfort and won’t complain of pain at all when their molars come in. For other little ones, the pain may be substantially worse because their first molars are bigger compared to their other teeth. They may even complain of headaches or jaw pain!

Toys That Can Help

Teething toys can offer immense relief for baby teething symptoms, while simultaneously keeping them occupied with playtime. Because teething babies are always on the lookout for something they can chew, teething toys are specifically designed to soothe baby’s gums and offer temporary teething relief.  

Our Spinning Rattle Teether™ is just as functional as it is cute! This rattle’s textured pedals are perfect for teething and fun for your baby to play with. Your baby can also easily hold this rattle and teether, making this toy a great choice for on-the-go teething relief.

Another great teething toy option is anything from our Squeeze & Teethe collection. With an array of different animal pals to choose from, these natural rubber teethers will quickly become your little one’s best friend. Your baby will love how bendable and soft they are, and the cute sound they make when squeezed.

Wrapping Up

There really is no way to gauge exactly how long teething lasts, but fortunately, no matter the age or stage of teething your child is in, there are multiple ways that you can help soothe them and bring relief. One of the best ways that you can help your baby or toddler is by providing a variety of fun and engaging teething toys for babies!

When Do Baby’s Teeth Come In?

Your baby’s gummy smile and handful of baby teeth don’t just look adorable. Their baby teeth also play an essential role in your child’s oral and overall health, helping them to eat, speak, and eventually guiding their adult teeth into the right spot in their mouth. Ensuring that your baby’s oral health gets off to the right start is an essential part of protecting their long-term health, so it’s important to know what to expect as your child begins teething—especially since the thinner layer of protective enamel on baby teeth makes them more vulnerable to decay than adult teeth. To help you take the best possible care of your little one, we’ve answered 10 common questions about the teething process and early oral hygiene.

1. What are the symptoms of teething?

Teething comes with a range of symptoms that vary in severity based on the individual child; some children are very uncomfortable when they first start teething, while others hardly seem to notice it. Despite this, you’ll likely notice at least a few of these common symptoms:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Chewing or gnawing on hard objects
  • Decreased appetite
  • Wanting to nurse more often
  • Disturbed sleeping patterns
  • A slightly raised temperature (but not a fever)
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Tender gums

2. What can I do about teething discomfort?

There are several ways you can help relieve the discomfort that teething can cause your child. Light pressure on your little one’s gums can actually help them feel better—this is why teething babies tend to chew on hard objects so much. Letting your child chew on a cool, damp washcloth or sticking a teething ring in the freezer for a few minutes to get it cool can help your baby’s gums feel a lot better while ensuring they’re chewing on something safe.

Avoid teething necklaces or only allow your child to use them with direct supervision, as they can be a choking or strangling hazard. You can also gently massage your child’s gums with clean fingers or a damp piece of gauze. If your child seems particularly uncomfortable, you can talk to your pediatrician about using a safe dose of baby Tylenol or a similar type of over-the-counter pain medication designed for infants.

3. Does my baby have a fever just because of teething?

While it’s normal for teething to cause a slight rise in your baby’s body temperature, it shouldn’t cause your baby to develop a true fever. If your baby has a temperature of 101°F or higher, you should call your pediatrician immediately, as they may have an infection or virus.

4. When will my baby start teething?

Although every child develops at a slightly different rate, your little one should start teething at around 6to 10 months old. Due to factors like genetics or nutrition, some babies begin teething much earlier than this while others teeth later, so don’t be too concerned if your child doesn’t start teething at exactly 6 months.

5. Which teeth come in first?

The lower incisors, or lower front teeth, are usually the first teeth to erupt, appearing when your child is between 6 and 10 months old. As you can see on our baby teething chart, the front incisors usually erupt at 8 to 12 months, so some children actually begin getting their upper front teeth first. If you’d like to learn more about the order you can expect your child’s teeth to come in, including when they’ll be getting their first molars, you can check out the baby teeth chart we’ve made for you!

6. Can I continue breastfeeding after my baby starts teething?

The world’s major health organizations, including the World Health Organization, agree that it’s best to breastfeed your child for at least a year whenever possible, though you should slowly introduce solid foods at around 6 months. While breastfeeding during the teething process does carry a few challenges, it’s certainly possible to continue breastfeeding your little one while they’re teething.

If you’re worried that your baby will bite down on your nipple during their feeding, there are several ways you can reduce this likelihood. You can give your baby something to chew on before and after feedings, massage their gums right before feedings, or change breastfeeding positions. If they do bite down, pulling them away and saying, “Ow!” usually teaches them that they shouldn’t. On the other hand, if you’re having trouble getting your teething baby to breastfeed, you can try pumping your breast milk and giving it to them in a bottle or cup; this will keep up your supply of milk and it might be more comfortable for your baby.

7. When will my baby stop teething?

Most children finish teething by the time they’re 3 years old, but once again, every child is different. Their last pair of molars can come in between the ages of 23 and 31 months, so your child could finish teething as early as 2 years old.

8. How many teeth will my baby have?

When your baby is done teething, they’ll have a total of 20 baby teeth—fewer teeth than an adult has, but the perfect number to fit in their small jaws. These teeth include eight molars, four canine teeth, four lateral incisors, and four central incisors.

9. How do I care for my baby’s new teeth?

You should start brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day with a rice-sized dab of fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled baby toothbrush as soon as their first tooth erupts. Even before this, you should wipe their gums down with a wet washcloth or gauze once or twice a day, as this gets them used to the routine early on and keeps plaque from building up on their gums and attacking their teeth as they begin to erupt. You should also start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth close enough together to floss between, since flossing is the only way to clean the sides of their teeth and remove plaque from the gum line.

