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When do babies begin to teeth: Teething in Babies: Symptoms and Remedies


The Dos and Don’ts for Your Growing Baby’s Teeth

Your growing baby’s teeth need the same care and attention as their adult counterparts. Although baby teeth are temporary, they play an important role in laying the foundation for good future oral health by reserving space for the permanent teeth to come in. Baby teeth are also crucial in speech development and facial structure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 40 percent of babies get tooth cavities. In 2014, the USA Today newspaper reported that tooth decay among young children had reached “epidemic proportions.”

Baby teeth (aka primary teeth, milk teeth or temporary teeth) usually start to appear when an infant is about six months old. Most babies will have all 20 temporary teeth by the age of three years. Adult (permanent) teeth begin to show from around the age of six. Children usually have most of their adult teeth by the time they’re 13.

The process of looking after your growing baby’s teeth should start with cleaning your little one’s mouth before the teeth actually begin to appear. Wipe the gums after each feed with a damp piece of gauze wrapped around your finger. You can also buy soft thimble-shaped devices to remove food particles.

Once the baby teeth begin to come in, they need constant care to avoid cavities, which can lead to gum infections and impair the proper spacing of adult teeth.

Here are a few DO’s and DON’Ts for looking after your baby’s teeth.

Do’s for Your Growing Baby’s Teeth

Use cold objects on the gums before teeth have emerged. Gently applying a cold object (not frozen) to your baby’s gums can provide pain relief as the teething process begins. Use a chilled teething ring, cold spoon, or a cold, damp cloth.

Massage your baby’s gums. If your little one’s gums become sore during teething, gently massage them with a finger (after thoroughly washing your hands). You can use this method when you put your baby down to sleep. If they wake up during the night, a gum massage may help them get back to sleep. You’ll be able to tell which teeth are coming through and focus on those areas.

Start brushing your baby’s teeth. Once your baby has teeth, it’s time to introduce them to the toothbrush. Use a baby toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head that fits comfortably in your little one’s mouth while having a handle long enough for you to easily maneuver. Brush the teeth at least twice daily.

Opinion appears to be divided over when to use toothpaste (fluoride or otherwise) to clean a baby’s teeth. One school of thought is that it’s not necessary initially to use toothpaste – just wet the brush and clean the teeth after feeds. Ask an experienced pediatric dentist for advice about using toothpaste for your baby.

Maintain a bedtime routine. If your baby is having difficulty sleeping at night because of teething, try to maintain a regular routine to indicate it’s sleep time by ensuring a calm environment. You can try getting your little one ready for sleep by quietly singing while gently rocking them to soothe them during teething.

Start flossing. As soon as your baby’s teeth grow next to one another, use floss to clean the spaces in between.

Brush your baby’s teeth after certain medications. Some medicines contain sugar that can cause tooth decay.

Don’ts for Your Growing Baby’s Teeth

Don’t give your baby ice cubes. You may be tempted to let your baby suck on a piece of ice, particularly to help soothe them during teething, but ice cubes are a choking hazard for infants, and the sharp edges can cut the mouth. Crunching on an ice cube can also wear down the enamel of primary teeth, causing tiny fractures that can lead to decay.

Don’t use cold objects once your baby’s teeth have started to appear. While gently pressing something cold onto your baby’s gums is fine before their teeth have started to show, the practice should be discontinued when teeth begin to emerge, because it can damage them.

Avoid using frozen objects. Frozen objects, particularly teething rings, may bruise your baby’s fragile gums. The extreme cold can also cause frostbite on the lips and gums. Give your baby a refrigerated teething ring instead.

Stay away from medications containing benzocaine without consulting a doctor. Soothing gels and creams for babies’ gums may contain benzocaine, which, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), should not be given to infants under two years old, without the go-ahead from a doctor.

Try not give your baby a lot of sugar. Giving your baby sugary foods or drinks too often puts their teeth at risk of decay. Never put sweet drinks in the baby bottle.

Don’t give your baby a bottle as they go to sleep. Using a baby bottle as a pacifier can result in a condition known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.

Professional Help for Little Teeth with a Big Job

As we’ve seen, although your baby’s teeth are tiny, they have a big job to do. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that parents take their baby for their first dental visit soon after the first tooth appears.

This first dental appointment is crucial in setting your baby on the path to a lifetime of sound oral health. Look for a pediatric dental practice that provides services for babies in a caring and compassionate manner – someone you can trust to give your baby the best possible dental care.

Your baby’s first dental visit will also enable the pediatric dentist to provide you with the know-how to ensure your baby’s teeth grow healthily and advise you on how to get your baby through teething. An early dental check-up can also detect any potential concerns before they become serious issues.

A skilled pediatric dental specialist can become your healthcare partner in working towards optimizing your baby’s oral health while helping to nurture their physical and emotional growth.

My Child’s Tooth Development: When Do Permanent Teeth Come In?

  • What ages do primary teeth come in?
  • Caring for your baby’s teeth
  • When do permanent teeth come in?
  • When to make your child’s first dentist appointment 

There’s nothing like a new baby to bring joy to any family, as well as the excitement of each new milestone in your child’s development.

