Teething is a big part of your baby's first year of development. While every baby is different, here is a typical baby teething timeline that can help you as a first-time parent navigate through this exciting yet often painful time for your little one.
Baby Teething Timeline
Within the first year, your baby can cut as many as six teeth. The first teeth to grow are typically the two bottom front teeth, also known as the central incisors. Generally these teeth will not cause as much discomfort for your baby because these teeth are thinner with a more pointed edge allowing it to slide through the gums more easily. Next, the top four teeth, called the central and lateral incisors will begin to come through. At this point your baby will be able to make good use of these new teeth as this will be a good time to introduce your child to more solid foods. Some common teething symptoms include:
- Gum Rubbing
- Decreased Appetite
- Mild Temperature
By your child's first birthday, it is recommended that you schedule his first dentist appointment, so you can ensure you are taking the best care of his first teeth. Also around this time, your baby's first molars will begin to push their way through the gums. Molars are often more painful since they have more of a flat surface versus the incisors which were more pointed.
Between the ages of one and three your baby will grow his full set of 20 teeth.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.