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When Do Babies Start Teething? And other baby teething Answers

When do babies start teething? Find out when you’ll see baby’s first tooth—and when you can expect all the other teeth too—in our baby teething chart.

Primary teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, milk teeth, or baby teeth, are a set of 20 teeth that children have before “shedding” them and getting their permanent adult teeth.

Did you know that these baby teeth start forming even before birth? In fact, some babies are born with some teeth that have already broken through the gum! (Can you imagine?!) But for most children, their baby teeth will start making their debut sometime in the first year of life.

When do babies start teething?

Many parents are wondering: When will my child get his/her first tooth? After all, it’s an exciting milestone! And proof that they are healthy and growing. But just like with starting to eat solids, or when they are ready for potty training, the age can vary from child to child. Some children will be closer to their first birthday before they get their first tooth—for example, my kids were 9 and 10 months when they got their first baby teeth. But the typical age for a first tooth is around 6 months.

From birth, baby already has all of his teeth hanging out underneath the gums, just waiting to emerge. The time that they choose to come through varies from baby to baby, but teeth almost always follow a pattern of which tooth comes first, next, and so on… all the way up to the last. The emergence of teeth is usually symmetrical as well, meaning that both front teeth (central incisors) will come in before the next set of two (lateral incisors), and so on. See the chart below for a good visual.

How long does it take for all 20 baby teeth to come in?

Some babies will get many teeth quickly, one right after the other, which makes for a stressful and sleepless week or two. Others will get them gradually so that the teething is drawn out over a longer period—but is typically more bearable for all. Whether your baby is a quick teether or a gradual teether, it still usually takes until sometime in the second year of life to get their final molars. Most children will have all 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old.

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Help! My baby isn’t getting his teeth on schedule!

Throw the guidelines out. Stop comparing with your friend’s baby, and trust that your child will get her teeth when it’s the right time for her. In almost all cases, babies—even slow or super fast teethers—are perfectly healthy, and there is no need to worry if they don’t fall within the “schedule.” Of course, always talk to your child’s pediatrician if you are concerned or want more information.

What types of teeth are there? Baby teeth order

Children have fewer teeth than adults (children have 20; adults have 32). Children have the following teeth, which also typically come in this order (again, there are always exceptions):

  • Central Incisors (the two front teeth)
  • Lateral Incisors (the teeth just to the left and right of the two front)
  • Canines
  • First Molars
  • Second Molars

Baby Teeth Chart


Teething symptoms

Some babies have a terrible time with just one tooth coming in, while others don’t seem to be bothered at all, despite having two molars breaking through. What gives?! Children have varying levels of pain tolerance and sensitivity, so you’ll have to just watch and care for your little one as appropriate for his or her situation.

For those children who do seem to be sensitive to teething pain, it can start as early as 2–3 months before the first tooth appears. (So, if you do the math, babies can technically start teething as early as 2–3 months!) The key is to start soothing their discomfort right away so that you can get ahead of the pain.

Teething baby symptoms include:

  • Biting more than usual
  • Excessive drool
  • Fussier than usual, especially at night
  • Disturbances in sleep patterns
  • Fever, rashes, cough, and diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite or even a nursing strike
  • Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks
  • Swollen and inflamed gums
  • Small white teeth popping through the gums (this one’s a tell-tale sign of course!)

Learn more about teething symptoms here.

What can I do if my baby is miserable over teething?

You can imagine that having sharp, hard teeth emerge through delicate gums can be uncomfortable to say the least.

Here are some things you can try to sooth your little one’s pain:

  • Offer baby a cold teething ring (where to buy)
  • Let baby chew on a frozen washcloth
  • Give baby a frozen carrot or spoon
  • Fill a fresh food feeder with frozen mango or melon
  • Put an amber necklace on baby (find out if they’re safe)

I wrote a whole post with effective natural remedies for teething pain here, so be sure to check that out if your child is suffering! (I feel your pain, as my son had a hard time with teething. )

Teething will end around age 3

No matter how bad the teething or biting, remember that this process is relatively short-lived. It *will* pass, eventually (even if it feels never-ending at the time!). Most children will have all of their teeth and molars in around the age of 3. In the meantime, use effective teething remedies, and celebrate as each pearly white comes in!


  • https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/eruption-charts
  • https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/1/e60

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Teeth

In this blog we will try to answer all of your frequently asked questions about baby teeth; an interesting topic which is relevant for everyone who is having a baby, has just had a baby, or is just plain curious.

Why do we have baby teeth?

It would be easy to think that baby teeth aren’t all that important. After all, they just fall out on their own after a while. Baby teeth are small and cute, but they have several important functions!

The first reason why we have baby teeth is simply a matter of space. Babies and young children simply don’t have the jaw space in their growing craniums to accommodate the number and size of permanent teeth humans have. We also can’t preserve our baby teeth our whole lives because they would be too small and spaced out for our adult jaws.

Baby teeth are also important because they let us chew food. Having baby teeth gets us accustomed to having teeth, which is important for the development of speech and oral muscles, so we couldn’t just skip the baby teeth and go straight to adult teeth later.

In addition, they function as placeholders for your adult teeth and keeps their seat warm, metaphorically speaking. If a baby tooth is lost or removed, the teeth on its sides will move into the open space, which makes it harder for the permanent tooth to come through later.

How many teeth do babies have?

Babies grow a total of 20 teeth, 10 upper teeth and 10 lower teeth. When they fall out, they are replaced by 32 adult permanent teeth, so you can see why a baby wouldn’t have room for another 12 teeth!

Are baby teeth more susceptible to cavities?

There is some evidence that baby teeth have a thinner layer of enamel, which could mean that it takes a shorter amount of time for bacteria to erode the enamel and cause cavities.

That said, you can’t blame the teeth themselves. Cavities are caused by bacteria that eats sugar and produces acid, so it makes more sense to blame a lacking dental hygiene routine: 80% of cavities occur in just 25% of children.

Babies and children need to brush and floss their teeth, just like you, and you will probably need to help them for the first 7 or 8 years of their lives.

Are baby teeth made of milk?

Baby teeth’s scientific name is deciduous teeth, but are often referred to as milk teeth, temporary teeth or primary teeth. Milk teeth are not made of milk. They have the same structure as your permanent teeth, and are called milk teeth because they are the teeth your child get while weaning.

When do baby teeth come in?

Teething can start as early as at the age of 2 months, but it is more common to begin around 6 months old. Here are the typical times for baby teeth to come in:

Central incisors : 6–12 months
Lateral incisors : 9–16 months
First molars : 13–19 months
Canine teeth : 16–23 months
Second molars : 22–33 months

Keep in mind that this will vary from person to person.

When do they fall out?

Again, this will vary greatly, but most children lose their first tooth around the age of 6, and should lose their last baby tooth around 12 or 13.

Which teeth come in first?

It’s typical that the central lower incisors come in first.

Image source: Wikipedia

Which teeth fall first?

First in, first out. As a rule of thumb, baby teeth fall out in the same order they came in.

Are some of them permanent?

