The Essentials Of Teething In Babies

Teething in babies can be one of the quirkiest, unpredictable and interesting experiences.

And that’s just for parents.

But your little bundle of joy knows no different. She cannot communicate yet what she’s feeling. So she does what she feels as her little baby teeth (a. k. a. “primary teeth”) get in line to come forth.

Speaking of which….

When do babies start teething?

As early as 3 months, as late as 14 (often preemies). It’s rare, but some are even born with a tooth or two. Hey, I did say unpredictable.

More commonly, though, their first tooth sprouts around 6 months, and it’s usually the bottom front one (“incisor”). Teeth like to come in pairs, so once you see the first, the partner is soon to follow. Then come the ones on top.

Here’s a handy-dandy chart (from TheBump.com) of the order in which baby teeth come in:

You can download and print this chart (pdf) by clicking on the image or here. (You can fill it in as teeth come in, and it makes for an interesting addition to the baby book.)

I think my baby is teething early!

You may think so, if your little one starts gnawing and chewing on anything she can get her hands on as early as 2 or 3 months.

Most often, though, all the drooling and chewing doesn’t lead to an actual tooth until around the 6 month mark, or even later. My daughter, a preemie, could not chew enough when she was 4 months old, but didn’t get her first tooth till 11 months. Go figure!

As those teeth come in, you may wonder….

When should my child start going to the dentist?

When the first tooth appears in the general rule of thumb, but no later than her first birthday.

Your dentist can make sure everything is looking a-ok in there, answer any questions, prevent small issues form getting bigger, and offer tips on how to take care of their mouth at different stages of teething.

In addition, early positive dental experiences build good oral care habits from a young age so your little ones grow up with healthy teeth right from the start.

Need more information? Call or email us!

(214) 522-3110            www.raodentistry.com

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  1. Pingback: 5 Common Dental Questions Asked By Moms and Dads | Rao Dentistry

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