When do babies teethe?

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Teething

Are There Any Home Remedies for Teething?

  • Often, the infant’s gums feel better when gentle pressure is placed on the gums. For this reason, many doctors recommend gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger or having the child bite down on a clean washcloth.
  • If the pain seems to be causing feeding problems, sometimes a different-shaped nipple or use of a cup may reduce discomfort and improve feeding.
  • Cold objects may help reduce the inflammation, as well. Using teething rings can be helpful. Veteran parents have discovered the usefulness of refrigerated wet washcloths, cold pacifiers, spoons, frozen bagels, or frozen bananas. Be careful to avoid having prolonged contact with very cold objects on the gums. Also, never put anything into a child’s mouth that might cause the child to choke.
  • Use of pain medications: Some controversy surrounds the use of pain medicines for teething.
    • While some parents endorse topical medications, studies have not consistently shown their benefit. In May 2011, the FDA issued a warning urging avoidance of oral medications containing a topical anesthetic called benzocaine. Benzocaine is the primary ingredient found in many over-the-counter teething gels, lozenges, and sprays. The FDA warning points out an association with a rare but extremely serious complication called methemoglobinemia. This side effect substantially limits the ability of red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body. This development may produce a side effect spectrum from serious to lethal. Individuals who develop methemoglobinemia will become pale, short of breath, confused, and lightheaded. A rapid heart rate is also common. Such an adverse reaction may develop upon first exposure or after several exposures to benzocaine. Any individual who displays such symptoms after exposure to benzocaine should seek immediate medical attention at the closest emergency department. A medication can be used to reverse these side effects.
    • Medicines that are taken by mouth to help reduce pain: Acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Children’s Advil or Motrin) may also help with pain. Ask a health-care professional for advice regarding the use of these and other medications. Caution should be taken not to overmedicate for teething. The medicine may mask significant symptoms that could be important to know about. Do not give children products containing aspirin.
    • Homeopathic remedies and other home remedies are used widely, but there is limited research into their true effectiveness. These include the use of clove oil, licorice sticks, fennel, green onion, olive oil, ginger root, and chamomile.

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While the medical community defines teething (or odontiasis) as, “the process by which an infant’s teeth erupt, or breakthrough, the gums,” most parents are more concerned with how it affects our little ones on a day to day basis. While we can’t fully predict how babies will react to getting their first tooth, we can learn about baby teething symptoms, how to soothe a teething baby, and all about the teething process itself. Overall, the more that we know about teething, the better we can help our little ones get through it.

Teething Time Frame

One of the most common questions parents ask is, “How long does teething last for babies?” To answer this, it is helpful to know both the time frame and timeline in which teething occurs. In general, teething is an ongoing process that occurs between 6 and 24 months of age. While your little one has twenty teeth that will begin to appear over a period of two years, teething fortunately only causes pain and irritation around the time that your baby’s tooth is about to break through the gum. There is no exact amount of time that has been identified for how long it takes for a tooth to cut through, but most professionals have estimated that it can emerge anytime between 1-7 days per tooth. However, teething symptoms typically only last a few days, so if baby is experiencing discomfort for an extended period of time, it is safe to assume it is not from teething.

Teething Timeline

Most babies begin to teethe between 4 and 7 months of age, but this can take place earlier or later. As a general guide, your little one’s teeth will most likely emerge within the following timeline windows:

4 to 7 months

During this time, the teething process begins. The first teeth to erupt are typically the lower central incisors, which are the two middle teeth on the bottom. Children are also becoming more mobile. They usually begin to grasp and pull objects toward their body, sit without support, transfer items from one hand to the other, and may even begin to crawl. It is important to keep an eye on the small objects within your baby’s reach, as they will want to put everything in their mouths during teething!

8 to 16 months

Between 8 and 12 months, your baby’s upper central incisors, or the upper middle teeth, will appear. Additionally, sometime between 9 and 16 months, their top and bottom teeth right next to the middle teeth will emerge (these are called the lower and upper lateral incisors). In addition to teething, it is important to recognize that other significant milestones of gross motor skills are reached during this developmental window. Most babies are able to pull themselves to a seated position, stand without assistance, take their first steps, pick up and throw objects, roll a ball, and grasp objects between their thumb and one finger.

13 to 23 months

Typically, between 13 and 19 months of age, your little one’s first molars will appear at the bottom and the top around the same time. Shortly after, their canine teeth (the sharp, pointed ones) will most likely emerge on both the top and bottom rows, sometime between 16 and 23 months.

23 to 31 months

During the final stage of teething, a toddler’s very back teeth, or second molars, appear on the bottom row. While most teething symptoms present themselves similarly among both toddlers and babies, there are some differences as your child grows older. Primarily, your toddler may now be able to tell you about their discomfort and pain, unlike nonverbal infants. On the other hand, many toddlers won’t demonstrate any signs of discomfort and won’t complain of pain at all when their molars come in. For other little ones, the pain may be substantially worse because their first molars are bigger compared to their other teeth. They may even complain of headaches or jaw pain!

Toys That Can Help

Teething toys can offer immense relief for baby teething symptoms, while simultaneously keeping them occupied with playtime. Because teething babies are always on the lookout for something they can chew, teething toys are specifically designed to soothe baby’s gums and offer temporary teething relief.

Our Spinning Rattle Teether™ is just as functional as it is cute! This rattle’s textured pedals are perfect for teething and fun for your baby to play with. Your baby can also easily hold this rattle and teether, making this toy a great choice for on-the-go teething relief.

Another great teething toy option is anything from our Squeeze & Teethe collection. With an array of different animal pals to choose from, these natural rubber teethers will quickly become your little one’s best friend. Your baby will love how bendable and soft they are, and the cute sound they make when squeezed.

Wrapping Up

There really is no way to gauge exactly how long teething lasts, but fortunately, no matter the age or stage of teething your child is in, there are multiple ways that you can help soothe them and bring relief. One of the best ways that you can help your baby or toddler is by providing a variety of fun and engaging teething toys for babies!

When Do Babies Start Teething?

Think you love your baby’s gummy grin now? Wait until cute little chompers make an appearance. The process of getting that first row of tiny teeth, however, isn’t much fun—for your baby or for you.