None of your baby teeth are meant to become permanent, but they can in a pinch. Approximately 5% of the time, a permanent tooth fails to develop, or develops too late. In these cases, there’s no tooth to push the baby tooth out, and it will stay in place. There’s nothing wrong with this, and the tooth will last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Baby teeth have gaps between them?

It’s completely normal to have gaps between baby teeth, and it is found in around 40% of children.

Are baby teeth supposed to be jagged?

Jagged bumps on teeth is called mamelons, and it is normal. It will wear away with time as you child chews and eats.

Can baby teeth come in crooked?

They can, and it shouldn’t be a problem. This can be caused by genetics, thumb sucking or having gaps between teeth. As long as it isn’t getting worse over time, your child will be alright.

How to brush your baby’s teeth?

You should start caring for your baby’s dental health as soon as their first tooth erupts. You can start by wiping their gums with a soft cloth before their first tooth erupts to get them used to the sensation. Progress to gently brushing with a small, soft toothbrush and water.

At 18 months of age, you can start incorporating small amounts of low-flouride toothpaste, and encourage them to spit after brushing. Rinsing with water is unnecessary, and letting the toothpaste sit on the teeth can provide some extra protection throughout the day.

Brush twice a day, and start flossing when they are around 2 or 3 years old. You’ll probably need to help them floss until they are around 8-10.

Children will likely need your help to brush until they are around 7 or 8 years old, but that doesn’t mean that your job is over. You should still lead with example in the oral hygiene department because children take after their parents.

What’s the difference between baby teeth and adult teeth?

The main difference between baby teeth and permanent teeth is that baby teeth have thinner layers of enamel and dentin. They are also smaller and there are fewer of them – 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth.

Your baby’s first dentist appointment

Your baby needs to see the dentist, just like you do. The Australian Dental Association recommends that your baby has their first dentist check-up when “their first tooth becomes visible or when they reach 12 months of age”, whichever comes first.

Of course, your baby’s dentist appointments are as much for you as it is for your bubba. During your visit, you might have discussions and learn more about teething, brushing techniques, habits like thumb sucking, tooth decay, what you can do to prevent it, and more.

Tooth decay can start as soon as the first tooth appears, so it’s important that you start brushing your little one’s teeth right away. Use a soft children’s brush twice a day, but avoid using toothpaste until they are 18 months old.

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When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?

If you think your baby’s toothless smile is cute, just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance.

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year.

Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3. Check out this baby teeth eruption chart to see the order in which teeth break through and at what ages you can expect specific teeth to appear. Every child is different, but usually the first teeth to come in are located in the top and bottom front of their mouth.

When teeth first come in, some babies may have sore or tender gums. Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze pad can be soothing. You can also give the baby a clean teething ring to chew on. If your child is still cranky and in pain, consult your dentist or physician.

Why Baby Teeth Matter

Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help him or her chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.

When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?

After the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. Besides checking for cavities and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to handle habits like thumb sucking. Learn more about how to prepare for this visit.

How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

It’s important to care for your baby’s teeth from the start. Here’s what to do:

  • Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
  • For children younger than 3 years, start brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.
  • Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin cleaning between their teeth daily.


How Long Does Teething Last?

Urgh! How long does teething last? Surely we’ve all endured this agony long enough?

So your baby’s first set of teeth are bursting through. Painfully. And, as if having their teeth breaking through their gums weren’t enough for a baby to deal with, the whole ordeal is accompanied by a mouthful (see what we did there?) of other uncomfortable symptoms.

All in all, teething can be pretty rough for them and, in turn, quite trying for you.

Don’t worry, mama. There will come a time when all those teeth have firmly arrived on the scene (only to fall out again—but that’s a story for a different day).

So how does this whole teething process work?

Let’s break it down.

In this article: 📝

  • When do babies start teething?
  • How long does teething last for each tooth?
  • How long do bad teething symptoms last?
  • When do babies stop teething?
  • How long does teething pain last for?
  • Here’s what you can do to help.

When do babies start teething?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: no two babies are alike. And no two babies’ mouths are alike—nor the teeth that populate them.

But, if you’re looking for a ballpark, the average age for babies to start teething is six months.

Sometimes teeth make their grand appearance as early as three months. Other times they may be fashionably late and wait for a full year to burst onto the scene.

It’s common for preterm babies to teethe a bit later than others. Nothing to worry about. (If you are worried, that’s also totally normal. Check in with your healthcare provider to see if anything’s up.)

Some of the signs that your baby is teething include:

  • Red cheeks.
  • Inflamed gums.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Serious drool production.
  • A teething rash on their face from said drooling.
  • Biting. Sucking. Rubbing their general mouth area against things.
  • A blister on the gum area.
  • Disrupted sleep.
  • General fussiness.

Some babies experience severe pain, while others get off lightly.

➡️ Don’t miss our complete guide: When Do Babies Start Teething? Symptoms, Signs and Remedies

How long does teething last for each tooth?

Teething pain usually only lasts for just over a week for each tooth.

In some cases, more than one tooth comes out at once. This can be a little more agonizing and last longer.

How long do bad teething symptoms last?

Symptoms will generally only happen a few days before the tooth comes out and last for a few days after it has made its appearance.

If you notice any symptoms that go on longer than this, they might be related to something else.

A teething high fever (particularly one over 100.4℉, if your baby is younger than three months) is not a common symptom. Neither are severe stomach issues. Nor respiratory symptoms. If your baby is battling through anything that feels excessive, best to get in touch with your doctor.

When do babies stop teething?

By the time they hit two or three years old, their baby teeth (AKA milk teeth, AKA primary teeth) should be out. Then you get to sit and wait patiently until those same teeth start falling out when they’re about six years old.

How long does teething pain last for?

Teething is broken down into about six different phases over a period of about three years:

  • The pre-show. Before birth, most babies have about 20 teeth underneath their gums just waiting to make their debut.
  • The curtain opens. Somewhere around the six-month mark, those hidden teeth start to make their way up to the surface.
  • The opening act. Incisors usually come first. It’s often the bottom two front teeth (central incisors) that are brave enough to kick off the show. These are usually followed by the central incisors on the top and the lateral incisors on either side of them. This phase happens somewhere in the first year.
  • The tension rises. The dreaded first molars. These are located towards the back of the mouth—and, yes, they may arrive with a bit more fanfare. You might notice some increased crankiness and that your sleep schedule goes out the window. This fun usually happens around their first birthday (give or take a few months on either side).
  • Send out the canines. These are the ones between the molars and the incisors. They usually appear somewhere in the middle of baby’s second year.
  • The dramatic climax. And then second molars appear. And this can be pretty dramatic. The second molars are big and they can burst onto the scene with great vengeance and furious anger.

(Season two is when they all fall out. It’ll be here sooner than you think.)

So if you’re wondering what stage of teething hurts the most? The answer is usually the second molar phase. Absolute worst. In many cases. Just to make things even more fun, they time their entrance for just around the terrible twos.

Watching your baby go through all of this can be quite distressing. You may even get to the point where you wonder if teeth are really that necessary. (Um, yes, they are.)

While there’s nothing you can do to make it all go away, there are some ways you can help soothe your little one through the process.

Here’s what you can do to help.