10. Why is it so important to take my child to see the dentist so soon?

Ideally, your child should go to their first dental appointment as soon as possible after their first tooth erupts, but no later than a year old. When you’re Googling “pediatric dentist near me” in an attempt to find your child the best possible dentist, you might wonder why they really need to see the dentist when they still have so few teeth. The answer is that baby teeth are much more vulnerable to decay than adult teeth are, as their thin layer of enamel means that decay can take hold and spread faster.

Your child’s dentist will also take the opportunity to ensure your baby’s teeth are developing normally, check that they’re getting enough fluoride, and can answer any of your questions about your child’s oral health or give you advice about how to care for their teeth at home. Even seemingly simple advice can make a huge difference in your child’s oral health or help their routine become easier or more enjoyable.

Your child’s teeth and jaws change a lot in just a few years, but you don’t have to face these changes or new challenges alone. If you have any questions about our baby teething chart, how to handle the teething process, or the best ways to care for their oral hygiene, feel free to call our office at any time. Together, we can ensure that your little one’s teeth come in—and stay—strong and healthy.

90,000 Teething in children, what you need to know

All parents know that teething is a difficult period in the life of every child, because he does not sleep well, is capricious and tries to gnaw everything that he can reach. But the most dangerous thing is that at this time the baby is vulnerable to many infections. We will talk about how teeth should normally be cut, why the baby’s body cannot cope with the infection, and what symptoms say that it is time to go to the doctor.

How teeth are cut

Teething is a complex process, because at this time tissues are formed, the roots of the teeth grow, the gums are rebuilt.Moreover, the teeth begin to form during pregnancy, starting at 6 weeks. At about the same time, calcium begins to be deposited in the tissues of future teeth.

Next comes the most interesting thing – teething. It is considered normal for teeth to begin to cut from 4 to 7 months. But each organism is unique, so everyone’s teeth are cut differently. It depends on many things, for example:

– From genetics. Often the age at which a child’s teeth began to cut depends on when his relatives began to cut teeth – mom, dad, grandfathers and grandmothers.

– From power supply. If your baby lacks vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C or calcium, teeth will begin to cut later.

– From the course of pregnancy. If there was fetal toxicosis during pregnancy, this will also slow down the appearance of teeth.

And normally teeth are cut in pairs, that is, the lower central incisors appear first, then the upper central incisors, the upper lateral incisors – the lower lateral incisors, the upper first molars – the lower first molars, etc. But even if the order is violated, this does not always mean any disease or serious violation.

When to sound the alarm

In those places where teeth are erupted, many biologically active substances are released, for example, histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandins, etc. These are exactly what causes the symptoms that every parent is familiar with:

– Temperature rise. Normally, during teething, the temperature should be subfebrile, that is, no more than 38 degrees;

– Swelling, pain and redness of the gums.

There is a normal child’s reaction to teething.As a rule, the baby refuses to eat, but at the same time pulls toys into his mouth to chew on them. Due to the fact that the child is constantly gnawing something, the nerves of the gums are irritated and a lot of saliva is released, and since the child does not yet know how to control saliva, it flows out of the mouth. Also, the child becomes more excitable than usual – sleeps less, is constantly naughty, becomes irritable.

Life hack: to help your child and relieve pain in the teeth, buy a special teether toy.This toy can be filled with water and placed in the refrigerator. When the baby chews on it, the toy will cool the inflamed gums and thereby partially relieve the pain.

But there are symptoms that parents often confuse with a normal reaction to the appearance of teeth:

– Indigestion – diarrhea, vomiting, loose stools;

– Temperature above 38-39 degrees, which does not subside for several days;

– Cough, rash, edema.

These symptoms indicate that there is an infection in the child’s body that needs to be treated.

Why is the child so vulnerable to disease

When a child chews on something, microtrauma and cracks appear on the gums. The mucous membrane, like other gum tissue, has not yet formed, so infections easily enter the body through these lesions. And since at the age of the appearance of the first teeth – from 4 to 7 months, the passive immunity received from the mother is gradually lost, and its own immunity is just beginning to be developed, the body cannot cope with the infection.

What if my baby has extraneous symptoms?

The only correct option is to consult a pediatrician. The doctor will examine the baby and prescribe tests to prescribe the correct treatment. The doctor will also assess whether the teeth are teething correctly and give useful advice for your child.

Make an appointment with a pediatrician in the city of Sochi by phone 8 (862) 555-27-03, or leave a request on this website.

Useful links on the topic:

Video on this topic with our pediatrician – Gryzunova Svetlana Valentinovna.

Red flags for ARVI

Great Cough Memo

First teeth – articles from the specialists of the clinic “Mother and Child”

When to wait

Milk teeth of a future baby are laid at the 7-8th week of fetal development, and permanent ones – at the end of the 4th month of pregnancy. In total, the baby’s milk teeth are laid 20, while the permanent ones are 32. To provide the baby with a Hollywood smile, the expectant mother needs to eat right throughout the nine months of pregnancy.There are no calcium preparations that are 100% assimilated, so it is very important to draw “natural” calcium from food, especially cottage cheese. And, of course, the most pregnant woman needs to have all her teeth cured – now there are very gentle technologies for this.