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Teething, like crawling, walking and talking, is an important milestone that shows your child is on the right track developmentally, says Tanny Josen, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist at Kid Island Dental in Long Island, New York. Although appearance is the first thing many think of when teeth are mentioned, your baby’s pearly whites will be essential for much more.

Type of Development: Physical and Language

Your baby’s teeth will help allow her to eat a well-rounded diet. Without them, she could be stuck eating pureed everything, forever. Tooth eruption means your child is acquiring the ability to tear into meat, bite into a plum, and chew beans, so teething has an indirect effect on her gaining weight, strengthening immunity, and improving bone and brain development.

Another perk: Your baby’s teeth will help her emerging language skills. “As babies acquire teeth and can increasingly bite and chew more textured foods, they are exercising and building the underlying oral-motor musculature for speech development of the jaw, cheeks, tongue, and lips,” says Sherry Artemenko, a speech-language pathologist and founder of Play on Words. Plus, your child will need to use her teeth for developing later sounds like /f/, /th/ or /sh/, she adds.

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When to Expect Teething to Begin

“Most babies’ teeth begin to erupt between the ages of 4 to 6 months, though for some it may be earlier or later,” Dr. Josen says. And no matter what Grandma says, when your child’s first tooth pops in, it has nothing to do with smarts. “The age the baby cuts his or her first tooth depends on family history of teething and nothing more,” says Jill Lasky, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group in Los Angeles. So, if you got your teeth early, your child probably will too. Same thing if you were late.

Typically, the two bottom front teeth (central incisors) are the first to erupt, followed by the four upper front teeth (central and lateral incisors). But variations in the order may occur and don’t warrant any concern, Dr. Josen says. Your child should have a full set of primary (baby) teeth by the time he’s almost three.

Some toddlers won’t get their first tooth until 18 months, and that can be normal, but a child who doesn’t have any teeth by 18 months should see their dentist to confirm the presence of teeth in the mouth, says Carrie M. Brown, M.D., a pediatrician in Little Rock, Arkansas. In rare cases, some medical conditions prevent the body from forming teeth.

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Teething Symptoms and Milestones

How do you know when a baby is teething? Not all will have teething symptoms, but for those who do, the arrival of their pearly whites can cause a whole lot of misery. “Symptoms a child may have when teething are drooling, which can cause a rash on the chin or face; gum swelling and sensitivity; irritability; biting; or sleep problems,” Dr. Josen says.

A low-grade fever (less than 101 degrees F., taken rectally) is also common, and may be due to gum inflammation. But if it’s accompanied by a runny nose, a bout of diarrhea, or other strange symptoms, call your pediatrician. Dr. Lasky says teething doesn’t cause these symptoms. “Instead, the tiny open wounds in the gums that result from the teeth erupting makes it more likely for the baby to catch a little bug,” she explains. (In the case of diarrhea, it could be due to a change in diet: Teething babies are typically trying various solid foods for the first time.)

You can do quite a few things to help your teething baby. Cold will help numb the gums naturally. “I recommend chilling—not freezing—a wet washcloth or a toy that you feel comfortable having your baby chew on,” Dr. Lasky says. Make sure the toy is age-appropriate, BPA-free, and nontoxic. If you choose to use a washcloth, chill a few in a plastic food-storage bag so they’ll be on hand when your child needs one.

Rubbing his gums with a clean finger or giving him cold food (like applesauce or pureed fruit) or drinks may also reduce the pain. If nothing is helping, check with your pediatrician, who may recommend that you use an over-the-counter pain reliever for babies, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Aspirin is off-limits for children because it is associated with Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious and life-threatening condition.

A couple of pain relief methods you shouldn’t turn to are teethers (also known as teething rings) and topical teething gels. “The teeth could puncture the teether and your baby could ingest the substance inside,” Dr. Lasky says. The FDA warns against using over-the-counter topical numbing preparations because they can be toxic to babies. Symptoms of teething usually disappear when the tooth breaks through the gum.

Red Flags to Watch Out For

Premature and low-birthweight babies may experience delays in when their first tooth erupts. If your baby isn’t showing any signs of sprouting a tooth by his first birthday, discuss it with the pediatrician. If your child seems ill and you suspect she’s teething, inspect her gums. If they’re swollen and you can feel at least one tooth-size lump, teething’s in progress. Contact your pediatrician if any of the following symptoms are also present:

  • high fever, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • the gums are red or blue instead of pink (this usually indicates an eruption cyst, a swelling of the gums above an erupting tooth; although most cysts are benign, it’s best to have them checked)
  • the gums have lesions or bumps
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Hands in the mouth, chewing on everything, drool everywhere, fussy, and waking up at night? Is it a tooth, or teething?

Is your baby starting to teethe? Hands in the mouth, chewing on everything, and non-stop drool is pretty common in the 4 month old baby set. These are developmental behaviors we commonly call “teething,” but most likely, it will still be three or four more months before the glint of the very first tooth ever pokes through.

After your baby is about ten weeks or so, expect to find his hands or fingers in his mouth more and more. Once your baby can get his fingers or objects to the mouth, he will. Eventually, your baby will try to get his entire hand into his mouth, practice making himself gag, and begin to hold and gnaw away on teethers and toys. This is accompanied by increased saliva production without the skill or social niceties to swallow it down, so you’ll see plenty of drool. The increased saliva production is related to the constant mouthing of fingers and toys, and is also a sign of a maturing digestive tract, the body’s preparation for beginning to eat solid foods.

Is it teething?

Cutting the first tooth. Statistically, the first tooth most commonly erupts, or cuts, during during the seventh month. The two center bottom teeth (central incisors) typically arrive one at a time or as a pair, followed by their neighbor teeth on either side, and then followed by the two center top teeth, and then their neighbors. Although most babies follow this predictable tooth eruption pattern, there’s no reason to worry if your baby cuts teeth “out of order.” All 20 baby teeth are in there, perfectly formed, and will make their way out over the next 18 months.

