Teeth actually start developing while your baby is in the womb and tooth buds form in the gums. Teeth break through one at a time over a period of months, and often – but not always – in this order:
Your baby is teething when his or her first set of teeth, called primary teeth, break through the gums.
The bottom two middle teeth first, then the top two middle ones, then the ones along the sides and back. They may not all come in straight, but don’t worry. They usually straighten out over time.
Normal time period of teething:
Teething usually begins around 6 months of age. But it is normal for teething to start at any time between 3 months and 12 months of age.
The lower front teeth usually come in first. Upper front teeth usually come in 1 to 2 months after the lower front teeth.
By the time your child is about 3 years old, he or she will have all 20 primary teeth.
Symptoms of teething:
Some babies get through teething with no problems at all, but many parents report that their babies do experience discomfort. The symptoms most likely to trouble a teether include:
- Irritability or fussiness
- Drooling (which can lead to a facial rash)
- Gum swelling and sensitivity
- Gnawing or chewing behavior
- Refusing food
- Sleep problems
Consult your doctor, if problem is getting severe
Tips to ease the distress:
Here are some tips to help your baby feel better while teething:
- Use a clean finger (or cold teething ring) to gently rub your baby’s gum for about 2 minutes at a time. Many babies find this soothing, although they may protest at first.
- Provide safe & Clean objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething rings.
- If needed, give your baby an over-the-counter pain reliever that is labeled for his or her specific age. Read and follow all instructions. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20, because it has been linked to Reye syndrome, a rare but serious disease.
- Just keep an eye on him and be mindful of choking.
Make sure that everything that your child put in his mound is clean… otherwise it can cause infection
Promote Dental Health:
You can give your child the best chance for healthy teeth and gums.
- Take measures to help prevent tooth decay in your child’s primary teeth. For example, as soon as your baby’s teeth come in, start cleaning them with a soft cloth or gauze pad. As more teeth erupt, clean teeth with a soft toothbrush, using only water for the first few months. Help to prevent baby bottle tooth decay by always taking a bottle out of your baby’s mouth as soon as he or she is finished. Clean your baby’s teeth after feeding, especially at night. When your baby starts eating solids, offer healthy foods that are low in sugar, and keep milk feedings during the night to a minimum.
- Schedule regular well-child visits with your child’s doctor. During these exams, the doctor will check your child’s dental health.
- Take your child to the dentist within 6 months of when your child’s first tooth comes in but no later than your child’s first birthday.