The eruption of the first milk teeth in most cases begins at the 3rd to 8th month of a baby’s life and ends closer to three years of age. But it also happens that children are born with one or two teeth, or the teeth can erupt in the first weeks of life.Often the timing of teething depends on genetic characteristics, but much more on other factors. Influence on teeth and diseases of crumbs (for example, with rickets, frequent acute respiratory viral infections and dyspepsia, teeth erupt later). It is worth paying attention to the nature of the diet, the quality of drinking water, even the climate! In northern residents, teeth erupt on average a little later than in southerners. Sometimes teething is delayed, and the first tooth appears closer to the year. Usually there is nothing wrong with that. It is believed that not so much the timing as the order of teething speaks about the health of the child.If it is violated, pay attention to this fact and show the baby to the pediatric dentist.

Process started

The fact that the eruption process has begun is indicated by profuse salivation. In addition, the baby begins to pull into his mouth everything that only he can find under his arm. This means that the gums itch, causing discomfort. Trying to relieve the itching, the baby instinctively acts correctly – micromassage of the gums improves microcirculation in them, teeth erupt easier and faster.During this period, provide the baby with teethers: hypoallergenic silicone toys filled with water. Do not refrigerate the teether in the freezer – only in the refrigerator: otherwise, the crumb will get hurt on a hard surface. If the gums are very swollen, and the baby is crying in pain, use special dental gels that have a mild local anesthetic effect.

For most children, the process of teething is quite calm. Short periods of anxiety, disturbances in the daily routine and eating habits are possible.Sometimes even teething is accompanied by diarrhea, runny nose, cough and fever. And even during the period of the appearance of teeth, the baby is vulnerable to all kinds of infections. The crumbs’ immunity decreases these days, and it “picks up” the virus more easily, so you shouldn’t blame the deterioration of the condition only on the teeth. If a child’s temperature rises when a tooth is cut, it is necessary to look for another inflammatory focus in the body.

At 6 months the baby usually boasts central lower incisors.This is an excuse to start brushing your teeth. Why so early? Milk teeth are small and sharp, have an uneven wavy edge, stand close to each other and, as a rule, have a yellowish tint. These teeth have a low degree of mineralization. Their enamel and dentin are very thin. All this contributes to the rapid onset and spread of caries. In order to prevent it, you need to regularly brush your teeth: for this, you can use various massage brushes, which not only teach the child to hygiene, but also facilitate the teething process itself.Teeth immediately learn to clean correctly – from the gum to the edge, slightly “sweeping”, semicircular movements, and in no case horizontal. If possible, brush your teeth after each meal (and at least twice a day). There is no such possibility? Give the baby a drink – the water will wash away the food debris.

At 8 months , the upper central incisors usually erupt. At 9 months , the upper lateral incisors appear. At 11 months n the lower lateral incisors in many children are already in place! By , the baby already has eight normal teeth .But there may be none – delayed teething occurs in 25% of cases with normal psychomotor development of the child. In extremely rare cases, the absence of teeth is associated with edentulousness – the absence of their primordia. You can check this with a pediatric dentist using the radiovisiography method. By 13–15 months , the upper first molars appear first, and then the lower ones.

From a year old, a baby can brush his teeth with a baby toothpaste and a special baby brush. The service life of the brush is no more than 2 months, even if it looks like new.Many toddlers swallow delicious pasta. You should not be afraid of this if it is a child’s and its quantity is not more than a pea. Of course, until 2–2.5 years of age, brushing your teeth should take place with the help, and then under the watchful supervision of your mother.

At 18 months canine teeth erupt. Usually these teeth cause more problems than others, their eruption is more painful, and this process is often accompanied by malaise. At 20 months the second molars erupt. And sometimes, already at this age, the mother can notice the first problems.Doctors reassure: carious milk teeth are not a reason to worry that permanent ones will also be bad. As practice shows, there is no pattern here. Of course, if parents do not neglect disease prevention and dental hygiene. At 2.5 years old, the baby normally has a full set of milk teeth. There are 20 of them – 10 on each jaw .

Milk teeth do not live long – soon they will begin to fall out and permanent ones will appear in their place. Usually, the change of teeth begins at about 5-6 years old and lasts until 20, when the wisdom teeth erupt.

Starting from 6 months, twice a year, it is imperative to come for a routine examination. When this becomes a habit, the baby will not be afraid of doctors, and by the age of 7–8 (when a visit to the clinic can no longer be avoided) he will be completely calm in the dental chair

In order for the baby’s teeth to grow strong and healthy, you need to start taking care of them almost before conception. And it’s better to get acquainted with the dentist early

Terms of teething and loss of milk teeth

Upper teeth

Tooth name

Teething time

Teething order

Duration of loss

Central incisor

8 months – 1 year


6-7 years

Lateral cutter

9 months – 1 year 2 months


7-8 years


1 year 3 months – 1 year 10 months


10-12 years

First molar

1 year – 1 year 6 months


9-11 years

Second molar

2 years – 2 years 8 months


10-12 years

Lower teeth

Central incisor

6 months -10 months


6-7 years

Lateral cutter

10 months -1 year 4 months


7-8 years


1 year 4 months – 2 years


9-12 years

First molar

1 year 2 months – 1 year 7 months


9-11 years

Second molar

1 year 10 months – 2 years 8 months


10-12 years

90,000 Timing of teething – Articles

Author: Marbery Gedrean

| Checked by: Shteba Victoria Petrovna

| Last revised: 18 October 2020.

Most parents are very concerned about how the teething (and gum) process affects babies in everyday life. Although we cannot fully predict exactly how each baby will react to their first tooth. However, we can learn about the symptoms of teething and how to calm your child during this difficult time. In general, the more we know about teething, the better we can help our babies get through it. Let’s figure it out.