One of those important milestones is when their teeth start to appear. This process starts in infancy and doesn’t stop until young adulthood with the arrival of their last permanent wisdom teeth.

What ages do primary teeth come in?

One of most significant – and sometimes difficult – milestones is when your baby begins teething. 

As soon as 4 months old, you might start seeing a little white tooth pushing it’s way up through the bottom gum. Over the next two years, you’ll start seeing more of these primary teeth filling up your child’s mouth, all the way up until their third birthday.

Sometimes, teething can be accompanied by unpleasant side effects that can cause your baby discomfort, and disturbed sleep for you – and as we all know you’re not getting enough as it is!

Here are some of teething’s side effects, and what you can do to help your baby (and you) get through them:

  • Irritability: Those first teeth, along with the final molars, are often the most painful on your baby’s tender gums. The best thing you can do to help is cuddle your child, offering warm, soothing words of reassurance and comfort. 
  • Skin rashes: Drooling is natural for babies as their salivary glands develop. However, teething can exacerbate drooling, and bacteria from the excess moisture can cause a skin rash around the mouth, cheeks, chin, and neck. Periodically wiping the area to keep it clean and dry, as well as applying a gentle barrier cream can help keep rashes at bay.
  • Sore or tender gums: Those erupting teeth can cause your baby to have painful gums. Use a clean finger or gauze to gently rub the gums, which will create counter-pressure to help alleviate their discomfort.
  • Excess biting and gnawing: Is your baby suddenly biting down on everything it can get their hands on? This is a side effect of sore gums, and your baby is looking for something to help reduce the pain. You can help by giving your baby something cold to chew on, be it a cool teething ring, chewing beads, or toys that they can grab and use when needed (be aware of objects that could be choking hazards).
  • Increase in temperature: Teething can also make your baby feel warmer than usual, which isn’t usually a cause for concern. However, if your baby’s temperature reaches 100.4° F (38° C), you should check in with your doctor. 

These are the type of teeth that will erupt in your child’s mouth:

  • Incisors: These teeth have a thin cutting edge that act like scissors cutting through food when the jaws come together
  • Canines: Canines are the pointy teeth located on both sides of the incisors, and are used to tear food
  • Molars: These large teeth are located at the back of the mouth, and have broad, flat surfaces that grind food before swallowing

Baby teeth development chart

The time when these teeth erupt varies from child to child, but most children generally follow this timeline:

Tooth When It Emerges
Central incisor (Lower) 6 to 10 months
Central incisor (Upper) 8 to 12 months
Lateral incisor (Upper) 9 to 13 months
Lateral incisor (Lower) 10 to 16 months
First molar (Upper) 13 to 19 months
First molar (Lower) 14 to 18 months
Canine (cuspid) (Upper) 16 to 22 months
Canine (cuspid) (Lower) 17 to 23 months
Second molar (Lower) 23 to 31 months
Second molar (Upper) 25 to 33 months

Caring for your baby’s teeth

Baby teeth are important. They help your child chew properly and speak clearly, and act as placeholders for their permanent teeth. They also help your child develop good oral hygiene habits they can use throughout their lives.

That’s why it’s important to keep your child’s baby teeth clean and healthy. By using the following tips, they’ll stay that way:

  • Start cleaning the gums early: Even before the teeth start coming in, you can help protect your baby’s oral health by removing bacteria that can stick to the gums. Gently wipe the gums at least twice per day with a clean finger or soft cloth, especially after mealtimes and just before bed.
  • Brushing your child’s teeth: Using a baby toothbrush and a little toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice, gently brush the front and back of your baby’s teeth. 
  • Teach your child to brush: Once your child can hold and use the toothbrush on their own, they should start brushing their own teeth. Be sure to supervise until they’re old enough to rinse and spit independently.

Also, keep an eye out for signs of tooth decay, such as pits or brown or white spots on the teeth. If you see any, make an appointment with your family dentist for inspection and treatment.

When do permanent teeth come in?

At about the age of six, primary teeth begin to become wobbly, and over the next few years will begin to fall out. Although some children may be unsettled by losing a tooth, this can also be an exciting time as kids begin to feel “grown up”, and start getting visits from the Tooth Fairy!

This now leaves room for the permanent teeth to erupt. As with primary teeth, adult teeth development vary from child to child, but the timeline generally looks like this:

Tooth  When it Emerges
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
Second molars Between 11 and 13 years
Third molars (wisdom teeth) Between 17 and 21 years, if at all

What age should my child start going to the dentist?

You can start bringing your child to the dentist at any point, but generally we recommend coming to see us when your child is between 2 and 2. 5 years old. At this age, your child can independently hold their mouth open and answer questions about their oral health. It’s also a great age to begin forming a relationship with your dentist, and developing a positive attitude towards dental visits in the future.

Primary and Permanent Tooth Care at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto

Your child’s teeth are important to care for at any age, so be sure to make regular dental visits a habit to protect their oral health. You’ll be starting them off on a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth or overall oral health, give Yonge Eglinton Dental a call today at 416-932-2222 or visit us online to book an appointment. We’d love to see you!