Best mouthing toys & teethers. The perfect teething toys for young babies are lightweight, small enough for little mouths and satisfying to chew, and are easy to grasp and hold. Clean your baby’s teethers regularly with a little dish soap and warm water, and let them air dry. Fabric toys can usually be washed in a pillowcase or lingerie bag in the laundry. Offer different textured toys (hard, soft, chewy) and fabric toys to see what your baby loves best.

Does that look like a tooth back there? You might notice a whitish dot along your new baby’s gum line or on the roof of the mouth. The first teeth to erupt are usually the bottom central incisors. A hard white bump elsewhere in the mouth may look like the tip of an early tooth, but it’s more likely a temporary cyst common in young babies. Called Bohn’s Nodules or Epstein’s Pearls, depending on the location, they cause no discomfort and will go away without treatment.

Sleep and Teething. Some babies seem to fret at night for weeks before cutting a single tooth, while other babies will surprise you one morning with a brand new tooth poking out of a gummy smile. If you believe your baby is waking up and uncomfortable from teething, it’s okay to try an occasional dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, if baby is over six months) using the dosage advised based on your infant’s weight. However, don’t medicate your baby night after night for teething pain. Sleep disruptions are common between 4 and 5 months and are often due to developmental advancements like rolling. Sleep associations become more important to help your baby fall back to sleep after brief awakenings. If several nights of sleep disruption persist with no sign of a tooth emerging, speak with your pediatrician for suggestions.

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Start oral care even before teeth arrive. Just wipe your baby’s gums with your finger covered in a dampened gauze square or washcloth a couple of times each day. By six months, try to build this into the bedtime routine after the last feeding, so that by the time your baby does have several teeth, the oral care is already a familiar habit. Once your baby has several teeth, you can switch to using a soft toothbrush.

What about fluoride for babies? Fluoride is important to protect the tooth enamel and to help prevent cavities (dental caries). Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association recommend using fluoridated water for your baby’s drinking water and cooking. If tap water does not contain fluoride, nursery water can be used, or fluoride drops added. The AAP now advises introducing a tiny rice-sized smear of toothpaste with fluoride once the first teeth erupt. Check with your pediatrician for recommendations.

What Are Epstein’s Pearls?

No cause for concern here. It sounds like your little sweetie’s got a harmless case of Epstein’s pearls, also known as gingival cysts. These protruding bumps are actually quite common in newborns — the National Institutes of Health reports that 80 percent of babies develop them at one point or another during infancy.

These benign nodules, which range from one to three millimeters in size (less than a tenth of an inch) and appear on the roof of a baby’s mouth just behind her gums, are perfectly harmless. Similar-looking cysts can appear in other areas of your little one’s mouth, in which case they are known as Bohn’s nodules (also benign). These cysts contain epithelial cells (which act as a barrier to keep out dirt and microbes in the environment) as well as mucous membranes. You’ll find the same combination in the layers of moist tissue that line your baby’s urogenital, digestive and respiratory tracts.

As painful as they may look, Epstein’s pearls are painless — good news for your baby (and you).

How do these bumps form?

During the first trimester of pregnancy, the two halves of a baby’s jaw and palate begin to fuse together. This often causes mucous membranes to become trapped along the midline within the skin pockets, causing the little bumps you’re seeing now.

How are Epstein’s pearls diagnosed?

Your pediatrician will examine your baby’s mouth to rule out similar-looking conditions like thrush, a yeast infection of the mucous membranes lining a baby’s mouth and tongue, or, more rarely, actual teeth called natal teeth, which are present at birth and could be irritating when nursing (for both a mom and her baby), cause injury to the tongue, or present a risk of swallowing.

What is the treatment for Epstein’s pearls?

There is no treatment necessary for Epstein’s pearls. They generally go away within a few weeks, often dissolving as the result of friction with the nipple while nursing or drinking from a bottle.

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Your Infant’s Mouth

Teeth at Birth?

Soon after an infant is born, a doctor or nurse practitioner thoroughly examines his or her body, including the mouth. Most of the time a baby’s gums, tongue and soft palate are normally developed and ready for action. But sometimes there are harmless variations that may surprise some parents.

  • Epstein’s pearls— These small, white, pearl-like spots appear on the roof of the mouth. These bumps are harmless and tend to disappear within a few weeks.
  • Bohn’s nodules— These small, white, pearl-like spots appear on the roof of the mouth. These bumps are harmless and tend to disappear within a few weeks.
  • Inclusion cysts— These small bumps appear along the crest of the gum ridge. They are harmless.
  • Natal and neonatal teeth—Some infants are born with one or more teeth. They are called natal teeth. Some babies have teeth emerge into the mouth within the first 30 days of life. These are called neonatal teeth. Because these are primary (baby) teeth, not extra teeth, it is a good idea to keep them if possible. However, sometimes natal or neonatal teeth may have to be removed. Removal may be best if they are likely to come loose or if they interfere with feeding or significantly irritate the tongue or lip.

Caring for Your Infant’s Mouth

Your baby doesn’t have teeth, but you should still clean his or her mouth.

It is a good idea to get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s gums soon after birth. Although there may be a little fussing at first, your infant will get used to having the mouth cleaned like other parts of the body. Many children grow to enjoy toothbrushing as part of their daily routine.

To clean your baby’s mouth:

  • Lay your infant in your lap. The head should be close to your chest so you can look down directly into your child’s mouth.
  • Clean the gums by rubbing a clean, damp, washcloth along the baby’s upper and lower gums. You can also use terrycloth finger cots, which fit over the finger and are made for this purpose. They are sold in many drugstores.
  • When the teeth come into the mouth, switch to a soft-bristled, infant-sized toothbrush. Unless your dentist recommends otherwise, start using a toothpaste with fluoride. For children who are younger than 3 years, use only a “smear” of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) on the bristles of the toothbrush.
  • Follow these steps at least twice a day — once after breakfast and once after the last feeding of the day.

Teething

Between 3 and 9 months, your infant’s baby teeth will begin to erupt (emerge into the mouth). The process starts with the lower two front teeth (incisors). Timing varies considerably among children. However, the order is very predictable. After the four incisors come in on both the lower and upper jaw, the first molars erupt. They are followed by canines (eye teeth) and then the second molars further back in the mouth. Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by age 2½ or 3.