Teething time frame

One of the most common questions parents ask is, “How long does teething take in babies?”It is useful to know both the time frame for the appearance of the first tooth and the time frame in which all teeth erupt. In general, teething is an ongoing process that occurs between the ages of 6 and 24 months. Although your little one will have twenty deciduous teeth that will appear within two years, teething fortunately only causes pain and irritation when the tooth is about to break through the gum. It is not known exactly how long it will take for a tooth to fully erupt, but on average, experts say it can erupt within 1-7 days per tooth.However, teething symptoms usually only last a couple of days, so if a child experiences discomfort for an extended period of time, it is safe to assume that it is not teething.

Chronology of teething

Most babies have their first teeth erupting between 6 and 7 months of age, but this may happen sooner or later. Typically, your toddler’s teeth are likely to appear in the following timeline windows:

6-7 months

During this time, the process of eruption of the first teeth begins.The first teeth to erupt are usually the lower central incisors, which are the two middle teeth at the bottom. Children at this age become more active. They begin to grab and pull objects towards them, transfer objects from one hand to another, and may even begin to crawl. It is important to keep an eye on small objects within your child’s reach, as he will want to put everything in his mouth while teething!

8 to 13 months

Between 8 and 12 months, your baby will have upper central incisors.Also, sometime between 9 and 13 months, they will have upper and lower teeth next to their upper central incisors (these are called lower and upper lateral incisors). In addition to teething, it is important to understand that other important milestones in gross motor development are reached during this developmental window. Most babies are able to sit up, stand up unaided, take their first steps, pick up and throw objects, roll a ball, and grab objects.

13 to 20 months

Typically, between the ages of 13 and 16 months, your baby’s first molars appear at the bottom and top at about the same time.Shortly thereafter, their canines will appear in both the upper and lower rows, between about 16 and 20 months.

From 20 to 30 months

At the final stage of teething, the baby’s back teeth or second molars appear in the bottom row. Although most teething symptoms appear the same in both toddlers and infants, there are some differences as your child gets older. First of all, your little one can now tell you about their discomfort and pain, unlike non-verbal babies.On the other hand, many toddlers will not show any signs of discomfort and will not complain at all of pain when passing molars. For other babies, the pain can be significantly worse because their first molars are larger than their other molars. They may even complain of headache or jaw pain!

Toys that can help

Teething toys – teething toys that help to significantly alleviate the symptoms of teething in children, while keeping them busy while playing.Because teething babies are always looking for something to chew on, teething toys are specifically designed to soothe gums and temporarily ease teething.

“6 months? But my 3 month old baby is teething now! ”

In some babies, teeth start to erupt early at 6 months – and these are usually little things that you don’t need to worry about!

Many babies begin to drool more often and explore their world by bringing their hand to their mouth to chew at about 3-4 months.This is completely normal and is often accompanied by teething after a while.

If you suspect that your little lump of joy, which may be significantly less joyful during bouts of gum pain – teething, look for symptoms such as:

  • drooling, the surest sign;
  • moodiness is, unfortunately, also a frequent indicator of common childhood anxieties;
  • slight rise in temperature approx. 37.2 – 38 ° C.

The bottom two teeth usually appear first, so keep an eye on this area and be prepared for over-attractiveness when they appear.

When your baby has her first teeth, you can use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also wipe your baby’s gums daily with a clean, damp cloth.

Remember that your child’s pediatrician is your ally! Let him know about your child’s teeth at your next appointment. The doctor can make sure everything is in order and, if necessary, recommend a visit to the pediatric dentist.

It’s actually impossible to tell exactly how long a teething lasts, but fortunately, regardless of your child’s age or teething stage, one of the best ways to help your little one is to provide a variety of fun and engaging teething toys.

90,000 How do babies’ teeth grow?

A charming baby’s first smile, then the eruption of the first tooth, the replacement of milk ones with permanent ones – all these are integral stages of growing up, so exciting and memorable for parents.In some children, such processes are painless, without causing any complications. However, in most cases, the appearance of the first incisors, canines and molars becomes the cause of poor health in babies. All moms and dads want to know as much as possible about this important stage in a child’s development. As the saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed.”

1. The first tooth.

At about six months of age, infants can notice the eruption of the lower incisor.Sometimes there is an early appearance – about three months, or, conversely, the baby is in no hurry to become a “nibbler”. The eruption can take up to 16 months. This shouldn’t scare the parents. You should not torment yourself with the question of why the child does not grow teeth. Their eruption later than the average standard specified in the books on pediatrics is not at all a deviation. Timing may vary. Here genetics, the general condition of the body and many different factors play a role.

Teething scheme

Equally important questions that often bother young mothers are how babies’ teeth grow and how long does it take before the tooth completely appears above the gum surface?

Here, too, it is impossible to answer unequivocally.Sometimes it takes one or two weeks, and sometimes this process takes a whole month. The main signs, in order not to miss this important moment, you need to know well how milk teeth grow in children.

The main signs of a penetrating incisor are increased salivation, swelling of the gums. At the same time, the child becomes whiny, capricious, does not sleep well, and loses his appetite. As a rule, pediatricians, when asked “what time the teeth begin to grow in children”, call the approximate age – about 6 months.However, the first tooth in many babies can appear at four months, and after six months. After the lower ones, the upper incisors appear. Nevertheless, eruption is almost always, no matter how many months the child is, accompanied by painful sensations. Discomfort and itching in the gums will not annoy your child much if you find all kinds of cooling gels, rubber teether toys at home. This often significantly reduces all unpleasant symptoms. Many parents often ask how a child’s teeth should grow, what manifestations are within the normal range.In this case, it is important not to miss the alarm signals and, if necessary, consult a doctor. During eruption, immunity decreases. Children during this period often get sick with ARVI. The temperature may rise. A more attentive attitude towards the child is required from the parents. It is important to notice the symptoms of a maturing ailment in time and go to the pediatrician

Every woman who is expecting a baby needs to carefully prepare for this important event. It is important for newly minted parents to study and learn a lot, including what time babies’ teeth grow, how this process proceeds, what needs to be done in such situations.