Is My Baby Teething? Here’s How to Tell

ALPHARETTA, GA – Your baby has been all smiles and giggles, cooing with you and grabbing at her toes. Lately, though, your happy-go-lucky bundle of joy is acting differently. Could she be teething?

Baby teething generally starts when babies are about 6 months old, but every baby is different. Some babies don’t cut their first teeth until they’re a year old, and other babies begin the teething process when they’re as young as 3 months.

Do you suspect your baby’s teething? Here are some common teething symptoms.

Your baby’s drooling a lot.

When your baby starts teething, you’ll notice increased amounts of saliva in her mouth. The saliva increase may even cause a rash on your baby’s chest, chin, or hands, i.e., any place where drool comes in contact with the baby’s skin. The drool plays a helpful part in the teething process, as it helps cool swollen gums to soothe your little one. Don’t be surprised if your baby soaks his outfit with saliva – pack extra outfits in your diaper bag during the teething phase. The extra saliva during teething may cause your baby’s mouth to fill up with spit. This can make your baby gag or cough, which is totally normal. She will learn to deal with these symptoms of teething.

Your baby is chewing on fingers or toys.

Some teething babies like to bite down on toys or their own fingers to help soothe teething pain. Teething discomfort may cause your baby to be more aware of her mouth, and as she grows, she’ll be more likely to put objects in her mouth. Babies have an oral fixation and for good reason. The rooting reflex helps babies move their mouths in a circular motion toward anything that touches their cheeks. This helps them find the nipple that will sustain them and help them grow. But now, as your baby hones her motor skills, she is likely to chew on a fist or on her fingers when she’s teething. Keep her hands clean, and make sure she doesn’t choke or gag on fingers or teething rings.

Your baby is whiny or fussy.

Baby teething is not always a pleasant experience. It’s even more difficult that although we can explain to our babies why their mouths are uncomfortable, they can’t actually understand us. This can cause frustration for babies and for parents. If you notice your baby starting to whine or cry more often — anywhere from the 3-month mark on — it’s possible that your baby is beginning to teeth. Not all babies are fussy because of teething. Your baby may cut teeth without so much as a whimper. But other babies may be more affected by the discomfort of cutting teeth. Be patient with your baby if he’s extra fussy during this period.

It’s common, too, for teething babies to be fussy during feeding times, whether they nurse or are bottle-fed. The stimulation of eating may irritate their sore gums. Be patient with your baby, and watch for her cues. If you can learn what makes your baby upset, you can work together to find a solution.

Your baby is not sleeping well.

He may have trouble sleeping during the night or during nap time when before teething he slept deeply. Don’t worry; it’s likely that once his teeth break through, he will return to is normal sleep patterns.

While it may seem otherwise, teething is a relatively short process in your baby’s life. Soon this discomfort will bloom into beautiful, strong teeth, which will allow your baby to eat solid foods and grow even stronger. Baby teething is a blessed rite of passage that each child goes through and there are many ways you can ease the process of teething. Soon you’ll enjoy your baby’s new toothy smile.

Dr. Nanna is a pediatric dentist at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry who specializes in treating babies. She recommends going to a dentist for kids specifically because they have a better understanding of children’s teeth at each stage of development. If you have teething questions or concerns, feel free to contact a pediatrician or pediatric dentist in Roswell.

© 2018 Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry. Authorization to post is granted, with the stipulation that Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry, an Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Roswell dentist, is credited as sole source.

What to Expect Series: Infant Teeth 0-18 months! Brushing and Teething.

This is the first of our What to Expect Series –  we plan to discuss common milestones and expectations to care for your child at different age points. The first in our series is for our Newborn Infants and expectations for their growth, brushing and diets.

“To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born.. ” Ha, a little Dickens joke to begin infancy. (It’s my blog I can joke how I like!)

Congratulations on your little one! Whether or not this is your first child or your third, this post is applicable to you. 

When do we expect the first teeth?

The average time for the first tooth to erupt is just after 6 months and teething will continue until a little over 2 years old. Parents tend to see quite a variation in the time in which their children get their first teeth; usually a range of 5-12 months is appropriate. Part of your child’s first visit is to evaluate and discuss their specific growth pattern and expectations. 

A common first visit statement we hear is: “they have big gaps in their teeth, will they need braces?” We typically expect spaces between your child’s first teeth and they are welcome! That spacing helps to facilitate good Oral Cleanliness or Hygiene, as well as providing enough room for their future, larger Adult Teeth. 

So when and how do we start Brushing?

This period of life is hard for parents as they begin to adjust to having a little one. There are a lot of new things to adjust to; lack of sleep, how to feed, building the relationship, diapers, and again, lack of sleep, etc.  We often hear “he/she doesn’t like to brush or he/she won’t let us brush.” That is completely normal for children of this age since they do not like a lot of things at first! It will be hard at first but we must remember that cleaning the teeth of our children is as important as giving them baths. The AAPD recommends beginning brushing before they even get teeth! This is to help clean their gums and to help reduce teething.