  • Give them something to chew on. Literally. Like a teething toy. Typically made from silicone or rubber, they come in all shapes and sizes—keys, animals, bananas—and in a variety of colors. You can pop them in the fridge for optimal soothe.

  • Give them a cold washcloth to nibble. While that may not sound like the most delicious snack to you, they’ll love it. (Weirdos.) You can pop the washcloth in the freezer for a bit.

  • Give them a gum massage. With clean hands, gently rub those aching gums.

  • Give them meds. If your little one is really struggling, chat with your doctor about pain medication options.

➡️ Also read: 12 Easy Baby Teething Remedies

Finally, teething can be a rather messy business. Stock up on your bib collection.

Amidst the pain and discomfort, cutting your first tooth is an exciting milestone to reach—even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Soon they’ll be chomping through their favorite foods with ease.

Plus, in the not-too-distant future, you get to play tooth fairy, bribe them into going to the dentist, and yell at the top of your lungs, “Have you brushed your teeth yet?” Exciting times ahead.

Good luck, mama. You’ve got this.

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10 things you should know if your baby is teething

Everyone knows the agony of teething – both troubled infants and their parents are plagued with sleepless nights and fractious days as the process of cutting new teeth takes its toll. So to ease the pain of teething problems, here are some tips to help parents through this sometimes difficult developmental phase.

Some babies seem to take longer than others for teeth to cut through the gums

However, symptoms are usually the same – these include: red, flushed cheeks, nappy rash, dribble (which may lie in the skin folds on your baby’s neck causing soreness), chewing on their fists or on their toys more than usual, sore and tender gums and disturbed sleep. “Babies develop teeth at different times and can have very different reactions,” says a spokeswoman from the HSE. “Your baby may start teething from about 13 weeks, although no teeth may appear until six months or more. Disturbed sleep, feeding irritability and swollen, tender gums are common when your baby is teething. However, this should not cause a temperature of greater than 38° Celsius and should not cause a baby to be lethargic or drowsy. If these symptoms occur parents should seek medical advice immediately.”


Some babies seem to take longer than others for teeth to cut through the gums

Some babies seem to take longer than others for teeth to cut through the gums


Anaesthetic gels aren’t recommended

In terms of providing relief, paediatric dentist Dr John Walsh discourages parents from applying anaesthetic gels, “as trying to get it on exactly the right spot in a baby’s mouth can be difficult and quite often they will ingest it or the gel can numb the throat which can be a distressing experience for a small baby.


Something cool can help alleviate pain


Something cool can help alleviate pain

Something cool can help alleviate pain

Dr Walsh, who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, suggests that offering babies something cool to bite on can help alleviate discomfort. “There are no new weird and wonderful products on the market and no new research into how best to deal with teething pain,” he says. “So I would advise using a cooled teething ring. Chilled vegetables like carrots are also good, but be careful that nothing comes off into the baby’s mouth, and a cold damp cloth rubbed over the area, can also help.” Official advice from the HSE states that giving babies cold water helps to keep them hydrated and may also soothe their gums.


Always choose the sugar-free options

If opting for pain relief, the HSE encourages parents to ask for advice before choosing a particular product. “For parents who want to use pain relief to help their babies through teething issues, make sure to use a mild sugar-free option,” says a spokeswoman. “Babies who have a low grade fever (less than 38°C) or who are in pain despite other pain relief methods can be given sugar-free paracetamol, or ibuprofen medication that is specifically for babies. But parents should speak to their pharmacist before using these medications and always follow the product instructions.”


Beware of developing rashes


Beware of developing rashes

Beware of developing rashes

During the day, the HSE recommends keeping an eye on your baby’s progress and making sure to keep their face and mouth clean. “If dribbling is a problem, wipe your baby’s chin frequently to prevent a rash developing,” the representative says.


Avoid homeopathic treatments

Some parents use homeopathic remedies to soothe their baby’s pain, but Dr Walsh says it is best to avoid products which haven’t been fully tested. “While I’m not saying that they don’t work, I would just be concerned about giving a baby something which hasn’t been properly tested,” he states. The HPRA (Health Products Regulations Authority) has warned against unlicensed homeopathic products that are marketed and are available to buy online, which are manufactured in the US but are not licensed for retail sale in Ireland, as they could pose safety risks to infants and young babies. Research into these unlicensed products has indicated that they may cause serious side effects including: difficulty breathing, seizures, agitation, excessive sleepiness, constipation and difficulty urinating. However, the HPRA emphasises that this caution does not apply to the two homeopathic teething products that are available on the Irish market, which are manufactured by Nelsons and are sold with the brand name of Teetha.


Beware of amber jewellery

The Department of Public Health never recommends the use of amber teething jewellery in the form of necklaces, anklets, bracelets etc. Amber teething jewellery poses a potential choking/inhalation hazard for babies. Indeed late last year a toddler in California died tragically after his amber teething necklace allegedly strangled him while he was sleeping. Parents should never put jewellery, cords or string around their baby’s neck.


Start a hygiene routine

By age two and a half your child will have the full set of 20 teeth – 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. It is important to begin a routine of dental hygiene as soon as the teeth have emerged, so Irish dentists would encourage parents to take babies for their first check up at around one year old.


Teething is not as big of a deal as we think

While teething can cause babies to become distressed, Dr Walsh says often, the teeth are less of a problem than parents think they are. “Sometimes I think it’s the parents who need medication rather than children as it can be so difficult seeing babies cry but not knowing how to help them,” he says. “But while many issues are classed as teething problems, it just so happens that the time when maternal antibodies in the baby’s system runs out, coincides with the beginnings of new teeth (at around six months) and for the first time, they are having to deal with other illnesses which their own antibodies are having to fight – so this leaves them more vulnerable.


Don’t be afraid to take your baby to the GP


Don’t be afraid to take your baby to the GP

Don’t be afraid to take your baby to the GP

Dr Walsh says the most crucial aspect to dealing with teething is to make sure other, more serious, conditions are not mistaken for teething. “Back when I was first training, I remember being told that everything and the kitchen sink is passed off as teething and this can be detrimental,” he says. “So I would advise parents to really watch their babies and if they are very distressed or out of sorts, seek medical advice as there could be something else at play which needs medication or some other treatment. So while I don’t want to alarm parents, I want to make sure they don’t feel hesitant about taking their babies to the doctor – you know your baby better than anyone, so if you feel there is more to their distress than teething, make sure to seek advice.”




Caring for baby teeth

● As soon as the first tooth emerges, brush the teeth gently twice per day using just water and a small toothbrush. Good habits started early last a lifetime. The night time brush is the most important to establish as food left on teeth at night can cause tooth decay rapidly.

● First dental visit should be at around 1 year old.

● Once baby reaches two years, brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste at least twice each day.

● If baby uses a bottle, do not use it as a comforter and do not let baby sleep or nap with a bottle in the mouth

● Never put sweet drinks including fruit juice into the bottle.

● Milk and water are the most tooth-friendly drinks. Give cooled boiled water until baby is one year old.

● Start using a cup from 6 months old and wean you baby off bottle feeding by 12 months.

● Do not add sugar to baby’s food and if your baby uses a dummy, never dip it in anything sweet.