Even during the development of the fetus in the mother’s womb, the rudiments of teeth are formed in the tiny man. They are laid in the eighth – twelfth week. Later, these formations are filled with the necessary minerals. Therefore, a pregnant woman needs to monitor her diet. It is necessary to make sure that a lot of fluoride, phosphorus and calcium enter her body. Dried fruits, dairy products, fish, baked potatoes are rich in these useful elements.

You can additionally take special vitamins for expectant mothers.In this case, the baby’s milk teeth will be healthy and strong. In the process of eruption of milk teeth, the laying of permanent ones also takes place. Therefore, even after the birth of the baby, it is worth paying a lot of attention to the quality of nutrition of the mother and child. This applies to all infants. Breastfeeding gives the baby good immunity. Human milk gives the baby all the substances necessary for its growth and development, of course, provided that the young mother eats right. For babies who are bottle-fed, it is equally important that their diet is rich in vitamins and various minerals.

How teeth grow in children, a diagram that clearly shows the sequence of the appearance of incisors, canines and molars.

However, do not forget that this process may take place differently for each child. Usually, the central incisors in the bottom row appear first. This can happen at four months of age or even when the baby is already one year old. It is not always possible to accurately answer the question at what age children grow teeth.The upper incisors break through at eight or nine months, but sometimes they can be seen even at a seven-month-old toddler. The timing of the appearance of the upper lateral incisors is between eight and fourteen months of age. In the bottom row, these teeth, as a rule, erupt later – at nine months or even after a year. The first molars and canines appear in children from 13 to 19 months and from 16 to 23, respectively. Sometimes eruption begins in the upper jaw. In some cases, parents observe how the child’s upper and lower incisors erupt simultaneously.All of these options are considered valid. The order of the eruption of milk teeth does not affect their condition and health in the future. Difficulties and ways to solve them Often, the eruption of canines or molars in babies is a rather painful process. At the same time, the gums swell, itch and hurt. In most cases, the baby refuses to eat, often cries, is capricious, and does not sleep well. During teething, the baby shows anxiety.Therefore, every mother should be prepared in advance for such difficulties, to find out how to help, while the children’s teeth grow.

Some parents give their baby warm milk at night. This will allow the baby to sleep peacefully. During the day, you can distract the child with a game, use special teether toys for the gums. When the first teeth appear, babies usually want to pull everything into their mouths. Care must be taken to ensure that objects that fall into small pens are safe. The child wants to “taste everything”.

Usually, a one-year-old toddler already boasts eight teeth.These are the upper and lower anterior incisors. For some children, this moment occurs only at 14-16 months. Many parents are interested in how old the teeth grow in children. As a rule, by the age of two, 16 teeth erupt (all except the posterior molars). A three-year-old toddler usually already has twenty teeth. At the age of six, they begin to fall out and are replaced by permanent ones. The beginning of the change of teeth in a child of 6 years old.

This period is marked by the active growth of facial bones. The jaw expands.At the same time, gaps are noticeable between the milk teeth. The child’s body gradually prepares itself for the growth of larger permanent teeth. This process begins mainly after four years. During this period, it is important not to miss a visit to the pediatric dentist. The doctor will check if the size of the jawbone is formed correctly and, if necessary, will refer the little patient to the orthodontist. Sometimes it is necessary to pick up special plates for the baby in time.

How old are children’s teeth growing?

At the age of 5-7, milk teeth usually begin to fall out.In this case, the sequence of their replacement is identical to the order of eruption of the first dairy. First, the child loses the lower incisors, then the upper ones. After that, the molars loosen and fall out, then the canines. The socket of a lost milk tooth in a seven-year-old child The rudiments of permanent teeth, which are formed in infancy, eventually displace the roots of the milk ones, loosen them and lead to the loss of the latter. In most cases, this does not cause any discomfort to the child. Nevertheless, sometimes a milk tooth can firmly “sit” in the gum tissue, while a permanent one is already erupting under it.In such a situation, you can consult a surgeon. He will neatly remove the annoying “hindrance”. From the permanent teeth, the lower central incisors erupt at six to eight years, followed by the upper ones. Then comes the turn of the lateral incisors. As a rule, at the age of nine, molars have already erupted, and canines begin to appear in the lower row. The average period of their appearance is 9–11 years. The first and second premolars in the lower and upper row break through at the age of 10–12. At the age of 11, the child develops upper canines.In general, we can say that by the age of 13, all of the baby’s teeth have already been replaced by permanent ones. However, much depends on the genetic predisposition, the general condition of the organism. Therefore, all the timing of the appearance of teeth in a child is relative.

In some cases, the last permanent teeth are finally formed only by the age of 14–15. If the change of teeth is delayed, the reasons may be different. Sometimes illnesses and chronic ailments transferred earlier can affect this process.In such a situation, it is important not to postpone the visit to the dentist. The doctor will accurately determine the cause of the pathology, tell you how to solve such a problem. In most cases, a detailed examination and X-ray will help to find out why a child’s teeth are in no hurry to appear. The picture shows the presence or absence of permanent tooth buds. Only after such a thorough diagnosis will the doctor be able to effectively help the patient.

90,000 general information, timing and order of teething.