Teething can go by almost unnoticed or can be stressful for parents and children alike. It may make your child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite. However, teething has not been shown to cause other childhood symptoms such as fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

You can ease your child’s teething discomfort by:

  • Giving him or her a hard or cold teething ring to chew on
  • Applying pressure over the gums by rubbing them with a clean finger

Sucking Habits

It is completely normal and healthy for your baby or young child to suck on a thumb, finger or pacifier. It’s not something you need to be alarmed about or discourage. Sucking is a natural reflex. It’s something your baby did in the womb.

Children usually give up sucking habits on their own by the time they are 3 to 4 years old. If they stop the habit at this age, the shape of the jaw is usually not affected. The teeth should grow in normally. However, some children find the sucking habit hard to break. Children who are still sucking on a pacifier, finger or thumb when their permanent (adult) teeth start to come in are more likely to have bite problems.

Sucking can cause:

  • The top front teeth to slant out
  • The bottom front teeth to tilt in
  • The upper and lower jaws to be misaligned
  • The roof of the mouth to be narrower side to side

The amount of distortion caused by sucking depends on how often, how long and how intensely the child sucks. It also is affected by the type of object that the child is sucking on.

To help an older child break a sucking habit, it is important to explain clearly why the habit can be harmful. Be supportive and encouraging, and praise your child’s efforts to end the habit. If the child sucks a finger or pacifier because of a stressful situation, it can be very helpful to address the source of the stress.

When needed, dentists can provide appliances that correct distortions created by the sucking habit and help the child stop the habit.

Here are a few ways parents can encourage their child to quit sucking a finger or thumb.

  • Use positive reinforcement.
  • Track progress by noting every successful day using a sticker or star on a chart.
  • Put an adhesive bandage on the finger as a reminder, or have your child wear a mitten when sleeping.
  • Take the finger out of your child’s mouth after he or she falls asleep.

Pacifier Tips
If your child uses a pacifier, make sure it is always used safely.

Never fasten a pacifier on a string or necklace around your child’s neck. Your child could accidentally be strangled.

Choose a pacifier that:

  • Is one piece rather than several parts
  • Has ventilating holes on the sides
  • Is large enough so that your child can’t swallow it
  • Is made of a flexible, nontoxic material
  • Has a handle that is easy to grasp

Always check the pacifier before giving it to your child. Make sure there are no rips or tears. If there are, replace it. Never dip a pacifier in honey or any other sweet substance before giving it to your baby. This could lead to serious tooth decay.

When Do Babies Start Teething? Basics, Symptoms and Signs

When your baby’s first tooth shows up, you might be taken by surprise (“Ow! Was that just a bite?”), or you might just finally understand what all those strange symptoms were about. Look out for these common signs your baby is teething:

Teething Symptoms

  • Drooling
  • Rash
  • Coughing and/or gag reflex
  • Biting
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Refusing to eat
  • Night waking
  • Ear pulling and cheek rubbing

Every baby experiences the start of teething differently: Some have virtually no symptoms, while others suffer through teething pain and fussiness for months. But if you know the signs to look out for, the timing of baby teething, and home remedies you can use to alleviate teething discomfort, it can make it easier for your baby (and you) to get through this particular milestone.

Teething symptoms can precede the actual appearance of a tooth by as much as two or three months. Most babies get their first tooth around 6 months old, though when those first tiny pearly whites make their appearance can vary quite a bit from baby to baby. Some infants’ first teeth erupt as early as three months old, while others don’t get theirs until after the first birthday. In other words, there’s a wide range of normal in terms of when teething in babies starts.

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9 Common Teething Symptoms

How do you know if your baby is teething? What symptoms should you look out for? Your little one is not likely to understand why he feels so achy, wakes up with soreness in his mouth or is bothered by an itchy chin. Here are the top teething symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  1. Drooling

    It’s hard to believe so much fluid can come from the mouths of tiny babes, but teething stimulates drooling, and the waterworks are on for many babies starting from about 10 weeks to three or four months of age or older. If you find that your baby’s shirts are constantly soggy, fasten on a bib to keep her more comfortable (and cleaner), and gently wipe her chin throughout the day to stave off chapping.

  2. Teething rash

    If your teething baby is drooling, the constant drip may cause chafing, chapping, redness and rashes around her mouth and chin (and even on her neck). Patting it away will help prevent her skin from taking a hit. You can also create a moisture barrier with Vaseline or Aquaphor, and moisturize with a gentle, unscented skin cream as needed. Have some nursing cream (like Lansinoh) on hand? It’s great for protecting tender baby skin, too.

  3. Coughing and/or gag reflex

    All that drool can make babies gag and cough (you’d choke too with a mouthful of spit). But it’s not cause for concern if your baby has no other signs of cold, flu or allergies.

  4. Biting

    Pressure from teeth poking through under the gums causes baby a lot of discomfort — which can be relieved by counterpressure (aka chewing and biting). Teething babies will gum whatever they can find, from teething rings and rattles to your soon-to-be sore nipples (if you’re breastfeeding) and fingers.

  5. Crying

    Some babies breeze through teething with nary a whimper, while others suffer from a good deal of pain due to the inflammation of tender gum tissue — which they feel compelled to share with you in the form of whining or crying. First teeth usually hurt the most (as do the molars, because they’re bigger), although most babies eventually get used to what teething feels like and aren’t quite so bothered later on. Talk to your doctor about when to offer pain relievers like infant acetaminophen.

  6. Irritability

    Your baby’s mouth will ache as that little tooth presses on the gums and pokes up to the surface, and, not surprisingly, it’ll probably make her feel out of sorts. Some babies may be irritable for just a few hours, but others can stay fussy for days or even weeks.

  7. Refusing to eat

    Uncomfortable, cranky babies yearn to be soothed by something in their mouths — whether a bottle or the breast. But the suction of nursing may make a teething infant’s sore gums feel worse. For that reason, teething babies can be fussy about feedings (and get more frustrated as neither their discomfort nor their hungry tummies find relief). Those eating solid foods may also refuse to eat while they’re teething. Keep at it, and call your pediatrician if the strike lasts more than a few days.