For Infant Teeth Cleaning we generally recommend a soft bristle brush with a small head as soon as the children get their first teeth using just water until their first birthday then moving on to using a smear of Fluoride toothpaste (a future topic). Before their first molars arrive around 15-18months you can just use a warm cloth to wipe the front and back of their teeth as well.

We at BTLT believe the key to brushing at this early age is consistency of the routine and quality of the cleaning. Its very hard to be brushing or cleaning for more than 30-40 seconds for a baby so focusing on doing a quality job in the time you have is more realistic. By a quality job, we mean being able to reach all the different sides of the teeth, including by the gumline where plaque likes to hang out.

A consistent routine means similar time, similar place and a familiar approach with the goal being establishing a habit with the child to facilitate easier cleaning as the child grows. To accomplish a quality cleaning ensure as a parent you are in front of your child and can see where you are brushing! You want to ensure you can be thorough but gentle. We recommend lying the child down on a flat surface like your bed to reduce movement and to help your visibility. Another way is to place the child is between two parents, similar to what we do at the dental office (this is called Knee to Knee position). It helps us show parents what we are seeing, as well as allowing the child to be able to constantly see their parent. 

Photo of Knee to Knee from AAPD


The first thing to remember about infants is that they communicate solely by crying or body language. How do you know if your child is fussing because he/she is teething or because his cracker came broken? How about if they have a mild fever – is that from teething or are they just sick again? Whats real discomfort and what is not? Its hard to say.

Teething is localized irritation in their mouths which is caused by gingival inflammation as their gums adjust to the erupting teeth and food irritants surround the area. It should be more nuisance than pain, but unfortunately no child has been able to tell me yet. Most 6 year olds when “teething” through their 1st molars don’t realize it – so it must not be too uncomfortable.

Some things you can do to help your child through their teething is using cooling objects such as chilled teething rings, frozen washcloth, frozen vegetables (carrot sticks). Wiping the gums after feeding may also help reduce inflammation and discomfort. What we do want to avoid is any creams of gels containing benzocaine or viscous lidocaine (medications that numb the gums) because they can cause overdoses and fatalities in our little ones.

If you have any questions regarding the information presented in this article or are wondering who should see your infant please contact us or your local pediatric dentist! For our caveat on our presented information see here. Thanks for visiting us and we hope you find it useful.

When Do Babies Start Teething & Get Teeth?

What Should I Look For in Teething Toys & Necklaces?

Plastic products are notorious for containing dangerous and toxic chemicals, such as phthalates or BPA.

Studies show that phthalate exposure in the uterus leads to birth defects, weight, and future fertility issues. Ongoing studies are examining the link between phthalate exposure and asthma, obesity, and other health problems.

The best way to avoid phthalates is to read the labels and avoid anything that lists ingredients such as phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), and fragrance.

Although some plastic products are labeled, “BPA free,” be aware that heating up any plastic objects could release BPA molecules, since plastic endocrine-hormone-disruptor and could pose health risks later on down the line.

One that we don’t think about often is heating plastic bottles. Those chemicals could be released into the foods we are giving to our babies!

If you are unsure or the label is unclear, call the manufacturer to confirm, as nothing is more important than the health and safety of your child.

Become aware, remain cautious, and be diligent in knowing what you are purchasing for your baby.

A favorite teething accessory among mothers is a silicone teething necklace. As a mother, your child might be drawn to chewing on your necklace while you are holding them. A silicone teething necklace is a stylish and safe alternative to this problem.

Silicone teething necklaces keep baby preoccupied, all the while in your closeness. This will build the bond between mama and baby. And believe me, its better than having them pull on your earrings!

Teething babies will enjoy the feel of the silicone on their gums, as the soft rubbery feel will provide relief for their aching gums. Teething necklaces also provide visual stimulation from the colorful beads, which can distract them from the soreness of teething.

Oh, how simple a baby’s mind can be.

Kute Keiki recognizes the need to keep child health and safety at the forefront of optimal development. We aim to provide high-quality and all-natural teething solutions for the beginning of every teething baby’s entry into the world of teeth.

Your Baby’s Teeth – American Family Physician

Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of health topics, please visit familydoctor.org, the AAFP patient education website.

Information from Your Family Doctor


Am Fam Physician. 2004 Dec 1;70(11):2121-2122.

When will my baby’s teeth appear?

Every baby is different, but teeth normally start appearing when a baby is about six months old, although your baby may be drooling more at four months. When teeth start to come in, they can cause pain and fussiness.

Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. Teeth help your child chew food and form words and sounds when speaking. They also affect the way your child’s jaw grows.

What can I do to help my teething child?

Giving your child a cold teething ring or a cold washcloth to chew and suck on may help. Teething gels should be used carefully because too much is not good for your child.

Teething does not cause a fever. If your baby has a fever, you should talk to your doctor.

What are cavities?

Cavities are holes in the teeth that can cause pain and bad infections. Cavities happen when bacteria (germs) in the mouth use the sugar in food to make acid. This acid eats away at the teeth. Cavities are the most common disease in children. Good tooth care can keep cavities from happening in your child.

