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Baby Teething


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry
Beautiful Black baby smiling after parents made appointment at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry in Sammamish, WABaby teething is the process in which the teeth start emerging through the gums in pairs. This process can be challenging for most parents and caregivers since it tends to be painful and irritating for the baby. You might be tempted to go for over-the-counter solutions, but those can eventually be risky for your child.

When Do Babies Start Teething?


The teething process differs for each baby. Some babies might start teething before they are even 4 months old, while others wait until after twelve months. However, most babies will start teething at around 6 months.

Symptoms


At times, baby teeth might emerge with no pain or discomfort. Other times, it is noticeable when you can see sore and inflamed gums, especially when they start emerging. Moreover, your baby may experience a mild fever. He or she might start tugging at their ears and drooling more than usual. They might also have flushed cheeks and a rash on their face from the extra drooling. Teething babies also have a lack of sleep from the discomfort and have a desire to chew or gnaw on things. Some people think that teething causes diarrhea, but not enough evidence supports this. You know your baby best and are advised to seek medical advice if there are symptoms that concern you.

The Order


Baby teeth tend to appear in a certain order. The bottom incisors are first to emerge at around 5 to 7 months, followed by top incisors, which emerge around 6-8 months. The top lateral incisors, followed by the bottom lateral incisors, emerge at 10 to 12 months. The first molars (back teeth) arrive at around 12 to 16 months, followed by the canines at 16 to 20 months. The last set to emerge is usually the second molars, emerging at 20 to 30 months.

It is important to note that most children will have all of their baby teeth in by the time they are between 2 and 3 years old. However, if this is not the case, you are advised to seek help from our team of dentists.

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