The first year of your baby’s life keeps many quivering and exciting events.One of them is “dentation” or teething in children. Today we have to find out what is considered the norm during this period, and what is pathology, when you need to worry, and when you just need to surround your baby with care and trust in nature. Pediatric dentists from the DOCTOR DENT clinic will share with us some secrets and give practical advice.

General information

It is interesting that teething accompanies a person for many years, and even decades. The laying of milk teeth takes place in the womb.In a 4-month-old embryo, mineralization of enamel already begins, and by the end of pregnancy, the rudiments of the teeth are almost completely formed.

Why do dentists and pediatricians all over the world attach great importance to milk teeth? Indeed, it is difficult to overestimate their importance. The appearance of the first incisors allows the child to switch to solid food. It is not for nothing that this is one of the markers of a child’s readiness to introduce complementary foods. Also, the correct location of the first teeth ensures the correct development of the jaw, preparing it for permanent teeth.And milk teeth also play an important role in the “tuning” of the baby’s digestive system, its maturation.

There are 20 milk teeth in total – 10 each at the top and bottom:

  • The 4 incisors are the central teeth;
  • 2 canines – “eye” or third teeth;
  • 4 molars (2 first and 2 second molars) – chewing teeth, fourth and fifth from the center.

Permanent teeth in an adult are 28-32. To those 20 milk teeth that will be replaced, another 3-4 pairs of chewing teeth are added.The third molars or “wisdom teeth” appear last. The situation when “wisdom teeth” have not erupted or there are not 4 of them is not uncommon. The fact is that the rudiments may not form in utero, or form, but not erupt due to the individual characteristics of the structure of the jaw. And both conditions are considered normal.

Doctors recommend introducing the child to the dentist when the first tooth appears. And in the future, have an examination by the dentist annually if there are no complaints. But let’s not rush the time.For now, you need to be patient and wait for the first signs of dentistry.


Teething of milk teeth in children is a completely natural, physiological process. But still, the accompanying symptoms give the child discomfort. But the appearance of teeth should not provoke serious complications in a healthy baby.

Dentation symptoms in infants are nonspecific. Sometimes infectious diseases and neurological problems can be hidden under them.It is not for nothing that pediatricians and pediatric dentists call “teething syndrome” – a diagnosis of exclusion. That is, only when the doctor is convinced that all similar diseases are excluded can such symptoms be attributed to teeth.

We conditionally divided the signs of dentition into 2 groups:

  1. Common symptoms
  • profuse salivation;
  • swelling of the gums, their redness;
  • moodiness, crying for no apparent reason;
  • sleep disturbance – the baby cannot fall asleep for a long time, sleeps lightly, often wakes up, cries in his sleep;
  • poor appetite;
  • constant need to suck or chew – the child fiddles with a pacifier or “does not climb” off the mother’s breast;
  • thumb sucking.
  • Rare symptoms
    • temperature rise;
    • Frequent, loose stools;
    • nasal congestion, coryza with clear discharge;
    • vomiting.

    Do not be alarmed when periodically such signs appear several weeks before the eruption of the first tooth. There is nothing wrong with that. Simply, the tooth begins its advancement from the inside, causing itching and increased work of the salivary glands. Only 2 or 3 babies out of 10 have teeth that are asymptomatic.In 70–90% of children, the appearance of a new tooth is accompanied by irritability, drooling and sleep disturbance.

    Interestingly, if the baby was born prematurely or with low weight (2-2, 5 kg or less), then his manifestations will be more pronounced. They are also prone to diarrhea during teething. In infants with reduced immunity, dentition may be accompanied by persistent fever and sore throat or ear infections. Babies with neurological problems may even have seizures against a background of severe pain.

    Terms of teething

    The timing of the appearance of teeth is individual, as are the symptoms of eruption. The approximate term for the appearance of the first tooth is 6 months, in 1 year there are 6 or 8 teeth, and up to 2-2.5 years all milk teeth erupt. Deviations from these terms are not a pathology. But let’s make a reservation right away – we are talking about conditionally healthy children.

    Sometimes certain conditions affect the timing and order of teething:

    • hereditary predisposition;
    • deficiency of minerals and vitamins due to improper feeding;
    • rickets;
    • hypothyroidism;
    • genetic and chromosomal abnormalities;
    • Congenital malformations of bones and cartilage (eg cleft palate).

    Some babies are even born with 1 or 2 teeth, which are called natal teeth. Historians say that such famous personalities as Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Louis the Great were born with natal teeth.

    In other children, the first tooth is cut by the year. Do you need to worry about this, your pediatrician will tell you. He needs to undergo preventive examinations on a monthly basis. During them, the doctor not only measures and weighs the baby, but also monitors the sequence of teething.If the pediatrician is alarmed by the delay in dentistry, then he will most likely prescribe an additional examination of the baby and recommend contacting a pediatric dentist.

    Loss of milk teeth and the change of permanent ones begins at 5-7 years old. This is a lengthy process that can take up to 2 decades.

    The order of teething in children

    At first glance, it may seem that the baby’s smile is replenished with teeth chaotically. In fact, the teeth appear in a specific order:

    • two incisors at the bottom center – 5-6-10 months.;
    • two incisors in the upper center – 8-12 months;
    • lateral incisors – up to 12 months;
    • first molars – 12-18 months;
    • canines – one and a half to two years;
    • second molars – two to two and a half years.

    This is the classic teething pattern in children. Your child may have individual deviations, because of which you should not panic. Your best counselor is your doctor.

    There are studies that have proven the connection between some of the features of teething with the constitution of children.So, in more complete babies, the timing and scheme of teething are often violated. Their dentition is usually accompanied by profuse salivation, swelling and soreness of the gums. But in thin babies, teeth are cut on time, but they are characterized by irritability and severe pain syndrome.

