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What Age Do Babies Start Teething?

As a new parent, you're probably wondering, "when do babies start getting their teeth?" Well, it's a great question to ask, and it's always best to be prepared for the moment when your baby starts teething.

As you read on, we'll look into when babies start teething, how baby teeth come in, the signs of teething, how to alleviate your baby's teething discomfort, and how to take care of your baby's teeth.

At What Age Do Babies Start Growing Teeth?

Believe it or not, tooth development begins during the first six weeks into gestation. Tooth buds start to form under the gums during the eighth week of gestation. And these tooth buds remain there for the remainder of the pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Most people have 20 baby teeth under the gums at birth. And they don't usually start to erupt until the baby is around six months of age. However, babies can begin to teeth anytime from 3 months to 14 months.

How do Baby Teeth Come In?

No two babies are alike. Some start teething early, while others start later on. Check out this chart by the American Dental Association (ADA) to see a typical visual of how baby teeth erupt. Remember that it can vary significantly from child to child.

Here's a general timeline of what happens with baby teeth:

  • Before birth: baby grows 20 teeth under the gums
  • Around 6 months: baby starts teething
  • Within the first year: The first teeth start growing; they're typically the two bottom front teeth, also known as the central incisors. Next come the top four teeth, called the central and lateral incisors.
  • 13-14 months: upper and lower first molars come in
  • 16-17 months: upper and lower canines come in
  • 23-25 months: upper and lower second molars come in
  • By age 3: your child will likely have their 20 baby teeth

What are Teething Signs?

Symptoms of teething also vary from child to child. Some babies feel no pain, while others are uncomfortable for several weeks. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Rubbing gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Crankiness
  • Changes in sleep and wakefulness
  • Loss of appetite

It's important to note that fever and diarrhea are not typical teething signs. You should contact your pediatrician if your child develops either. And if your child's teething symptoms involve more than just a few drops of blood, contact your dentist right away.

How to Alleviate Teething Discomfort

Teething can lead to some discomfort, and your baby will need your help in soothing them. The ADA recommends rubbing your baby's gums with a clean finger or even a moist gauze square. A frozen teething ring can also make your baby more comfortable as they're teething. A warm bath or gentle rocking may also help soothe them. Consult with your baby's pediatrician before trying an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen.

Taking Care of Baby Teeth

You can start taking care of your baby's teeth, even before they come in. Just use a clean washcloth to gently clean your baby's gums where the teeth will emerge. Brush with an infant toothbrush using water. It's essential to start a foundation of good oral care at an early age. Developing brushing habits in your children early on can lead to a lifetime of oral health.

By the time your baby is one, it's time to bring them to a pediatric dentist or family dentist. This ensures that proper dental care starts early and is a pleasant experience. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations on a pediatric dentist or use the ADA to locate care near your home.

Now you know all about when babies start teething and how to support them when they do. Remember that every baby is different and to let your child's teeth come in naturally. It's a great process to watch and even better when you're prepared with remedies to help your baby stay comfortable, like a frozen teething ring. It's important to start caring for your baby's teeth even before they come in and to set great oral care habits up for your children as early as possible. It's also essential to get them to the dentist when they turn one. If you follow this as your guide, your child will have the foundation needed for great oral care.

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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.

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