● Read food labels carefully for sugar content which may also be called sucrose, glucose, fructose or maltose. ‘Low sugar’ or ‘No added sugar’ on the label does not mean that the product is sugar-free.

● Remember that tooth decay is totally preventable. Babies are not born with a ‘sweet’ tooth so avoid giving them one.

When do babies start teething? 9 common signs plus soothing tips

The appearance of your baby’s first teeth is an exciting landmark in their development, but it can be a traumatic time, too. If teething pain is troubling your little one, it can certainly take the sparkle off the emergence of those pearly whites, and seeing them struggle with the various teething symptoms can be distressing for parents (not to mention those sleepless, disrupted nights).

To help take the edge off a little, here’s our round-up of common teething symptoms and ways you can help to ease them, plus how to gently care for your baby’s new teeth once they’ve emerged.

Teething symptoms

The appearance of your child’s first tooth is a landmark moment of parenthood. Every baby reacts differently to the sensations of teething and, while some may be wholly unconcerned by a tooth pushing through their gum (in fact, you may only be alerted to the process by the appearance of a tooth one day!), others will be a lot more distressed by the experience.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of teething means you can help to support your baby if necessary. Here are some common clues to watch out for:

1. Dribbling

Oh, the dribble! If your baby has started to drool seemingly constantly, chances are a pesky tooth is on the way. The drooling can start months before that tooth actually makes an appearance, and can continue right until your little one has finished teething, so get used to that sogginess! Adding a bib to your baby’s daily outfits can help to stop their clothes getting too damp.

2. Teething rash

All that drool and dribble can cause your baby’s chin to get quite red and sore. Gently patting the area dry as often as possible can help, as can applying a suitable barrier cream, such as an organic, lanolin-based nipple cream.

3. Gnawing/chewing

The pressure of teeth pushing up through the gums can often be relieved by counter pressure, so don’t be surprised if your baby starts gnawing on anything within grabbing distance.

4. Crying more than usual

Some babies don’t seem overly fussed by the sensation of teething, while others find it far more distressing. More frequent crying can often be expected though.

5. Refusing food

Refusing food(if on solids) or getting upset while being breast/bottle fed is a teething symptom. If your baby has begun to refuse food, or if they start crying once they’ve put food in their mouth (or are attached at the breast or bottle, chances are their gums are bothering them.

6. Pulling their ear or rubbing their cheek

Your baby’s gums share nerve pathways with their cheeks and ears, so they might be experiencing teething pain elsewhere. Rubbing at their cheeks or tugging their ears can sometimes be a sign of teething (although be mindful that this can also be a sign of an ear infection, so if it’s accompanied by a fever, consult your GP). Ear pulling can also be a sign of tiredness.

7. Hard lumps under the gums

Unsurprisingly, you can often spot where a tooth is about to erupt before it breaks through the gum. A hard, blueish or white lump beneath the gum (also called a gum hematoma) is nothing to worry about, and is simply a sign that a tooth is pushing its way up to the surface. Just before the gum breaks, it often looks like there’s a small blister on the gum – once this happens, you can expect that tooth any moment!

8. Being unsettled/difficult to settle

You might find that your baby seems fine during the day, when they are distracted by toys, games, books and the usual daily goings-on they observe. But all that gum pressure and pain can make your baby harder to settle for naps and bedtime, once the distractions have been removed. This can make sleep times uncomfortable for them and frustrating for you. Remember, they’re not trying to be difficult.

9. More frequent night wakings

As above, teething pain will often lead to more regular night wakings and can make it harder to settle your baby once they are awake.

Sometimes, people point to other symptoms of teething, including rashes, fever and additional dirty nappies, but there is no evidence to support these claims, and it’s important not to simply attribute these symptoms to teething, in case your baby is actually unwell with something else. If your baby has a hight temperature for more than three days, or if they have loose bowel movements for more than 48 hours, contact your GP for advice.

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When do babies start teething?

So, when can you expect your baby’s first tooth to make an appearance? ‘Baby teeth generally start to appear from around six to 12 months of age,’ says Dr Uchenna Okoye, Clinical Director at London Smiling. ‘It’s usually always the bottom two teeth first, followed the top two teeth, so it’s the incisors that come through first.’

However, don’t be surprised if they pop up a bit sooner. Anywhere form four months of age is now becoming more common. And remember, teething symptoms will generally start before any sign of teeth – sometimes up to several months.

What order to baby teeth come in?

Children have 20 teeth and most kids usually have their full set of milk teeth by the time they’re around three years old, says Dr Okoye. The order a baby’s teeth arrive in is fairly predictable, normal appearing in the following pattern:

  1. Central incisors (bottom two, first followed by the top two)
  2. Lateral incisors (again, the bottom two first, following by the top two)
  3. First molars
  4. Canines
  5. Second molars

    1. Best teething remedies

      It’s pretty much universally agreed that teething is a pretty tough time for babies. Luckily, there are tried-and-trusted remedies you can try, to help support your baby if they’re finding teething tough.

      ✔️ Provide additional comfort

      Extra cuddles and comfort will be necessary, so hold them close – your baby may be cranky, so you’ll need a little more understanding to help them through.

      ‘The best support is to arm yourself with patience,’ says Marina Persoglio, who has an MSc in medicinal herbs and is the founder of Nipper & Co. ‘Remember, if they are crying and fussy, it is because they are in pain, so lots of cuddles are necessary.’

      ✔️ Allow them to chew

      One of the best ways you can help relieve the discomfort of teething for your baby is by allowing them to chew: chewing provides counter pressure, which can ease the ache felt from the teeth pushing their way up and out of the gums. Teething toys can work well and they’re even better if they’re cold, so store them in the fridge for additional relief.

      ✔️ Offer cool foods and teething toys

      Refrigerated, soft foods, such as yogurt, can help to cool and sooth the gums and will likely be more palatable for your baby if they have gum pain.

      ‘Try refrigerated (not frozen) fruit, such as banana, if your baby is over six months old,’ suggests Persoglio. ‘You can also try massaging their gums with cold chamomile or fennel herbal tea – use organic to assure it is pesticide- and toxin-free.’

      ✔️ Offer pain relief

      If your baby is in pain, you can give them a sugar-free painkiller, such as paracetamol, provided your baby is over the age of three months. Always follow the instructions on the medicine packet and speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions.

      ✔️ Try white noise at night

      Distraction is often a good remedy to help a teething baby. However, this becomes difficult when you’re trying to settle your baby to sleep! ‘White noise can sometimes help at night,’ says Persoglio.

      You can download free white noise apps to try – some parents swear by white noise, and it may help to avoid night wakings.

      Teething: what doesn’t work?

      According to the NHS, there is no evidence that teething gels or powders (either those that contain a local anaesthetic or homeopathic options) work. And amber teething necklaces are also a no. ‘Not only is there no evidence that they have any efficacy, but they are also a choking hazard,’ reminds Persoglio.

      Brushing your children’s teeth

      When your child’s teeth do finally start to emerge, don’t forget to look after them! When it comes to caring for your child’s teeth, the earlier you get started, the better.

      ‘I say start brushing even when they haven’t got teeth!’ says Dr Okoye. ‘You don’t need a brush at this stage – you can just use a flannel to clean their gums, to get them used to the sensation. Then, as soon as teeth appear it’s time to start brushing.’

