Everything you need to know about baby teething

Most babies start teething from around six months of age, but the teething can begin any time from three months to thirteen months of age. 

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In most cases the first tooth sprout between 4 to 7 months.

The first teeth are well known as milk teeth/primary teeth

In what order do baby teeth come out?

In what order do baby teeth come out

Before we discuss the order of appearance, let’s learn different types of teeth for easier understanding.

Baby teething types

  • Central incisors
  • Lateral incisors
  • Canine or cuspid
  • First molars
  • Second molars

Between five to ten months the lower middle teeth sprout which is known as lower central incisors. In very rare cases the upper central incisors emerge first. My son the upper central incisors appeared first which the doctor said happens in some babies.

Between six to twelve months the upper middle teeth or upper central incisors emerge.

At the age of nine months to 13 months, the upper lateral incisors come out. So on the upper row, your baby will have four teeth by 13 months.

At age ten months to 16 months, the lower lateral incisors sprout.

Between 12 months to 19 months, the upper first molar will emerge. Even the lower first molar will appear at the same time as the upper first molar.

At the age of 16 to 23 months the upper canine will appear filling the gap between the first molar and the incisors. The same case to lower canine it will appear when the baby is at age 16 to 23 months.

Between 20 to 33 months the lower second molar will poke out. In most cases, the second molar comes out on the bottom first.

At age 25 to 33 months the upper second molar will emerge.

 By the time most children reach three years they have developed a full set of 20 baby teeth and they can easily grid.

 The baby’s first teeth are not used for chewing but for biting. At this time most parents delay introducing solid food but enjoy giving them pureed food or soft solid food like egg yolk. They start chewing when the molars come out.

A simple summary of the above explanation

  • Lower Central Incisor emerges: 5-10 months
  • Upper Central Incisor emerges: 6-12 months
  • Upper Lateral Incisor emerges: 9-13 months
  • Lower Lateral Incisor emerges:10-16 months
  • Upper First Molar comes out: 12-19 months
  • Lower First Molar erupts: 12-19 months
  • Upper Canine or Cuspid erupts:16-23 months
  • Lower Canine or Cuspid erupts:16-23 months
  • Lower Second Molar sprouts: 20-33 months
  • Upper Second Molar erupts: 25-33 months

By the time your child is three years of age will have

Four central incisors

4lateral incisors

Four canines

Eight molars

What you need to know about your baby first teeth

The baby’s first teeth are smaller in size compared to permanent teeth.

Between the first teeth, they should be plenty of space to allow the future development of permanent teeth.

The children’s first teeth start to come out at age six years, and that’s when the permanent teeth will begin developing.

Where to go next after your baby’s teething development stage is taking care of your baby teeth.

How to take care of your baby teeth

There is a myth out there just because the baby’s first tooth is not permanent; it should not be taken care of or are not important. But this is wrong to prevent cavities and maintain baby teeth healthy they are supposed to be taken care of when the first tooth comes out.

It is a good idea to start taking care of your baby’s gum even before the first tooth erupts. Wipe the baby gum using a wet washcloth.

Cleaning the baby gum before the tooth emerges helps make it easier for the baby to get used to having her mouth cleaned as part of her daily routine. So the transition from a clean washcloth to a toothbrush with tiny fluoride will be easy.

As soon as the first tooth comes out brush them twice a day using baby size toothbrush. Brush in the morning and at night before sleeping.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) smear of tiny fluoride toothpaste  (about the size of a grain of rice) once they cut their first teeth and gradually increase the amount to a pea-sized when they can spit it out well at around age 2-3.

Fluoride prevents tooth decay; strengthens tooth enamel making it more resistant to harmful bacteria and acids.

Also, make sure when the baby’s first teeth emerge you may need to start a dental clinic visit. At the visit, the provider should have a look at your baby tooth.

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