Is my child at risk for cavities?

Your child might be at risk for cavities if he or she eats a lot of sugary foods (such as raisins, cookies, and candy) and drinks a lot of sweet liquids (such as fruit juice and punch, soda, milk, and sweetened drinks). Your child also might be at risk if he or she has any of the following risk factors:

  • Was born early (prematurely) or weighed very little at birth (low birth weight)

  • Has ongoing special health care needs

  • Has white spots or brown areas on any teeth

  • Does not go to the dentist very often

In addition, children from families who eat a lot of sugary foods and drink sweet liquids, who have a lot of cavities, and who do not go to the dentist very often are at risk for cavities.

How can I help stop cavities?

The first thing is that everyone in your family has to take good care of their teeth. Family members with lots of cavities can pass the cavity-causing bacteria to babies and children.

Teeth should be brushed twice a day and adults should floss once a day. Everyone should see the dentist twice a year. Have your doctor or dentist show you the right way to brush your child’s teeth.

Limit sweet snacks and drinks between and after meals. Have meals and snacks at regular times. Too much snacking between meals can cause cavities. Teeth-friendly snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, and cheese and crackers.

What about breastfeeding, bottles, and sippy cups?

Breastfeeding is good for your baby’s teeth. If you give your baby a bottle, always hold the baby when you feed him or her. Do not leave a bottle in the crib. Do not put juice in a bottle.

Your baby can start using a sippy cup when he or she is six months old. Stop giving your baby a bottle when he or she is a year old. Do not let your child walk around with a sippy cup unless it has only water in it. Do not give your child a sippy cup of juice or milk in the crib.

After your child is one year old, give only water or plain milk between meals instead of other drinks. If you give your child juice or flavored milk (like sweetened milk products), only give it with meals. Juice and flavored milk have a lot of sugar in them.

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

Start brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day when the first tooth appears. The most important time to brush is just before bedtime. Use a soft baby toothbrush. Put a dab of toothpaste on the brush. The dab should be the size of a rice grain. Ask your doctor or dentist what kind of toothpaste you should use for your baby. He or she may suggest that you use toothpaste with fluoride (say: floor-ide) in it. Fluoride helps stop cavities.

Some toothpastes made for babies do not have fluoride. If you use this kind, be sure to switch to toothpaste with fluoride in it when your child reaches age two. Your child will need help with tooth brushing until about age eight.

Does my child need extra fluoride?

Some cities put fluoride in the drinking water. If you do not have fluoride in your drinking water, your child may need to use liquid fluoride or chewable fluoride tablets starting at six months of age. You can call your water company and find out how much fluoride is in the water. If you have well water, have it checked for fluoride before you give your child extra fluoride. Too much fluoride can cause spots on your child’s teeth. Spots also happen when children use too much toothpaste. Your child may need the extra fluoride supplements until age 16.

When should I take my child to the dentist?

Your baby should see a dentist by his or her first birthday, especially if the child is at high risk for cavities or has any problems with his or her teeth. It is better for your child to meet the dentist and see the office before he or she has a tooth problem. If you wait until your child is two or three years old before seeing a dentist, be sure to follow all of the advice in this handout in the meantime.

When Do Babies Get Teeth |

Have You Ever Wondered When Your Baby’s Teeth Will Come In?

Of course you have, this is a natural question for parents. Some parents worry that their child is delayed because they haven’t gotten teeth yet while their peers have. Other parents are concerned that their child may not get teeth in or that the teeth might be missing. First off, rest assured that tooth eruption is highly variable and does not have a specific schedule. Factors that influence this are the gender of the child and individual differences. This article and infographic will get you all the information you need to know about your question, “When Do Babies Get Teeth? “

Deciduous Teeth or Primary Teeth

Deciduous Teeth or Primary Teeth are often also called baby teeth or milk teeth. This is the first set of teeth that humans get, and will be replaced with permanent teeth as the child gets older. Typically the first tooth erupts or “comes into the mouth” around the age of 6 months. This tooth is the lower central incisor. Children should have all 20 primary teeth by 3 years of age. However, some babies are born with a tooth already in the mouth. These are called natal teeth, and are not uncommon and are not a sign of any health problem. Primary teeth tend to follow an eruption pattern or order, but often do not follow a strict schedule. Usually, the tooth on the left and right will not come in at the exact same time. There is no preference to left or right side coming in sooner. However, they will usually come in shortly after one another.

So When Do Babies Get Teeth?

Primary Teeth Eruption Chart

Primary Tooth Eruption Order and Approximate Age of Eruption:

  1. Lower Central Incisor: 6 – 10 months
  2. Upper Central Incisor: 8 – 12 months
  3. Upper Lateral Incisor: 10 – 13 months
  4. Lower Lateral Incisor: 10 – 16 months
  5. Upper 1st Molar: 13 – 19 months
  6. Lower 1st Molar: 14 – 18 months
  7. Upper Canine: 16 – 22 months
  8. Lower Canine: 17 – 23 months
  9. Lower 2nd Molar: 22 – 31 months
  10. Upper 2nd Molar: 25 – 33 months

What to Do When Babies Get Teeth?