      Toothpaste and toothbrush choices

      As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, you’ll need to get them a toothbrush and toothpaste. Dr Okoye says it’s very important to use a toothpaste designed specifically for children at first, because the higher fluoride levels in adult toothpaste can be harmful and, as they haven’t got the reflex at that age to be able to spit the toothpaste out, they will end up swallowing a lot of it. ‘It’s fine to move onto an adult toothpaste as soon as you’re confident they can spit it out,’ she says.

      When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, a small, soft head is best. ‘Electric toothbrushes are also fine for kids,’ says Dr Okoye. ‘And remember to replace your child’s toothbrush every three to four months.’

      Last updated: 28-06-2021

      Claire Chamberlain
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      Teething Symptoms – 10 Signs Baby Is Teething

      Think your baby might be about to cut his first tooth?

      Before we dive into the actual symptoms, there are some interesting things you might like to know about your teething baby.

      You might have heard that the appearance of the first tooth means your baby should start to eat only solid foods. It’s a myth.

      As you probably know, babies’ teeth buds form while they’re still in the womb. Some newborns are actually born with teeth.

      If you’re breastfeeding, your baby’s new teeth are definitely not a sign from Mother Nature that it’s time to stop.

      Common teething symptoms

      Cutting teeth is a mysterious thing. Some babies breeze through it without batting an eyelid; for others, it causes significant discomfort. 

      Some parents are amazed to discover their infant went to bed with two teeth and woke up with four, without having shown any irritability. 

      Other babies really seem to have a hard time and need lots of help and soothing from their caregivers.

      It’s exhausting and challenging when sleep deprivation and (what feels like) endless consoling and cuddling take their toll.

      Make sure you take time to recharge your batteries: even as little as five minutes can make a difference.

      Find out more in our article Two Things Your Baby’s First Teeth Are Not Telling You.

      When do babies start teething?

      Most babies start teething very young: baby’s first teeth can erupt between four and seven months of age.

      Every baby is different, though, and your infant might begin the process of teething even earlier.

      Usually the first to appear are the two lower front teeth, followed by the two upper front teeth.

      Some babies won’t get their first teeth until after 12 months of age. By the age of two and a half, your child will have a full set of twenty baby teeth.

      How long do teething symptoms last?

      For most babies, symptoms begin around three to five days before the tooth appears, and then disappear when the tooth cuts through. 

      After cutting through the gum line, teeth take about 3 days to erupt fully.

      How do I know if my baby is teething?

      Some babies don’t have any symptoms and aren’t at all bothered by teething.

      For others, sore gums can cause myriad problems.

      Here are some of the most common complaints to look out for: 

      General fussiness

      You’re the expert when it comes to your baby, so you can probably tell when something is amiss. If you think something isn’t right with your little one, baby’s teeth could be to blame. 

      If your baby seems clingier than usual or isn’t his usual happy self, those pesky peggies could be to blame. But don’t worry! 

      This clinginess won’t last forever but, in the meanwhile, holding your infant in your arms will give him the reassurance he needs.


      Your baby might drool when teething starts. 

      If you have to change your baby’s outfit throughout the day because it is damp with drool, expect to find some baby teeth coming through in the not-too-distant future.

      If the drool gives your infant a rash, try applying some coconut oil to the affected area. This should act as a natural barrier cream and allow the rash to heal.

      Try using a bib or neckerchief to protect your baby’s clothes, and keep a muslin cloth handy for mopping up that soggy chin. 

      Sleep problems

      ‘Oh great, sleep problems’, said no parent, ever! 

      Disturbed sleep is probably one of the most difficult symptoms to cope with as a parent. Sleep deprivation is awful and can quickly make you feel like you’re losing your mind. 

      Unfortunately, your baby’s general fussiness won’t disappear at bedtime, so you could find yourself consoling him in the wee hours, too. 

      If those baby teeth are causing discomfort, your baby might feel happier with you nearby. Take turns with your partner so you can share the exhaustion; sharing is caring, after all.

      Try to nap the next day so you can catch up on sleep. It won’t be easy, but this stage won’t last forever. 

      Red cheeks

      Lots of babies get one red cheek (or two) when their teeth begin to come through the gum line. The skin might also feel warm to the touch.  

      This symptom is generally harmless, but keep an eye out to monitor for other signs of illness, just in case. 

      Gum problems

      Unsurprisingly, erupting teeth can irritate the gums. You might notice your baby’s gums look swollen. If you look carefully, you might be able to see a little ulcer on the gum where the tooth is about to appear. 

      Chewing on anything and everything in sight

      Teething babies often find chewing and biting helps relieve the discomfort in their gums.

      During teething bouts, your baby will probably chew with extra enthusiasm on any toys and objects in the vicinity. 

      There are plenty of teethers and teething toys to choose from. 

      Most teething toys can be placed in the freezer for a couple of hours before use; this adds the extra benefit of numbing your baby’s gums.


      Unfortunately, the constant chewing puts you at risk, too. 

      You might find your infant gumming down on your shoulder or arm during cuddles. It might sound cute, but you’ll be surprised at how strong your baby’s jaws are. 

      Some babies gum down during breastfeeds too – ouch! 

      If your baby has started biting before or after feeds, it could be because of teething pain. Try to keep a teething toy handy, so you can quickly swap your nipple for a toy when necessary.

      For other tips, check out this article about Biting While Breastfeeding.

      Refusing solid foods

      Babies who have started weaning, sometimes refuse solid foods when they start teething.

      If your baby’s gums are sore, biting and chewing might be uncomfortable. 

      Keep offering solid foods at regular intervals. Try placing cucumber sticks in the freezer for half an hour before offering them; the cold can soothe those sore gums. 

      Ear pulling

      Teething pain radiates, so you might notice your baby pulling on his ear. He’ll usually pull on the ear closest to the erupting tooth. 

      Ear pulling can also be a symptom of ear infection, so keep an eye on your infant for other signs, such as fever and cold symptoms.

      If you notice other symptoms, or if you are concerned, see your family doctor or pediatrician. 

      What does teething feel like?

      Remember that these new teeth are pushing through the gums for the first time, and paving the way for future teeth to come through.

      You might remember getting some of your permanent teeth, or second molars, as a child, or even getting wisdom teeth as an adult. 

      The same discomfort is there for your sweet baby, but he doesn’t have the verbal skills to talk about it or even understand what is happening.

      Check out our article Child’s Skull With Teeth – Creepy But Fascinating Images. You will certainly feel some sympathy for what your baby is going through.

      Can babies be sick from teething?

      Some parents report their infants to have loose stools, runny noses and high temperatures as additional signs and symptoms associated with cutting teeth.

      These reports are seen as controversial; there’s no science to back them up. Anecdotally though, many parents claim teething causes the symptoms.

      Some parents also report their babies to have a cough that seems to come along with teething; this might be caused by swallowing excess saliva.

      Pediatricians aren’t in agreement as to whether these are symptoms of teething, or whether teething makes babies more prone to infection.

      You know your baby best. If you think these symptoms are indicative of illness, talk to your doctor.

