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Now Showing: Your Baby’s Teeth
The appearance of your baby’s teeth is a bit of a momentous occasion for any parent. It’s one more step in development. But when do baby teeth appear? When might a parent expect to see the little white visitors in their baby’s mouth?
When Do Teeth Appear?
The parents might be an indicator for when teeth show up, with early or late teeth arrivals in mom or dad being the same for their child.
Usually, the first tooth makes an appearance around the sixth or seventh month, but for some children, the teeth may be present as early as month two or three. In fact, there are rare instances where children are born with a tooth. If these teeth aren’t firmly in position, they may have to be removed for the safety of the newborn. You’ll want to talk to your pediatrician if your child was born with a tooth.
In What Order Do Teeth Appear?
Teeth arrive in a baby’s mouth in a fairly predictable order, though there are instances where the order is altered slightly. Generally, the bottom and top front teeth are first on the scene, followed by the teeth right next to them (the lateral incisors). Next up are the molars, and then the canine teeth. Lastly, somewhere around year two, your baby will have the second molars show up.
Once in a while, expected teeth do not grow in, and if this is the case, you should see your pediatrician or dentist.
Does Teething Hurt?
The first two to four teeth often cause the most discomfort for your baby, since it is a new experience for him or her.
Teething often means excessive drooling, which can irritate the skin around the mouth. A protective cream can help, but speak with your pediatrician if you notice a significant problem. Chilled teething rings can help numb the pain and give your baby something to chew (which he or she wants to do very much during this time), but if you feel something more is needed for pain, again, speak with your pediatrician. There are a number of options that are available, and your pediatrician can give you the best instruction on what to use and when.