    Medicines for teething in a child

    Doctors say that, normally, dentition symptoms appear about 3 days before the eruption of a new tooth and disappear after a couple of days. In this case, the general condition can be violated, but should not be severe.If the child is really bad, you cannot cope with the problem, the temperature rises rapidly or a cough has joined, a runny nose is a reason to consult a doctor. In any case, self-diagnosis and self-medication is not an option.

    First, try to ease the discomfort with simple methods:

    1. Do not deny your baby frequent latching to the breast. First, it is a natural gum massage. Secondly, when sucking, the child releases endorphins – “hormones of happiness”, which have a calming and analgesic effect.
    2. Silicone teethers. Before use, such a toy is left in the refrigerator for 3-5 minutes. The cooled teether gently massages the gums, relieving soreness and swelling. You only need to buy teethers at the pharmacy.
    3. Massage the gums with your finger. For him, you can purchase a special soft rubber brush-massager, which is put on your finger.

    If you cannot do without medications, it is better to consult a pediatric dentist.Help must be qualified and safe. In the clinic “DOCTOR DENT” you can easily make an appointment by phone, choosing a convenient time for your visit. Our pediatric therapists work with babies from birth and will certainly be able to help you.

    Means that alleviate the child’s malaise are divided into general and local. In most cases, topical treatment is sufficient. Pain relieving gels can be used for sore gums. Since they contain a strong anesthetic – lidocaine, they should only be used as directed by a doctor.Usually 3-4 applications a day are recommended.

    If there is a rise in temperature or severe pain, then antipyretic and pain relievers are used. For children of the first years of life, drugs based on ibuprofen and paracetamol are allowed. Such drugs are in the form of syrup, rectal suppositories or tablets / capsules for children over 3 years old. The standard age dosage is 10 mg / kg. You can use it once every 8 hours. In the event that you yourself do not cope, the symptoms increase, seek immediate medical attention.

    To summarize, let us remind parents that the timing and sequence of teething in children is individual. If you decide to learn more about the health of your baby’s teeth, the doctors of pediatric dentistry “DOCTOR DENT” are glad to have new little patients.

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    The first teeth in children appear at the age of 4 to 7 months. This process can be painful and unpleasant. Inside the gum, milk teeth develop from the primordia, which then erupt.Sometimes it starts at 3 months, and sometimes only at 12-14 months. Before a tooth appears, the gums may swell and hurt. By the way, in very rare cases, children are born with an already erupted tooth (1 case in 2000).

    It is important to know what happens during teething so that you can recognize the symptoms when the baby starts to have its first teeth. And, if your baby starts crying because of teething, you can calm him down with the help of our recommendations.

    Frequent teething symptoms

    In the first few months of life, the baby is actively growing and developing.Teeth usually begin to appear around 4-7 months, and the first signs of eruption are three to five days before the tooth appears. For more information on timing, see the teething chart. Watch your baby closely for the following signs:

    • The baby is actively chewing. Children who have teething, gnaw toys or even their own fingers. This helps relieve pressure sensations in the gums.

    • Loss of appetite. The baby loses appetite, he refuses to feed or drink, because he is in pain.

    • Increased salivation. Increased salivation is one of the sure signs that teeth are cutting. Due to increased salivation, the baby may have diarrhea, and diaper rash may appear from it. If you notice that your baby has loose stools, give him water more often to stay hydrated. And if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as high fever, blood or pus in the stool, see your doctor immediately.

    • Irritation around the mouth. Due to increased salivation around the mouth, chin and chest, the child may experience irritation, so you need to constantly monitor this and wipe his saliva in time, but not too often: excessive wiping can also cause skin irritation.

    • Active sucking. When the baby is actively sucking on something, he tries in this way to relieve the unpleasant sensations from the pressure that the tooth exerts on the gum from the inside.

    • The kid pulls himself by the ear. Sounds amazing, but some toddlers are struggling to cope with gum pain.

    • Restless sleep. Swollen, painful gums can interfere with your baby’s sleep. In this article, you will find tips to help your baby fall asleep.

    • Irritability. It’s no surprise that a toddler gets restless or irritable when his teeth are teething, as it can be painful and unpleasant.To help your baby cope with pain, try to keep them busy and hug them often.

    • Temperature too high. When a child’s teeth are teething, he sometimes has a fever. However, a really high temperature, more than 38 ° C, is not a sign of eruption and may indicate an associated illness or infection that needs to be treated. If the baby is restless, if the temperature lasts for several days or exceeds 38 ° C, see a doctor to check if the baby is sick.

    Teething takes place for every baby with individual characteristics. Your child will definitely have teeth when their time comes. Don’t worry if your toddler is behind schedule as all babies develop differently. And our infographic will tell you what symptoms you need to watch out for in order to understand when a child’s teeth are teething and how to relieve discomfort.



    According to the tradition of many peoples of the world, there is a custom to give gifts to a child when the first tooth appears.This ceremony symbolizes the wish of the baby health, happiness and long life. The appearance of the baby’s first tooth for relatives and parents is a solemn moment, but along with this, teething can turn out to be a “restless” period for parents and baby. I would like to reassure parents and orient them to the fact that teething is a physiological process and should be approached philosophically. As inevitable. And timely and correct teething is a guarantee of a healthy unborn child.

    What is teething?

    Teething is the process of vertical movement of the tooth from the place of its initiation and development inside the jaw until the crown appears in the oral cavity. The process of teething begins after the crown has finally formed and is accompanied by its further development, the growth of jaw bones. Signs of physiological teething are: timeliness, the sequence of the eruption of certain groups of teeth and pairing.