      Baby teething remedies

      The title of this section could be ‘How do I stop the crying?’ or ‘Please, send help!’ 

      That’s because, after a few nights of no sleep, and being at the mercy of your miserable, clingy baby, you’ll probably do just about anything to relieve the pain.

      Here are a few ideas for ways to help your baby deal with any discomfort and teething symptoms:


      There are loads of different types of teethers on the market. From fun wild animal shaped teethers to the classic teething ring, parents swear by different types of teethers.  

      The ones you can freeze are good because the cold gently numbs your baby’s gums. Have a look at Amazon’s top-rated teething products for babies.


      Fresh or frozen vegetables are a great, and cheap, alternative to store-bought teethers.

      Refrigerated cucumber is great for babies to suck on because it’s soft and cold.

      Pineapple is another excellent chilled food to use. 

      Pineapple has an enzyme, bromelain, which is a great anti-inflammatory that helps reduce swelling and inflammation in the body. 

      Pineapple is also packed with vitamin C and aids digestion.

      Frozen washcloths

      If you haven’t started weaning your baby yet, you might prefer to use a frozen washcloth as a teether. 

      Simply wet a clean washcloth, fold it and leave it in the freezer. When your baby is showing signs of discomfort, give him the washcloth to chew on. 

      The chewing helps to relieve the pain, and the cold numbs the sore gums.

      Something to chew

      Offering your clean finger as something to gnaw on could give your infant a bit of relief. 

      Only try this before any new baby teeth come through; otherwise, you could end up with a nasty nip.

      Breast milk

      Your breast milk is full of natural painkillers, so if you breastfeed, this could be your secret weapon in the battle against teething pains.

      During bouts of teething, you might find your baby hums while feeding; apparently, the vibrations help to soothe the gums.

      Amber teething necklaces

      Some mothers use amber teething necklaces and swear by them; others don’t find them helpful. 

      You can read about them more in our article and make up your own mind.

      Over the counter products

      There are plenty of painkilling and numbing products on the market. Speak to your pharmacist to find out which products are suitable for your baby. 

      Homeopathic remedies such as Camilia might help.

      You can buy gels like this top-rated teething gel from Wink.  

      You might be familiar with Bonjela, but it’s essential to know that adult gel isn’t safe for use on babies and children. 

      Numbing products can also numb your baby’s tongue and make breastfeeding difficult. They can also numb your nipple by transferral.

      You can use pain relievers, such as infant ibuprofen or acetaminophen if your baby is over 6 months of age. 

      Seek medical advice about doses for younger infants.

      Plenty of cuddles

      If cutting teeth is causing your baby lots of pain, keep trying different things to see which works best. 

      Your little one might be clingy while teething, so make sure to give him lots of cuddles and reassurance. 

      One study found giving cuddles was one of the most effective methods to help infants who are distressed because of tender gums. 

      Even just being held can make babies feel less stressed. 

      It can be hard to look after a miserable baby, but remember, teething won’t last forever.

      How to care for your baby’s new teeth

      The American Dental Association recommends the following to care for baby teeth:

      • Give your baby only breast milk, formula, water, and milk 
      • Don’t put juice or sweetened drinks in bottles
      • Don’t put the baby to bed with a bottle
      • Wipe baby’s gums with a clean washcloth or gauze after meals
      • When your child’s teeth begin to come in, brush them gently, twice a day, with a small soft-bristled toothbrush

      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, however 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 years, the child has an entire milk bite.

      Teething and symptom relief

      Teething can be a long and difficult 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 to chew and dull pain. Give your child a chilled teething ring, a freezer-preset washcloth, 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

      Even before the first teeth appear, you can teach your child about oral hygiene by wiping his 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 edges around it. Regular cleaning of milk teeth will allow not only to preserve their health, but also to instill in the baby the idea of ​​proper dental care from an early age.

      What to do when a child’s teeth are teething – Ozon Club

      The moment when a baby’s teeth appear is remembered for a long time by parents. Yesterday, the cheerful and smiling baby suddenly changed beyond recognition: he turned into a crybaby and capricious, who constantly asks for hands and does not please mom and dad with a heroic dream.

      How to ease the suffering of a child and restore peace and tranquility to the whole family?

      Painkillers and anti-inflammatories

      Ointments and gels work well for some children.They have anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic and cooling effects. They are applied directly to the inflamed gums of the baby and no more than 6 times a day. As a rule, relief comes almost immediately. True, one cannot count on the long-term analgesic effect of such drugs: they are quickly washed off with saliva and breast milk. But even temporary relief is in itself good for both a tortured toddler and sleep-deprived parents.

      The use of the gel is useful not only as an anesthetic.It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect, protects the gums from the penetration of microbes. This is very important at a time when he drags everything into his mouth indiscriminately, and the risk of infection is higher than ever.

      In the most desperate situations, when the baby does not sleep day and night, torments himself and his parents, pediatricians prescribe anesthetic syrups based on paracetamol or ibuprofen. Their action is enough for a long period.

      Teether toys

      Teether toys are mother’s main helper in this difficult time, when the baby is ready to gnaw literally everything that comes across on the way.Teethers are designed for just this: to be bitten, gnawed and chewed. Bright and pleasant to the touch, smooth and corrugated, plastic and silicone, in the shape of a giraffe and a crocodile. There are even battery-powered teethers with a vibration effect. In general, parents have something to puzzle over in the store.

      The choice depends primarily on which teeth are being cut at the moment. Usually, manufacturers indicate the approximate age for which a particular model is designed.

      What else is worth considering when choosing a teether:

      • quality and safety of the material from which the product is made for your child;
      • hardness: the teether should not be too hard, but not too soft, so that the baby cannot accidentally bite off a piece;
      • the ability to wash and ** sterilize ** the toy.

      Gum massage

      Another effective remedy to relieve the suffering of a young rodent. The massage is most conveniently carried out using a special massage brush made of soft silicone. Outwardly, it resembles a thimble, or cap, with soft villi and pimples at the end, which is put on the finger.

      You can find other variants of massagers: in the form of a toothbrush, a pacifier, etc.

      Massage the gums very carefully and carefully so as not to damage the already irritated mucous membrane.

      Children are happy to respond to such a massage and are temporarily distracted from the main problem.


      Cold objects also relieve swelling well and help to temporarily eliminate acute pain.

      Ready-made cooling teethers with liquid inside can be purchased. Before use, they must be washed and put in the refrigerator for an hour.

      As an alternative, all kinds of available tools are suitable: cucumbers from the refrigerator, frozen vegetables or fruits.To prevent the baby from choking, put them in a special device for safe feeding – the nibbler. And, of course, choose only those foods to which your baby is not allergic.


      Teething is accompanied by increased salivation, which can cause anxiety and irritation of the delicate skin of the face and neck. Therefore, not only the gums need competent care, but also the entire area that is in the radius of hostilities: this is the chin, and the cheeks, and the neck.In no case should you forget about them: wash your baby with clean water more often and treat the skin with a special baby cream or milk, use bibs and often change your baby’s clothes.

      Teething: how to help your baby?

      When do the first teeth appear?

