All your questions on teething answered

All Your Questions on Babies and Teething, Answered!

Posted in 6+ Months, 6+ Months Development, Teething

It’s a huge moment for parents when their baby starts teething, but it can also be an overwhelming one. Below are some of the most common questions parents ask about this milestone:

 

When do babies start teething?

The development of a baby’s first teeth begins while they are still in the womb. At birth, a baby already has a full set of 20 primary teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw), but these are hidden within the gums.

 

The timing of the teeth’s “eruption” from the gums (what most people call “teething”) varies from one child to another. Most bubs get their first tooth at around 3-6 months, while others don’t start teething until they are 12 months old or more.

 

Which baby teeth will appear first?

The two front teeth (central incisors) in the lower jaw are usually the first ones to emerge, followed by the two front teeth in the upper jaw. The lateral incisors (or the teeth on each side of the central incisors) both on the upper and lower jaws appear next.

 

The last ones are the first set of upper and lower molars (between 13 and 19 months), canine or "eye" teeth (between 16 and 23 months), and the second set of upper and lower molars (between 25 and 33 months).

 

How long does teething last?

 Most babies usually start teething around 3-6 months and should have a full set of primary teeth between the ages of 2 ½ to 3years. Like every developmental milestone, the point at which your baby gets their teeth is an individual thing and you shouldn’t worry if their teeth appear earlier or later than other kids their age. If you have any concerns, speak to your dentist or other healthcare professional.

 

What are the signs and symptoms linked with teething?

The most common signs are swollen gums, flushed cheeks, finger and fist-sucking, drooling, irritability and restlessness. Check out our article on baby teething to learn more about the different teething signs.

 

What can I do to help relieve my baby’s teething pain?

Massage bub’s gums with clean fingers or with a soft, wet cloth. You can also give them chilled (but not frozen) teething rings or teething rusks.

Another option is to apply a small amount of teething gel on bub’s gums.

 

How can I take care of my child’s first teeth?

 Clean your baby’s gums and mouth by wiping them gently with a clean, damp cloth. Once their first teeth emerge, you should start brushing them twice daily with plain water and a soft toothbrush. Doing so will help avoid the formation of plaque that can build up even if baby only has one tooth. We recommend that you remove drool around bub’s mouth with a soft cloth to prevent irritation.

Also, take your child to the dentist for their first visit on or before they turn 12 months old.

 

What is infant tooth decay and how can I prevent it?

Tooth decay happens when germs in the mouth create a sticky covering called plaque on the tooth surface. These germs feed on sugars in food and drinks and produce an acid that damages the tooth surface. Over time, this acid eats away at the surface of the tooth, creating holes or ‘cavities’.

 

It’s easy to prevent infant tooth decay through good oral hygiene and nutritious foods. However, if you think your bub is experiencing it, it’s best to consult with your dentist to prevent further damage.

 

Your baby’s teething stage can be overwhelming for both you and bub, but enjoying this milestone is possible with enough knowledge and information.

 

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