  8. Night waking

    The teething fairy doesn’t only work days. As your baby’s little chompers start to emerge, her discomfort may disrupt her nighttime slumber (even if she previously slept through the night). Before offering comfort, see if she can settle herself back to sleep; if she’s still restless, soothe her with patting or lullabies but avoid a return to overnight feedings (which will come back to haunt you when this phase has passed).

  9. Ear pulling and cheek rubbing

    Babies whose teeth are coming in may tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin. The reason? Gums, ears and cheeks share nerve pathways, and so an ache in the gums (especially from erupting molars) can travel elsewhere. (Babies with ear infections will also yank on their ears, so check with your pediatrician if you suspect your little one may be bothered by more than just teething.)

The type and severity of these symptoms vary widely from baby to baby — for one, teething means lots of pain and big-time tears, while another might breeze right through to a mouth full of teeth without a complaint. But you can probably expect to see at least some, and maybe many, of these symptoms. Hang in there, Mom!

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In What Order Do Baby Teeth Appear?

The most common first teeth are the two in the bottom center of the mouth, followed by the two in the top center. Then the pattern typically goes outward with the lateral incisors, which are in the next spot over, followed by the first molars, or the molars closest to the opening of baby’s mouth. After that come the canines on either side of the lateral incisors and last are the second molars in the very back.

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The 8 Best Teething Remedies

You can help alleviate your baby’s teething discomfort with these mom-tested remedies:

  1. Chewing. Teething babies love to chew, and for good reason: The gumming action provides counter-pressure, which relieves the aching of new pearly whites pushing up and out into the mouth. Bumpy rubber teething rings, rattles and other chewy, soft toys work well (including, as your baby has probably figured out, the plastic bumper on a crib rail). Chewing is even more effective when the object is cold and numbs the gums. Keep a supply of teething toys or wet washcloths in the fridge, rather than the freezer — very cold comfort can hurt sensitive gums just as much as an erupting tooth does.
  2. Counterpressure. Your clean finger, teething toys with nubbly edges or a soft, wet toothbrush (no toothpaste) rubbed firmly on baby’s gums can provide the same soothing counterpressure as teething rings and wet cloths. Your baby may balk at first because it might hurt initially, but it soon brings relief.
  3. Cold drinks. A bottle of cold water can offer chilly relief to achy gums for babies over six months (when water can be introduced). If baby doesn’t take a bottle, you can give (ice-free) water in a cup.
  4. Cold food. Refrigerated food such as yogurt, blended peaches and applesauce (once they’ve already been introduced to your baby) can be more appetizing than warm or room temperature treats, and can ease achy gums. Or give frozen fruits like bananas and plums in a baby feeder mesh bag (so large chunks of food can’t pose a choking risk), but only under adult supervision and with baby sitting or propped upright.
  5. Pain relief. If chewing, rubbing and sucking chilly foods don’t do the trick, break out the baby acetaminophen — but only after checking with your pediatrician.
  6. Comfort. Extra snuggles, kisses and lots of patience are what a teething baby craves.
  7. Avoid numbing agents. Using rubbing alcohol on your baby’s gums is a no-go, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns against using topical numbing agents, which can put children under age 2 at risk for reduced oxygen levels in the blood. The FDA also says parents should avoid any herbal or homeopathic teething gels and other meds, especially since some contain an ingredient that can cause heart problems and drowsiness.
  8. Avoid amber teething necklaces. There’s no medical evidence to suggest that amber teething necklaces work, and most pediatricians advise against them, in large part because they can pose a choking hazard.

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What Not to Worry About and When to Call the Doctor

Teething can cause bleeding under the gums, which may look like a bluish lump in baby’s mouth. It’s nothing to be concerned about and can be relieved with a cool, wet washcloth.

While some parents swear that low-grade fever and diarrhea are teething symptoms, doctors are divided on whether that’s true. But like inflammation anywhere else in the body, inflamed gums can sometimes produce a low-grade fever. So if your little one does develop a temperature of under 101 degrees while she’s cutting a tooth, it could be caused by swelling of the gums and isn’t anything to worry about. If the fever continues for more than three days, if it’s higher than 101 degrees or if it’s accompanied by any other symptoms of illness, call your pediatrician.

The same goes for diarrhea, which some parents speculate can be caused by all the extra drool that gets swallowed when a baby is teething. It’s not cause for concern, either, but if it lasts for more than two bowel movements, give your child’s doctor a call.

What Milestones Can I Expect My Baby to Hit Next?

Around the time your child’s first tooth erupts, you’ll likely be ready to start her on solids. In a few months, your baby’s fine motor skills will develop, which means she’ll be able to pick up and eat finger foods all on her own.

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Whenever that first tooth does appear mind, one thing that usually remains the same is the order in which baby teeth pop through. It’s usually the two middle incisors that come through first on the bottom gum followed by the top two (cue that very cute new smile!). Then two more, one on either side of the first two. Then it’s the first molars, the canines and eye teeth, top first again then bottom. FINALLY the big teeth right at the back, the second molars, appear (often causing a bit of trouble on their way).

By the time your baby is two and a half years old, he or she should have a full set of twenty teeth – ten on the top and ten on the bottom – which they’ll keep until they are about six years old.

It’s a great idea to take your child for their first trip to the dentist about six months after that first tooth erupts. If you have any questions about the specifics of your baby’s teething, then this is the perfect time to ask.

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How can I help my teething baby?

Teething is one of those mixed-bag milestones. You anxiously await for baby’s first tooth, and then realize it comes with plenty of drool, sleep disruption and crankiness.

Here’s what you need to know about teething, from tooth timing to symptoms to dental care.

WHEN DO BABIES START TEETHING?

According to Anastasia Williams, a pediatrician at Olde Towne Pediatrics in Manassas, Virginia, parents can generally expect to see the first tiny white chompers poking through between 4- and 7-months-old. (That said, it can also happen earlier or much later.

“It’s a process, and it’s not like babies have read the timelines — I’ve seen children who didn’t get their first two teeth until they were past one year,” Williams says. Although there are some cases where late teething might signal a health issue such as a genetic disorder, as long as your child doesn’t have other health concerns, it’s nothing to stress about.

WHICH TEETH WILL COME FIRST?