Teething can be a rough time for parents, especially modern parents with a lot to deal with. For more info on teething, visit our blog. But don’t forget, it is recommended that children see a pediatric dentist at the time of eruption of their first tooth or by a year old, whichever comes first. Establishing a dental home is an important part of a healthy and happy developing child. If you have other questions besides “When Do Babies Get Teeth?” or if you want to schedule your babies first visit be sure to visit Coastal Pediatric Dental & Anesthesia.

90,000 First baby teeth in children, signs of teething

The birth of a child foreshadows many joyful events that often cause a lot of questions for young parents. When the baby has the first signs of teething, mom and dad are most worried about when the long-awaited first tooth will finally appear. Teething in children occurs in different ways, but there are a number of aspects that all parents should keep in mind.

In some children, teeth erupt easily and quickly, while others do not. Signs of an imminent appearance of teeth may persist for weeks before you see the first snow-white tubercle, or they may be completely absent. Every child is different, but every parent should be aware of the most common signs of teething. Experts at the Moscow Center for Motherhood, Natural Development and Child Health call such teething symptoms as frequent mood swings, baby’s irritability, swelling and soreness of his gums. Profuse salivation is also a characteristic symptom.In addition, during this period, the child feels the need to chew or bite.

You may also notice sleep disturbances, anxiety, changes in eating habits in your baby. For example, a child who used to sleep all night long may suddenly wake up and demand to be fed. Teething symptoms sometimes persist until all of the teeth appear.

When does the first tooth appear?

In most children, the first tooth can erupt at any time between the third and ninth months of life. However, everything is very individual here, so do not worry if this happens earlier or later than the specified time. Teeth are usually erupted in pairs. The central incisors of the lower jaw appear first, followed by the upper central incisors, then the lower and upper lateral incisors, first molars, canines and second molars. As a rule, by the age of three, a child has an entire milk bite.

Teething and symptom relief

Teething can be a long and arduous process, but there are several ways to help your little one during this difficult period and relieve painful symptoms.Most children want to chew on something all the time – this is how they scratch aching gums. Stock up on soft rag toys and rubber teethers (teething rings) to keep your baby from pulling everything into his mouth. Cold objects can help reduce the need for chewing and dull pain. Give your child a chilled teething ring, a terrycloth pre-soaked in the freezer, or a teether filled with frozen food. To reduce pain, you can massage your baby’s gums by rubbing them gently with a clean finger.

Starting to care for your teeth

Before the first teeth appear, you can teach your child to practice oral hygiene by rubbing their gums with a clean cloth. When the first tooth erupts, use a baby toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head to clean the tooth and the gum edge around it. Regular cleaning of milk teeth will allow not only to maintain their health, but also to instill in the baby the idea of ​​proper dental care from an early age.

90,000 Teeth are being cut: how to help the baby?

Teething is a natural process for every young child, which, however, turns into a painful condition for him, and even more stress for his parents. It’s hard to watch when a small child is in pain. During this period, the baby develops symptoms similar to a severe cold: ear pain, fever, diarrhea, general body aches and a runny nose. Plus, the baby cries and is more capricious than usual. Sometimes such symptoms are absent or disappear almost imperceptibly – nevertheless, much here also depends on the character of the little man. All children are different – this is a well-known truth, therefore, their development (and teething refers specifically to growth and development) is completely different. In any case, parents should not be scared, because their baby is growing, and our article will tell you how to help him during this period.

When do the first baby teeth appear?

It is generally accepted that the first milk teeth appear in a baby at six months.In fact, they form in the baby’s mouth even while it is in the mother’s belly. In the sixth or eighth week of pregnancy, twenty teeth are born, which are called primordia. When the baby is six months old, he has milk teeth, deep under which, by that time, at the stage of the embryo there are permanent teeth. There are cases when a child is born with teeth, but they are very rare. It happens that the baby’s dental system develops too early, and by the age of three months small white spots in the gums appear in the mouth.Milk teeth may appear not in six months, but in a year. Although such a development of the situation is considered a deviation from the norm, as a rule, this is not associated with pathologies, but with various characteristics of the child’s body and heredity.

With rare exceptions, the children’s dental system develops in this order:
  • Six months or about a year – four incisors appear in the mouth: two upper and two lower;
  • One year – twos appear – one more incisors – four pieces;
  • One and a half years – the appearance of molars, upper and lower;
  • Two years – eruption of canines;
  • Three years – the appearance of a number of molars.

Signs of teething in a child. How to define them?

Those signs that parents are waiting for – fever and pain – do not appear immediately. But it is still not difficult to recognize that the baby is starting the teething process. If you notice that a child has begun to salivate, and any thing that is in his hands, he strives to taste and chew well with his gums, then the baby is teething. This sign never fails. During this period, it is especially important to monitor the cleanliness of toys and other hygiene at home.

