When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

One of the most exciting infant milestones parents eagerly anticipate is the arrival of their baby's first tooth protruding through tender gums, signaling a transition toward toddlerhood. While eruption timing varies, knowing general averages, order and symptoms helps parents facing sleepless nights or messy feedings ensure emerging teeth develop healthily, preparing young children for learning to chew, speak, and smile confidently before their permanent dentition takes over.

Understanding the Timeline of Baby Teeth Eruption

While every infant's oral development differs, the first baby tooth typically emerges around 4-7 months as the pair of bottom front teeth known as the central incisors. By age 3, toddlers complete their full set of 20 deciduous teeth enabling proper chewing, speaking and smile aesthetics. However, the teething journey bringing about new teeth can prove quite distressing, even agonizing, for children – and in turn their exhausted parents trying to soothe crabby behavior stemming from swollen, inflamed gums. Understanding these common signs and timeline helps ensure interventions like cold chew toys, baby oral pain relievers and extra nurturing give tender new pearly whites the best chance to safely break through.

Signs of Teething

Knowing the signs of teething can help you better manage this phase. Some common signs include drooling, irritability, a slight rise in temperature, and a tendency to chew on hard objects. Some babies may also experience a decrease in appetite and disrupted sleep. Remember, these symptoms are temporary and will subside once the tooth breaks through the gum.

How to Soothe a Teething Baby

There are several ways to soothe a teething baby. You can offer a teething ring or a cold washcloth to chew on, gently massage their gums with a clean finger, or if the discomfort persists, consult with a pediatric dentist for safe over-the-counter remedies. It's also a good time to start instilling good oral hygiene habits.

Importance of Baby Teeth

Baby teeth play a crucial role in a child's development. They help in proper chewing and eating, assist in speech development, and hold space in the jaws for future permanent teeth. Therefore, it's essential to take care of baby teeth as soon as they come in. Regular dental check-ups can ensure they stay healthy and serve their purpose.

Schedule Your Child's Dental Check-up Today

At Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Julie Hantson and Dr. Amanda Alon are dedicated to ensuring your child's oral health is in top shape right from their first tooth. We understand that each child is unique, and we provide personalized, gentle care to make their dental visits enjoyable. Don't wait for a toothache to schedule your child's dental check-up. Call us today at (781) 205-1124 to request an appointment. Let's give your child the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile!

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