“The first teeth that emerge in a baby are either her upper or lower front teeth, which are also called the central incisors,” says Christina Johns, a pediatrician and senior medical advisor at PM Pediatrics in Lake Success, New York.

The exact order can vary, but the American Academy of Pediatrics has a teething timeline chart that gives the typical progression. After the two pairs of central incisors, parents might see the lateral incisors (the four teeth that flank them), the first molars, the canines (also called cuspids, which aare the pointy ones) and, finally, second molars. Most children finish cutting teeth between the ages of 2 and 3.

IS IT TRUE SOME BABIES ARE BORN WITH TEETH?

Yes. A “natal tooth,” as it’s called, is simply a baby tooth that’s made an early debut. According to Johns, it’s extremely rare, occuring in about one in every 2000 newborns. “If the tooth is loose at birth, it will likely need to be removed because a baby can choke on it,” she says.

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SIGNS OF TEETHING:

Teething babies are often fussy, especially in the days right before the tooth pokes through, with pain that may seem to be especially bothersome at night. Williams shared a few of the main symptoms she sees.

  1. Drooling
  2. Fist biting
  3. Visible swelling in the gums
  4. Ear pulling: “Babies tend to grab the first thing they encounter in the general area of the mouth and cheek, which is the ear,” says Johns. However, ear pulling is not a sign of any other ear problem. “Some parents also ask me if teething causes ear infections, and the answer is most definitely not,” says Williams.

CAN TEETING CAUSE A FEVER?

The short answer: If the fever is higher than 100.4 degrees, you can’t blame teething. “Sometimes with teething we may see very slightly elevated temperatures of say 100 or 100.2, but we don’t consider this a true fever,” says Williams, who adds that a temperature reading of 100.4 or greater warrants at least a call to your doctor, as it’s more likely that your baby has picked up a virus. “A popular saying in pediatrics is ‘the only thing that teething truly causes is teeth,’ which is a simplification because you do also have increased saliva and discomfort, but the spirit is true,” says Johns.

HOW TO HELP A TEETHING BABY:

  1. Over the counter pain meds: Both doctors suggest Tylenol for younger babies and ibuprofen for those older than six months. “That pain is real and can wake them—Tylenol really does help and ibuprofen, which lasts up to eight hours, can get them through almost a full night,” says Williams.
  2. Gum massage: Williams suggests simply washing your hands and massaging your baby’s gums.
  3. Chewing/gnawing at frozen things: Johns suggests a frozen wet washcloth or frozen fruit in a mesh feeder bag designed especially for babies. “Anything that is cold and cannot easily break off into a piece that could be a choking hazard will do the trick,” she says. Williams cautions against using liquid filled teething toys because they can leak.

THINGS TO AVOID GIVING TEETHING BABIES:

  1. Homeopathic remedies and teething tablets: Doctors are adamant about avoiding these since they aren’t regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
  2. Necklaces: Both doctors noted that necklaces, such as amber teething beads, may break and become choking hazards.
  3. Numbing agents: Any teething remedies (such as gels) with numbing agents like lidocaine or benzocaine, which can, according to the Food & Drug Administration, cause as “life-threatening” reactions in infants and young children by reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood.

HOW LONG DOES TEETHING LAST?

Although it can feel like it’s going to go on forever, there is an end in sight. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children get their final two pairs, the second (or back) molars, sometime between 23 and 33 months, with the lower ones generally coming in first. By age three, your little one should have a complete set of 20 teeth, and kids tend to lose the first baby tooth around age 6.

WHEN SHOULD BABIES HAVE THE FIRST DENTIST VISIT?

“Babies should be seen by a pediatric dentist after their first tooth erupts or by 12 months,” says Johns, and then typically every six months. If you’re worried about your little one getting wiggly or anxious, Williams suggests finding a pediatric dentist, who will be especially skilled at dealing with younger kids and can offer fun incentives like videos during the exam and toys at the end.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY BABY’S TEETH? IS FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE SAFE?

It’s never too early to start getting your little one used to the idea of having her mouth cleaned. “Even before the first tooth appears, I suggest that parents start by using a clean, wet washcloth to wipe down their baby’s mouth and gums in the morning and before bedtime, and after meals,” says Johns. Once those pearly whites come in, an infant toothbrush and the tiniest dab of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) is all you need, morning and night.

Once children can be trusted to spit out toothpaste, usually around age 3, you can switch to about a pea-sized drop. “It’s a good idea to supervise until they are at least 6 or 7 so that they are using the proper method and not swallowing the toothpaste,” says Johns.

Another way to prevent cavities is by drinking fluoridated water, which the American Dental Association says can prevent up to 25 percent of cavities in both children and adults. “So many people drink bottled water now, but starting at six months, babies should have a few ounces of filtered tap water each day,” says Williams.

Soothe a Teething Baby

What works to soothe a friend’s baby might not work for yours. You may need to try different things to help your little one feel better.

Often, something cold in your baby’s mouth helps. Try a cold pacifier, spoon, clean wet washcloth, or a solid (not liquid) refrigerated teething toy or ring. Some experts say frozen teething toys are too cold and may hurt your baby’s mouth. Make sure to clean teething toys, washcloths, and other items after the baby uses them.

Babies — especially those who are teething — love to chew. It’s OK to let your baby chew as much as she wants. Just make sure you know what she’s putting into her mouth and that it’s safe and clean.

A hard, unsweetened teething cracker can be comforting. If your baby is older than 6-9 months, you can offer cool water from a sippy cup, too.

You can also massage her gums by gently rubbing them with your clean finger. If the teeth haven’t come in yet, you can let your baby gnaw on your finger.

If you’re nursing your baby, try dipping your fingers in cool water and massaging her gums before each feeding. That may keep her from biting your nipple while nursing.

Baby Teething: When Does It Start And What To Expect?

Like most parents, you’re concerned with knowing if your infant is healthy as they reach their milestones. So you ask the question, when will my baby start teething?

After all, you want to be as prepared as possible, so you and your child can make it through this tricky time as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

Ok, when will baby teething happen?