A second sign of tooth formation is swollen and reddened gums. In order to detect this, you just need to monitor the baby’s oral cavity, paying attention to the tops of the gums. If you see white spots there, then it’s time to buy a special device from the pharmacy – a teether.

The third symptom is a bad mood that the child experiences from recurrent pain. The kid becomes not interested in playing, he often cries and is capricious, and in this regard, his night’s sleep may also deteriorate. This period lasts only two days, but parents should be patient and show their love to the child more often than usual.

The fourth, most unpleasant symptom of teething is various pains and fever. It is important here not to confuse these pains with symptoms of a cold or an upset stomach. The baby may have a runny nose, diarrhea, fever, ear pain and a general weakening of the immune system, in addition, the gums may hurt and itch badly.During this period, the child’s vulnerability to infections increases. This condition can last two or three days, and it ends as quickly as it appeared.

How can you help a baby and alleviate his condition?

First aid is the care, affection and kindness with which parents are obliged to surround their child. Indeed, in an atmosphere of love and tenderness, even getting sick is not so scary, and small children perfectly feel this truth.To protect the baby from infections, it is necessary to observe hygiene in the house, it is especially important to ventilate the room well while the baby is out for a walk or in another room. If any infection has entered the room, then ventilation will reduce the risk of its spread to a minimum. Don’t forget about gum toys. The fact is that during this period the baby experiences considerable itching in the gums, and the teether is made of a pleasant, soft material. They can not only scratch the gums, but also cool them, since these devices are filled with cold water.If you notice that in addition to the teether, you need additional help for the gums, you can purchase a special tooth gel with the corresponding age mark: from 0 or 6 months. This drug relieves itching, pain and swelling of the gums. Also, be careful with the use of antipyretics. The fact is that temperature is a friend of a person, even the smallest. If the temperature rises to 38 or even 39, then the body is fighting infection well. Therefore, by lowering the temperature, you deprive the child’s body of its natural ability to fight infection.In addition, a sharp drop in temperature is very harmful to the body. In folk medicine, there are good ways that effectively, and most importantly, safely reduce the temperature: these are wraps with a damp cloth. Soak a cotton cloth or gauze in cool water and wrap the baby’s feet with it. This method is not only antipyretic, but also relieves other unpleasant symptoms: headache and body aches.

Also, do not rush to give your child medications if the baby has a little tummy ache or has a runny nose.Any medical medicine is produced chemically, which is not so good for a child’s health. In addition, teething is not a dangerous process, so such strict measures should not be applied. But it is still necessary to alleviate the condition of the child, for which proven folk methods are perfect – these are herbal decoctions. Pain in the tummy is very good and quickly soothes a weak infusion of peppermint, which, moreover, will help the baby to calm down and fall asleep faster. The same herb also helps against vomiting.In addition, peppermint is an antispasmodic, which means it copes well with headaches. In addition to mint, you can prepare a light decoction of chamomile or oregano. Natural extracts of eucalyptus or Kalanchoe help well against the common cold, but they are far from always available at hand. It is worth preparing for this in advance by asking your local pediatrician for a prescription for preparing an ointment for a runny nose in a pharmacy. These products are made from herbs. They are natural, safe and effective.

In order to survive the teething period as painlessly as possible, try to prepare all the remedies in advance, while not forgetting to consult a pediatrician.

Teach your child to brush their teeth correctly from an early age, that is, after eating. After all, this is logical, because after breakfast, the teeth will see the brush and paste only in the evening. Another important rule of child’s dental hygiene is to limit the consumption of sweets such as candy, cakes, lollipops, cakes and sugary water. In order to preserve healthy teeth as long as possible, ideally it would be worth completely protecting the child from this kind of sweets. But we all understand that it is not easy. Therefore, an important and responsible job for parents should be control over the amount of sweets, because in addition to the danger of caries, sweets can cause other problems in the body.Taking care of your baby’s teeth will help him avoid many problems in the future, such as tooth decay, toothache, malocclusion and disproportionate growth of facial bones. Thanks to the correct actions and responsible approach of parents, children will retain a beautiful smile for life.

Silver spoons for the first tooth – who should give the child and why

The birth of a baby, his growth and development, the first smile, a tooth, the first steps and words – always carry special charm and joy for parents, godfathers and loved ones.From ancient times to the present day, wonderful traditions have been preserved associated with the main “milestones” of the newly appeared little man: gifts for birth, christenings, a spoon for the first tooth, etc. But not everyone knows what beliefs this is connected with, and how correctly observe established rituals.

Why silver spoons are given for the first tooth

The baby’s body develops from the first minutes of birth and the first tooth appears by 4-7 months of birth. These are usually the lower central incisors.For some, teeth appear at three months, for others – at one year. It is during this time period that the baby is given a silver spoon for a tooth. Why is this precious metal item worthy of special attention?

There are many objective and subjective reasons for this: from purely everyday to magical.

The stage of development of the baby, associated with the eruption of the first teeth, coincides with the beginning of feeding the baby. In addition to mother’s milk, the child receives the necessary useful compounds from special mixtures, cereals, etc.Therefore, the baby simply cannot do without a small individual spoon.

