Teething can be a challenging time for both babies and parents, but with patience and understanding it can be manageable. In this blog, we’ll discuss the signs that your baby is teething, in what order the baby teeth arrive, how to take care of your baby’s teeth, and when to see the dentist.
At What Age Do Babies Start Teething?
The first teeth often emerge between 6 and 12 months of age, though in some cases the teeth may appear earlier or later. The most common sign is painful gums which you can identify by observing your baby closely for any chewing activity like gnawing on fists/digits; drooling when they are feeling uncomfortable but not enough to cause havoc with other bodily functions (such as sleeping), fussiness during mealtimes, because this means one thing – teething!
When Does Teething End?
The duration of the teething process can vary. At some point between your child’s second and third birthdays, however, your child will have a full set of 20 primary teeth! This means that throughout these two years there will be many changes happening with their mouth – including soreness due to new arrivals pushing through.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Teething In Babies?
The symptoms of teething can start as early as three to four days before your child’s first teeth come through the gums, or they may not show any signs at all! Some signs of teething in babies are:
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to pay attention because it could mean that your baby is about ready for their first tooth! However, if your baby suffers from fever, rash, or diarrhea, during this period, then contact a Pediatrician or a Pediatric Dentist.
In What Order Do Baby Teeth Arrive?
The process of tooth development can be a little different for every child, but here’s what you might expect:
What If Teething Starts Late?
It’s important to remember that teeth come in when they want and not before. If your baby’s teething starts later than average, don’t worry! All babies are different and grow at their own pace. While the first tooth normally appears between 6 to 12 months, it is possible for the tooth to appear as early as 3 to 4 months or as late as 13 to 14 months. If it takes longer than that for the first baby tooth to erupt, it can be considered to be an atypical tooth eruption and calls for expert intervention.
If you are concerned about your baby’s developmental progress, then you can consult our pediatric dentist, Dr. Pratibha Kukreja of Pandit Clinic, Dentistry for children, teens, and special needs. The dentist will be able to determine if the delayed eruption of teeth is a cause for concern or if it is appropriate for your baby.
How Do You Soothe Your Baby During The Teething Period?
Teething can be a real pain for babies, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to solving your child’s discomfort. Dr. Pratibha says that there’s no magic technique which works every time, so you may want to try different things until something helps your little one feel better! Here are some things you can do to soothe your baby during this time:
If the pain does seem unbearable to your baby, talk to the pediatric dentist about possible solutions to relieve pain/fever.
How Can Regularly Visiting The Dentist Help During This Period?
Generally, it is recommended to visit the pediatric dentist when your baby’s first tooth erupts or when your baby reaches 12 months of age. Sometimes, if you are concerned about your baby’s development, you may visit the dentist before that. Either way, regularly visiting the pediatric dentist is crucial for your baby’s teeth, mouth, and gums. The dentist can monitor the development of the baby teeth and ensure that there are no problems. The pediatric dentist can prescribe pain relievers if your baby is suffering through too much pain and discomfort. The pediatric dentist can also give you some tips on taking care of your baby’s teeth.
How To Take Care Of Baby Teeth?
The dental health of your child starts with their teeth! Baby teeth have to last for several years before they’re replaced by adult ones. Establishing good oral hygiene habits early will help set your child up for a lifetime full of healthy gums and teeth. The earlier you start caring for your baby’s teeth, the more likely it is that they will have good dental hygiene habits throughout their life.
Here are a few things you need to do to take care of your baby’s teeth:
If you have concerns about your baby’s oral health, or if your baby is showing signs of teething, contact Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit, the expert pediatric dentist at Pandit Clinic, Dentistry for children, teens, and special needs, Pune.
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Dr. Pratibha has trained at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, in advanced areas including Pediatric dental treatment under General Anesthesia and Intravenous sedation, Dental Rehabilitation of children with special health care needs, and Nasoalveolar molding and dental rehabilitation of cleft lip and cleft palate.
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