Firstly, like all developmental milestones (walking, talking, smiling, moving out of home…), there’s a broad range of ‘normal’. Most infants get their first tooth around six months but some can start as early as three months or as late as one year.

Generally, by your child’s third birthday they’ll have all their baby teeth. The first teeth to emerge, adding charming character to their smile, are the front teeth on the bottom jaw. Shortly followed by the front teeth in the upper jaw. The last teeth to arrive are the molars on both top and bottom. (See the chart below).

Baby teething chart:

The first baby tooth can come in at around the 6-month mark at the front. The last teeth to erupt are the molars at the back with the last one around 3 years of age.

You may call your baby’s first set of teeth ‘milk’ teeth, primary teeth or ‘deciduous’ teeth (deciduous because they ultimately fall out, replaced by our adult teeth). All up we grow 20 milk teeth, which are eventually replaced by 32 adult teeth, including wisdom teeth

Common signs of teething

For years people believed that teething causes fever and diarrhoea, however, research shows teething isn’t to blame. If your child is showing these signs, it’s more likely due to a cold or another bug. You should see your General Practitioner for treatment options.

There are some common signs that your baby might be teething. Each baby is different some may get all of them, some none

You may notice some, or a combination of, these baby teething signs if your baby is teething:

(Note: not all babies show signs of teething.)

#1: Red gums and blistering

Teething causes swollen gums, which have a bright red appearance. In some cases, a small blister may appear where the tooth is pushing through the gums.

#2: Trouble eating

Mealtime becomes a little more difficult when your child is teething. The gums are sore and swollen, making sucking and swallowing painful.

#3: Tears & irritation

Teething babies may be extra teary and irritable due to the pain and discomfort in their gums.

#4: Sleeping trouble

Your child may be restless at nap time with a bit of pain as teeth work their way through and ‘cut’ the gums.

#5: Drooling

Teething causes extra saliva production which means more drool.

#6: Chewing objects & fingers

Your child may start gnawing anything they can get into their mouth. Chewing is a self-soothing technique that relieves pressure from the emerging teeth.

#7: Face Rash

The extra saliva produced during teething dries the skin around the lips and may result in a rash.

Soothing a teething baby

Teething is a tough time for parents because the overwhelming desire is to take away your child’s pain. This is a normal part of your child’s development, and nothing beats a little TLC to soothe a teething baby.

Some baby teething options to consider include:

Teething rings or mittens:

While teething, babies chew on anything they get into their mouths. Biting relieves the pain, and teething rings or mittens are a practical solution. Especially when you chill the teething ring before use (but do not freeze).

Teething gels:

Applying teething gel to the affected gums acts as a local anaesthetic. This provides some pain relief. Always ask the pharmacist to ensure they are suitable for your child’s age.

Brushing baby’s teeth

As soon as your baby’s teeth start to appear through their gums, you’ll need to start brushing their teeth. This is very important.

Invisible, plaque-causing bacteria feeds on the simple sugars in the food we eat, regardless of our age. Regular brushing removes food remnants, leaving less for any bacteria present. Until 18 months, brush your baby’s teeth with a soft baby toothbrush and just plain water.

To learn more about how to start cleaning your baby’s teeth, grab a copy of our Tiny Teeth Matter book. In it you’ll learn everything you need to know to keep your baby’s teeth healthy and in pristine condition.

A practical guide to help you look after your children’s teeth

The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry encourages your baby’s first visit around their first birthday. During this visit, your dentist will check your baby’s teeth and assess its healthy development. They’ll also share more advice on how to prevent early childhood decay.

  • Babies start teething at around 6 months of age.
  • The best way to soothe babies’ sore gums is by letting them chew on a safe, preferably cold, teething toy.
  • All babies should have their first dentist checkup by the time they turn 1 year old.

There are so many parts to raising babies that you have to work at: getting them to sleep, giving them tummy time to help them roll over, teaching them how to eat solid food, and so on. But the baby teeth? Those arrive no matter what you do, whether you’ve prepared yourself or not. And while you might not want to say goodbye to that gummy grin, it’s better to be at the ready. But when do babies start teething, anyway? And does the arrival of teeth come with all of the fevers, cries, and sore gums that everybody says? Donald L. Chi, D.D.S., Ph.D., 2018 recipient of the Pediatric Dentist of the Year award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), gives us the lowdown about what to expect when those teeth start popping through.

Generally, babies start teething by around six months.

Yes, you can expect those first pearly whites right around the half-year mark. “The front middle teeth come in first,” Dr. Chi says. “Then the first set of molars, the canines, and finally the second set of molars in the very back of the mouth.

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Babies have a total of 20 teeth — and most babies have a full set of teeth by age 3 years.” You can consult this handy baby teething chart to see where to look first.

One thing to watch out for: While newborns can be born with teeth, if you see something in your baby’s mouth at an extremely young age, it’s more likely to be what’s called Epstein’s Pearls, which are white cysts that occur in 75% to 80% of newborns, the AAPD notes. You should point them out to your pediatrician, but generally they tend to go away on their own, and don’t require treatment.

If your child doesn’t have any teeth by the time he turns 1, it’s not an immediate reason to worry — especially if you were a late bloomer when it comes to teeth, too. Still, “All babies should have their first visit to the dentist around the time the first tooth erupts — around age 6 months — or before their first birthday at the latest,” Dr. Chi says. Even if the first one hasn’t poked through the gums yet, schedule that visit.

There are clear symptoms of teething, but be careful about blaming your baby’s chompers for everything.

Teething has been associated with everything from drooling and irritability to even fevers and diarrhea. In fact, whenever a kid seems out of sorts between the ages of 0 and 2, a parent is likely to name teething as a culprit. But is it?

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“There are two common signs of teething: excess drooling and chewing on things like toys, books, and fingers,” Dr. Chi says. “Babies may also show signs of oral discomfort and irritability. Some people believe that teething leads to health problems like runny noses, fever, colds, and earaches, but these are myths. Babies teethe for about 2.5 years, from age 6 months to 3 years, which is a long time. The colds and minor illnesses that occur during this period of a baby’s life are unrelated to teething.”