On the other hand, it is believed that silver acts as a metal that repels all kinds of evil spirits, evil forces, protects the owner from damage and the evil eye. Therefore, a silver spoon in this case is a kind of talisman-talisman that protects the child from negative energy.

Silver baby spoon with a puppy

The stage of development of the baby, associated with the teething of the first teeth, coincides with the beginning of feeding the baby.In addition to mother’s milk, the child receives the necessary useful compounds from special mixtures, cereals, etc. Therefore, the baby simply cannot do without a small individual spoon.

On the other hand, it is believed that silver acts as a metal that repels all kinds of evil spirits, evil forces, protects the owner from damage and the evil eye. Therefore, a silver spoon in this case is a kind of talisman-talisman that protects the child from negative energy.

The disinfecting properties of silver are also known.It is not for nothing that objects made of silver of high standard are used for water purification. It is believed that the ions of the silvery-white metal neutralize the pathogenic microflora.

Therefore, a silver spoon presented at this moment in life will be just in time.

Who should give a spoon

In modern impulsive and active life, strict adherence to all the rules for performing a particular ritual is often neglected. This is partly due to ignorance and lack of necessary knowledge, partly – deliberately, since this or that event is not given the appropriate significance.

Therefore, if we talk about the gift of a spoon for the first tooth, any relative, including parents, godfathers, friends or colleagues, can present it. It often happens that different people present the baby with several silver spoons at once. There is nothing reprehensible in this, the main thing is that the gifts are made sincerely, from a pure heart, with love and care for the little man.

If you strictly follow the canons and traditions, the godparents (mother or father) should present a spoon on the first tooth.

What are the traditions and signs associated with the gift

A silver spoon can be presented not only during the appearance of the first tooth, but also for the birth or baptism of a baby.

According to existing traditions, the parents themselves can make a gift for the birth of a baby. Moreover, this is identified not only with the good health of the little man, but also with his future well-being and prosperity. The saying “was born with a silver spoon in his mouth” has been preserved. The child was born into a family with good income, since in the past, silver was a sign of financial stability and prosperity.Family silver was the lot of fairly wealthy, wealthy people.

After the baby was baptized, the godparents presented him with a silver spoon. This ritual was identified with the future happy and successful life of the ward. The baptized baby fell under the “wing of God”, which protected him from all sorts of sins and temptations, and the presented spoon further strengthened the protection from negative energy.

Baptismal set with a spoon for a boy Baptismal set with a spoon for a girl

And for the “first tooth” in the modern version of existing traditions, everyone can present a valuable gift: parents, relatives, godparents, friends.

No matter at what stage of life the child receives a gift, it is important to present it, sincerely wishing the child health, success, well-being, prosperity.

If the spoon is presented to the first tooth, it is necessary to tap it several times with the spoon. There is a belief that in this case the teeth will be strong and healthy.

We must not forget that the spoon should be kept by the owner throughout his life. It is not necessary to use it for its intended purpose, since the item is a personal talisman-amulet.

How to choose a spoon depending on the gender of the child

Jewelry retail chains and private workshops offer a wide range of silver spoons of different sizes and designs. You just need to choose a product to your liking. However, an individual gift looks more interesting and significant. Children’s silver spoons and personalized engraving, pattern or symbols will not only decorate the gift, but also transfer it to the status of an address one.

You can customize a product for a boy or girl.For future men, this is a strict pattern with the image of a bear, a toy car and other things, and for a baby, a future lady, preference is given to ornate monograms, floral designs, butterflies, and dolls. Some make engraving in the form of a portrait of a baby.

It is important to note that if the child is baptized, the presence of Christian attributes (cross, face of Jesus, angel) on the product is desirable. The main thing is that the small spoon is not overloaded with an abundance of patterns, symbols, etc. Conciseness should be observed.

Benefits of silver for a baby

In addition to the ritual purpose of a valuable item, this is the first own cutlery that serves its intended purpose. The spoon should not contain sharp edges and protrusions, be small so that it is convenient for the baby to use without injury. Subsequently, he will eat on his own, and a convenient spoon will become an indispensable assistant during meals.

As mentioned earlier, silver is a metal with high bactericidal properties.Therefore, using this item, the mother maintains the health of the baby.

Storage and proper care of a baby’s silver spoon

Caring for a baby’s spoon is no different from caring for items made of silver and cupronickel. To keep a valuable gift in good condition, you must:

  • Wash the item in warm soft water, without using abrasives or metal sponges.
  • In case of darkening of silver (formation of oxide on its surface), it is recommended to periodically wipe the spoon with a soft cloth with a few drops of ammonia solution (ammonia).Then rinse thoroughly.
  • Use a soft towel to dry the garment to give it a shine and remove water stains.
  • It is not advisable to store the spoon together with other cutlery made of steel or other materials in order to avoid scratches and damage to the surface.
  • It is recommended to store the spoon in a special case with a velvet or other fine fleece coating.

A silver spoon on a tooth is a kind and useful tradition that reminds the owner throughout his life of the wonderful and carefree time of infancy, loved ones and dear people who love him.


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