      The timing of teething in children can vary significantly. They depend on the physical constitution of the child, the nature of his diet, individual characteristics and inherited genetic parameters.On average, teething begins at 6–8 months of age. Nevertheless, in some babies, the first tooth may appear at 4 months or even earlier, while in others, closer to a year.

      In some children, teeth erupt painlessly, without causing much concern. But most babies experience unpleasant sensations at this time. The child can become moody, irritable, periodically wake up at night, refuse to eat. The most common precursors of teething are profuse salivation, redness and swelling of the gums, and itching in the gums.Also, the baby may have an increase in body temperature, diarrhea.

      What are these problems connected with and how to alleviate the condition of the child during the teething period?

      Increased salivation during teething

      Abundant salivation is due to the fact that growing teeth irritate the nerve receptors of the salivary glands, and they begin to show their activity. Typically, drooling occurs 4-6 weeks before a tooth erupts. Due to the abundant saliva, the baby may develop redness on the skin around the lips and on the chin.To avoid this, wipe the baby’s face with a soft tissue throughout the day. If the irritation is already there, you can lubricate the skin in this place with baby cream or a cream containing dexpanthenol while the baby is sleeping.

      Teething pain syndrome

      The sharp edge of the tooth, overcoming the sensitive tissue of the gums, irritates the nerve endings and causes unpleasant pain in the baby. It is because of this that the child becomes moody and irritable.At night, as a rule, the pain syndrome is more pronounced, and therefore the baby can often wake up at night. During this period, you should try to give the baby as much attention, affection and care as possible. You can try to distract your baby from “dental problems” with a new bright toy or a rattle. It is also advisable to maintain the routine for the child, not to introduce new complementary foods, not to get vaccinated.

      If the pain syndrome during teething is very pronounced, you can use special gum gels with an analgesic effect.The composition of such funds includes the anesthetic lidocaine, which has a local anesthetic effect. Chamomile extract, which has anti-inflammatory effects, can also be included in the gels. A small amount of gel (the size of a small pea) should be applied to a clean finger and rubbed into the eruption site with gentle movements. This procedure is performed after meals and before bedtime. The gels can be used up to 6 times a day, with intervals of at least 3 hours.

      Gel in tube “Kamistad Baby”, 10 g

      You can try giving your baby a gentle gum massage.To do this, gently massage the child’s gums with a clean finger or a gauze swab dipped in boiled cool water. The pressure on the gums during massage reduces pain.

      Teething itching

      Many mothers notice that with the beginning of the appearance of the first teeth, the child began to pull everything into his mouth. He does this in order to scratch irritated gums. If you look into the baby’s mouth, you can see that the gums above the erupting tooth are reddened and swollen.Teethers are available to help relieve itchy gums. They can be made of silicone or food grade rubber. Some of them contain a liquid filler – water. Before giving such a teether to your baby, you can chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes (but not in the freezer!). Cold soothes itching well, relieves swelling of the gums, reduces inflammation and relieves crumbs of discomfort.

      Teething temperature rise

      It is widely believed among parents that the appearance of teeth in a baby is accompanied by an increase in temperature.In fact, this is not always the case. Teething fever is usually associated with a weakening of the body’s defenses, a decrease in immunity and a viral infection in the child’s body. Thus, when the baby’s temperature rises, it is necessary to call a doctor and exclude all acute conditions. If the doctor is sure that the child does not have any infectious process, then an increase in temperature to 37.5 ° C can be considered the result of gum inflammation.

      If the temperature rises above 38.5 ° C, antipyretics based on paracetamol or based on ibuprofen can be used to reduce it.These drugs can be given to the baby in a strictly age-specific dosage.

      Stool disorder

      During the period of teething, many babies have liquefied stools. There may be several reasons. Firstly, this is the swallowing of a large amount of saliva and increased peristalsis; secondly, a decrease in immunity and a violation of the intestinal microflora. With the addition of an infection, the child may experience diarrhea. In this case, the stool becomes watery and occurs more than 4 times a day.To clarify the diagnosis, the baby should be shown to the doctor.

      Refusal to eat

      When teething occurs, some children may be reluctant to eat or even refuse to eat. This is due to the fact that feeding increases the sensation of pain and discomfort in the gums. No need to try to feed the baby by force: the appetite will be restored immediately after the eruption of a tooth.

      Care of the first teeth

      Immediately after the first teeth appear, they must be properly cared for.It is important to remember that one single tooth needs the same care as thirty-two. First, parents brush their child’s teeth without toothpaste: the child will need it after 1–1.5 years, when the teeth have completely erupted and will be visible above the gum surface.

      The easiest way to care for your first teeth is to use a piece of gauze. Wrap the index finger with gauze dipped in warm boiled water and gently wipe the child’s gums. This procedure can be carried out no earlier than 30 minutes after a meal to avoid regurgitation.

      You can also use a special silicone brush that fits over the parent’s finger. Such a brush is a transparent cap, at the end of which there are many short silicone hairs or pimples. With this device, you can remove plaque from the first teeth and massage the baby’s gums. After cleaning, the brush should be washed with soap and rinsed thoroughly with warm water.

      You can use special napkins for baby’s oral cavity care.They are impregnated with a solution containing xylitol, which prevents the growth and development of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

      At about 1 year old, when 8–10 milk teeth have erupted in a child, you can start brushing his teeth with a toothbrush. The bristles on a baby’s toothbrush should be soft so as not to injure their teeth and gums. It should be made of synthetic material – polyester. This is due to the fact that natural bristles are difficult to dry and microbes accumulate in it faster.When choosing a toothpaste for babies, you need to look at the age indicated on the package. The main rule is that the paste should not contain fluorides. Children under 3-4 years old often swallow toothpaste, and fluoride is a toxic substance for the child’s body.

      Children’s toothpaste “Asepta Baby” from 0 to 3 years old, 50 ml

      Gel-paste for protecting the first teeth from bottle caries and preventing inflammatory diseases of the baby’s oral mucosa.


      When your child is 1 year old, you should see a dentist. The doctor will examine the baby for any diseases of the oral cavity, and, if necessary, will give the parents recommendations for caring for the baby’s teeth.

      Each tooth has its own time

      Normally, the baby’s lower incisors are the first to appear: this happens at 6-9 months. This is followed by two upper incisors – at 7–10 months, then, at 9–12 months, – lateral incisors: first two upper, then two lower.After that, one molar appears on each side: at the top – at 12-18 months and below – at 13-19 months. Then the canines grow: first the upper ones – at 16–20 months, then the lower ones – at 17–22 months. Finally, the second lower molar erupts at 20–33 months and the second upper molar at 24–36 months. Thus, at 2.5-3 years old, the baby already has all 20 milk teeth.

      Permanent teeth begin to appear around 6 years of age. Milk teeth fall out in the same order in which they appeared.

      When should I see a doctor?

      Violation of the general condition of the child during teething. Vomiting and diarrhea can be symptoms of an intestinal infection, which, without timely treatment, can cause dehydration of the baby’s body. This condition occurs because just after the age of 6 months, when the child begins to have teeth, the innate immunity transmitted from the mother weakens, and the baby becomes defenseless against various infections.When teething, the baby pulls everything into his mouth and often sucks his fingers. In this case, it is the oral cavity that can become the gateway for intestinal infection.