The problem with trying to predict a tooth before you see it is that babies who are not teething can be irritable and drooly, too, as Slate reports:

found that no specific symptom occurred in more than 35 percent of teething infants. In other words, nonteething kids often seem like they’re teething, and teething kids don’t all have the same symptoms. What a nightmare for parents. “Despite hundreds of thousands of data points,” explains study co-author Michael Macknin, a Cleveland Clinic pediatrician, “we could not determine when a child was teething before a tooth appeared.”

So if your baby is running a high fever or comes down with a case of dreaded diarrhea, you can’t just blame the teeth, and it’s better to get things checked out by a doctor.

Teething babies are soothed by chewing.

When you’re sure that your baby is fussing because of tooth issues, it’s time to break out the teething rings and other toys that are safe to chew on. “Some babies like to chew on a parent’s finger with their gums or on a toothbrush,” Dr. Chi says. “There are also teething pacifiers that can be filled with small pieces of frozen fruit, which babies can chew. But parents should avoid medications like Anbesol, Orajel, Tylenol, and other products marketed for teething babies.”

“Pain relievers and medications that you rub on the gums are not necessary or useful since they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes,” a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) adds. “Some medication you rub on your child’s gums can even be harmful if too much is used and the child swallows an excessive amount. Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine. Belladonna and benzocaine are marketed to numb your child’s pain, but the FDA has issued warnings against both due to potential side effects.​”

In addition, the AAP warns against teethers that contain BPA, or teething necklaces or bracelets that are made out of amber, wood, marble or silicone. Besides the fact that long teething necklaces may be choking hazards, “the use of these necklaces is not supported by modern science,” the AAP says. Instead, the AAP recommends wetting a washcloth, freezing it, and letting the baby chew on the nice, cold fabric.

Once the teeth come out, you have to start taking care of them.

Yes, even though they’re baby teeth and fall out eventually — how you treat baby teeth now can affect the roots of the permanent teeth underneath. “In addition to visiting the dentist, there are two ways to care for baby teeth,” Dr. Chi says. “First, avoid added sugars, including sugary drinks, juice, and sweets. And then, brush the teeth and gums with a rice-grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Fluoride toothpaste is safe when used in such small amounts.”

Of course, your baby might not be a willing participant — which is all the more reason to go in for that checkup. “Brushing a baby’s teeth can be challenging,” Dr. Chi says. “Dentists can show parents ways to make brushing easier.”

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Baby Teething: From Teething Charts to Teething Symptoms

When parents find their baby to be particularly drooly or fussy, the begin to ask when does a baby start teething. That’s because baby teething symptoms are purported to including a host of changes in demeanor, attitude, temperature, skin integrity, and even loose bowel movements. Which is to say baby teething is incredibly stressful for parents who are happy to blame it on all of their struggles. The perils of teething symptoms have even inspired an entire industry built around baby teething remedies and teething toys – each with varying degrees of efficacy. Every parent deals with the teething process, and many spread anecdotes about what supposedly works. But Dr. Sean Boynes is a National Children’s Oral Health Foundation Dentist of Distinction and has medical science on his side. He recommends consulting science early.

“When your child begins teething, the most important thing you can do at this time establishes a dental home,” he advises. “Preventive care is key when it comes to oral health, which is why we recommend babies see a dentist when the first tooth appears. It also gives you and the dentist a chance to develop an ongoing relationship and personalized care to ensure there are no signs of particular concern.”

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Quick Guide for Parents with Teething Babies

  • Even the first tooth needs a dentist: baby teeth are temporary, but they are still important. Parents should establish a dental home when the first tooth appears.
  • Teething makes a baby cranky, not sick: there’s no evidence that fevers or diarrhea are caused by teething, but it can make babies irritable.
  • The later the tooth, the tougher it is: the first few teeth are sharp and erupt easily; later, flatter teeth are more painful and harder to relieve due to their position.
  • Chewing works best: there are a number of remedies for teething pain, but just letting the kids chomp down on a wet washcloth is best. Some remedies, like gels that contain benzocaine, may be dangerous.
  • Tooth care is for life: teething will end, but oral hygiene doesn’t. Good habits in childhood will carry through adulthood.

Teething gets blamed for more than it causes, but it can still be pretty uncomfortable. “It is very important for parents to learn to recognize normal timing and symptoms of teething,” says Boynes. “It might be the reason your baby is fussy, drooling excessively, particularly irritable, interested in chewing on hard items, or has tender and swollen gums.”

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How to Care for Baby Teeth

Teething is a process that does eventually end, but dental care doesn’t. Baby teeth are temporary, but they come in at developmentally important times. They emerge in time for the baby to start solid foods. They are crucial to proper speech development. And they last longer than parents may think, so cavities or other problems shouldn’t just be shrugged off.

“Caring for baby teeth means caring for your child’s teeth until they are age 11 or 12, which would be a long time for anyone to live with health issues associated with tooth decay,” says Boynes. “Once teeth emerge, parents should begin brushing twice daily using a small dab of fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush with a small head. Losing baby teeth too early can actually impact the development of permanent teeth.”

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How to Treat Baby Teething Symptoms

There is any number of teething relief products lining the pharmacy shelves, but a recent FDA consumer update should give any parent pause about over-the-counter treatments containing benzocaine. The most straightforward (and probably most effective) is just to let them chew, says Boynes. They’re going to chomp anyway, so parents might as well give them something appropriate to chew on.

“You can wet and wring a clean washcloth, place it in the refrigerator or freezer to chill, then let your baby chew on it,” says Boynes. “The cold helps soothe the pain, too. You can also massage your baby’s gums and provide them with safe chewing toys.”

Baby Teething Charts and Order of Eruption

Baby teeth, milk teeth, primary teeth, deciduous teeth – all these terms refer to the same thing. The first few chompers to appear are the lower incisors (the bottom two front teeth) that emerge as early as four months. They are not particularly dramatic, because they are very sharp and erupt easily, and they are cute as hell because babies are starting to get good at smiling. Then come the top two front teeth.

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The remaining teeth emerge from front to back; this baby teething chart can help parents see what is going on with their baby’s teeth and when. The specific timing is determined by genetics, but by age three most kids will have the full set. All in all, parents can expect two and a half years of low-key irritability and unreliable sleep.

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