    There are temporary teeth (more often they are called milk teeth) and permanent ones. According to the number of teeth of temporary teeth 20, permanent bite is 32 teeth. According to modern data, the timing of the eruption of the first temporary teeth is considered to be from 4 months. The term for the end of the eruption is 3-3.5 years. Most often, the first teeth appear at the age of 6 months, and as a rule, the teeth on the lower jaw erupt first – the central incisors, then the lateral incisors, canines and molars. The timing of teething can vary from 4 months to 2 years (earlier teething) or from 8-10 months to 3.5-4 years (late teething).

    Average timing of the eruption of deciduous teeth according to (R. Illingworth, 1997)


    Timing of eruption (month of life)

    Lower jaw

    Upper jaw

    Center cutter



    Lateral cutter



    First molar (chewing group of teeth)






    Second molar (chewing group of teeth)



    It should be noted that the quality of nutrition, sanitary and hygienic conditions and pathological conditions of the child (rickets, hypovitaminosis, intoxication, conditions of oxygen starvation, the nature of feeding, etc.) significantly affect the process of teething.For example, a disorderly eruption of teeth with a violation of the time intervals between a group of teeth, a delay in eruption can be a manifestation of such a pathology as rickets.

    Adverse manifestations of teething

    Temporary teeth are not eternal, that’s why they are called that. As the child grows and develops, after a certain period of time, all the milk 20 teeth will be replaced. As an exception, in individuals, milk teeth do not change, remaining in an older age (most often this happens due to the absence of the primordia of permanent teeth).

    When teething of deciduous teeth, the child is in a state of “stress” and can often show general somatic disorders. The first signs of teething, often the main ones, are the appearance of swelling of the mucous membrane of the gums in the projection of the teething teeth. Profuse salivation appears, the child may be irritated, whiny. The eruption of the central teeth often occurs without any manifestations, with the exception of swelling of the gums and profuse salivation.With the eruption of the chewing group of teeth and the involvement of a larger area of ​​the mucous membrane of the gums, a secondary infection can join, if the resistance of the child’s body decreases. Symptoms such as fever, upset stools, reddening of the gum mucosa in the mouth, decreased appetite may appear. gums, thereby can damage and infect the mucous membrane.What can be manifested by the appearance of erosive rashes. And aggravate this condition.

    How to help a child when teeth are being cut?

    To relieve the itching of the gums in a child, it is recommended to gnaw on hard vegetables or fruits (peeled apple, carrots), a crust of bread. It is good to massage the gums with special rings “teethers” or a toothbrush (silicone, or ordinary baby with soft bristles). Some rings can be pre-cooled, but you should carefully inspect these devices, purchase them in special places in order to avoid counterfeit non-certified goods and subsequently not harm the baby’s health, so that the child does not get hurt.When the temperature rises, antipyretic drugs can be given. To reduce the sensitivity of the mucous membrane and reduce pain in pharmacies, manufacturers of pharmaceutical companies offer special pain relieving gels for topical use. But we recommend using these drugs only as prescribed by a doctor, so as not to cause allergies in the baby and not to miss more serious complications. Contact a specialist pediatric dentist who will conduct an examination and give qualified appointments to improve your well-being.

    Change of deciduous teeth

    Permanent teeth most often appear at 5.5-7 years of age. Their eruption practically occurs in the same sequence as for deciduous teeth. The lower central incisors appear first, then the upper central incisors and in parallel, and sometimes even earlier, the first large molars erupt (the first molars or by their number are called “sixth”). They should serve your child for life. Parents take them for temporary teeth, which is a delusion, especially in the absence or inadequate oral hygiene and damage to this group of teeth.That can lead to a disastrous result – the loss of teeth. But this group of teeth – “First molars” are fundamental in the formation of the correct bite, they are also called the key of occlusion. Permanent “young” teeth differ in shape from more mature ones. The cusps and incisal edge of the crowns are more pronounced, especially the incisal edges of the central teeth are scalloped (wavy edge), the size of the permanent tooth differs from the temporary tooth, it is larger. This fact is alarming for some parents.To which we answer, there are no reasons for excitement, literally a year after the eruption, the enamel edge will become equal, it will become even. And at the expense of the size of the crowns of the teeth, while the child is small (the appearance of the first permanent teeth is 5.5-6 years), there is a certain disproportion relative to the facial skeleton as the bones of the facial region grow and develop, a harmonious ratio of the face to the teeth occurs.

    Average terms of eruption of permanent teeth in children (according to Schroder, 1991)


    Timing of eruption (year of child’s life)

    Lower jaw

    Upper jaw

    Center cutter



    Lateral cutter






    First premolar (small molar)



    Second premolar (small molar)



    First molar



    Second molar



    Third molar (wisdom tooth)

    15 and older

    15-16 and older

    1.In order for the teeth to serve for a long time, and they did not have to “say goodbye” before the appointed time, they need careful care the moment they erupt

    2. In advance, go for a consultation with a pediatric dentist, who will select hygiene products for your baby according to the age (toothbrush and paste). He will teach how to brush your teeth

    3. Brush your child’s teeth at least 2 times a day (in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before bedtime). Helping clean out hard-to-reach areas from an early age

    4.Limit the child’s intake of carbohydrate-containing foods (we do not recommend eating sweets for children under 3 years old)

    5. If the child consumes liquid drinks before bedtime or at night, they must be replaced with regular drinking water, without added sugars.

    6. The use of toothpastes with fluoride content is very important for children of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Yugra

    7. Visit the dentist 2 times a year !!!

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