      Temperature rise. Fever should not be attributed to “teeth” – it is better to call a pediatrician to the house, who, having examined the baby, will help to understand the causes of this condition.

      Late teething. If a child is one year old and does not have a single tooth, it should be shown to a pediatrician or dentist and examined.First of all, the pediatrician will prescribe tests for the child, according to the results of which it is possible to determine whether the baby has disorders of phosphorus-calcium metabolism. Most often, a delay in teething occurs in children with signs of rickets. Also, a pediatrician or dentist can give the child a referral to an endocrinologist to rule out thyroid disease – hypothyroidism. With hypothyroidism, there is a decrease in the production of the hormone calcitonin, which is involved in phosphorus-calcium metabolism. And due to a lack of calcium, the normal formation of teeth is disrupted.Prematurity, weight loss (malnutrition), frequent acute respiratory viral infections, various digestive disorders that weaken the baby’s immune system can also slow down the timing of teething.

      Various disorders of teething and growth of teeth. The child must be shown to the dentist if he has:

      • the order of teething is violated, any tooth is missing;
      • there is an incorrect formation of the tooth, which can be expressed in its size, shape, color, enamel abnormalities;
      • , an incorrect position of the tooth axis is noted – horizontal or oblique, which makes it erupt outside the arch of the dentition or remains in the thickness of the jaw bone.

      The main thing about baby teeth: When they appear and fall out


      An important stage in the development of a child is the appearance of the first milk teeth, and it is difficult to restrain the joy looking at his new smile. It also means it’s time to take care of your baby’s teeth. After all, oral health begins with the first tooth.

      When do baby teeth appear?

      The first baby teeth appear (or “erupt”) at the age of four to eight months, and daily care is required to keep them healthy.Baby teeth are very important for a child’s oral health. They help keep the jaw in the correct position while the permanent teeth grow under the gums. They also create space for permanent teeth to appear. They affect the way the child chews, smiles and talks. This means that neglect of caring for baby teeth can have a very bad effect on the condition of the oral cavity and health in general, both in childhood and in adulthood.

      Usually by the age of 3, children already have all 20 milk teeth.However, the development of each child is individual. If you are worried about when your child will have teeth, consult a dentist.

      What to do when baby teeth appear?

      It is possible that during teething, the child will cry and be capricious more often. This is because teething teeth often cause soreness and tenderness in the gums. These common teething symptoms can be alleviated by simple means, such as rubbing your gums with a clean finger, a damp gauze pad, or using a chilled teething toy (teether).

      It also means it’s time to brush your teeth. Caries can begin as soon as the teeth appear. For safety reasons, one of the parents or the caregiver should brush the child’s teeth for the first 24 months. The child can then “help” guide the brush. However, it is highly recommended that the adult continues to brush the child’s teeth until the age of 7.

      Once your child has teeth, make brushing twice a day as an integral part of his routine, with one of them just before bed.Brush your teeth with a little fluoridated toothpaste, such as Oral-B Baby 0-2 Winnie the Pooh, with a baby toothbrush with gentle bristles, such as Oral-B Baby 0-2 Winnie the Pooh, and that’s it. it will work out. It’s unlikely that your little one will be able to spit out the toothpaste at the end of brushing, so just wipe off what remains. Swallowing toothpaste can cause stomach upset or diarrhea. It can also lead to fluorosis – the appearance of white spots on the teeth as a result of excess fluoride in the body.

      From the age of 3, your child’s teeth can be brushed with an electric toothbrush, for example, Oral-B 3+ (with the characters of “Frozen” or “Star Wars”, but parents must do this.

      When should the child visit the dentist?

      Your baby should be seen by the dentist before his first birthday, but it can be done as soon as the first tooth appears, not only will it help to keep the baby’s oral health and good habits, but it will also give you the advice you need if you need it.

      You can prepare for your first dentist visit by telling your child what will happen in the dentist’s office and sparking interest in the event. Try reading books or watching videos about dentists adapted for children. Practice opening your mouth wide with your child to help the dentist. On your first visit, the dentist will likely seat you in the chair while you hold the baby in your lap. The dentist will look at how the baby’s teeth and jaw are developing, check for caries, and then brush the teeth.

      How to maintain the health of milk teeth?

      In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly, it is important that your child’s diet includes foods that are low in sugar. As in adults, excessive sugar consumption can lead to plaque and tooth decay. It is recommended to give children mainly milk and water, as there is too much sugar in fruit drinks, juices and soda. Try to limit or avoid sugary drinks or snacks before bed.Do not give bottled drinks containing sugar to your child before bed. Give only water at night.

      From pregnancy to 1 year | Pioneer

      During pregnancy, it is important for a woman to understand and realize that the health of the unborn child begins to take shape from the first months.

      1 trimester

      12 days – the future baby begins to develop the oral cavity.
      4th week – the upper and lower jaw and lips are being formed. It is during this period that pathology can form – non-union of the palate or lip. 5th week – the parotid salivary gland is laid.
      6th week – the submandibular saliva gland is laid.
      7-8 weeks – the face of the embryo is already so formed that it becomes similar to a human face.

      At the end of the second month, the rudiments of the front milk teeth begin to actively form in the unborn baby.

      2 month (middle) – the tongue has already formed and during this period the most frequent malformations can be laid down – a short frenulum of the tongue and multiple congenital cords of the oral mucosa.The parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands develop.
      9th week – Soft palate and uvula are formed.
      2 months (end) – the embryo is already formed.
      During the first 2 months of intrauterine development, the formation of cysts and fistulas of the parotid region and neck, various anomalies of the vascular and muscular systems is possible.
      Developmental anomalies form mainly in the first 3 months of pregnancy.

      2 trimester

      The process of calcium accumulation in the first temporary molars (4th teeth) and partially in the second temporary molars (5th teeth) is accelerated.

      The beginning of the mineralization of the temporary incisors of the upper and lower jaws and the formation of the tongue. The laying of permanent teeth begins in the future baby. The lateral incisors and first molars (4th teeth) begin to mineralize.
      24-25 weeks of gestation – the rudiment of the first permanent molar (6th teeth) begins to form.
      The mineralization of the temporary incisors of the upper and lower jaws continues, the enamel and dentin of the canines are almost completely completed.

      3 trimester

      There is an active process of mineralization of all milk teeth.Taste buds appear on the tongue, and the embryo begins to taste. The laying of the rudiments of the permanent incisors and canines begins. The 6th tooth or the first permanent molar is the very first to mineralize.

      One must visit a dentist once a trimester!

      During pregnancy, most women experience impaired blood circulation in the gums, increased sensitivity of the teeth and bleeding. If the diet of a pregnant woman lacks the vitamins and calcium necessary for the child, then they will be replenished at the expense of the mother’s body.This will immediately affect the condition of the teeth: yellow spots will appear on the enamel, progressive caries, loosening of the teeth and other troubles.
      Very often, the pregnancy process is accompanied by the destruction or loss of several teeth. To prevent this from happening, you need to follow the diet. Careful and regular brushing and the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay play an important role in maintaining dental health during pregnancy.