When it comes to teeth, all babies are different. But your baby will have teeth during the first year. The dentition usually begins around four to eight months with the lower front teeth and continues until the age of 30-36 months, when the last set of molars appears.
During the period of appearance of teeth, inflammation of the gums, salivation, loss of appetite, rashes around the mouth, mild temperature, diarrhea, increased bites and rubbing of the gum, and even rubbing to the ears, appear. These symptoms were reported by 70-80% of parents, according to an article in the British Dental Journal. So why not all infants show symptoms of teeth?
In what order do milk teeth appear?
Here’s a rough guide to how babies’ teeth usually appear:
- Lower incisors (lower front teeth) – these are usually the first to appear, usually at about 5 to 7 months
- Upper incisors (upper front teeth) – they tend to appear at about 6 to 8 months
- Upper lateral incisors (both sides of the upper front teeth) – they appear through about 9 to 11 months
- Lower lateral incisors (both sides of the lower front teeth) – they appear through about 10 to 12 months
- The first molars (back teeth) – they appear through about 12 to 16 months
- Canines (towards the back of the mouth) – they appear at about 16 to 20 months
- The second molar – they appear around 20 to 30 months
Most children will have all milk teeth by the age of 2 and a half. If the teeth erupt from milk erupt in an improper way and this leads to a permanent non-aligned dentition, we advise you to make a visit to the dentist in advance.
Proper teeth alignment can be achieved with the help of braces, and the younger the age, the faster the teeth are corrected.
Symptoms of baby teeth appearance
Milk teeth sometimes appear without pain or discomfort at all. Other times, you may notice that:
- Your baby’s gum is painful and red where the tooth passes
- a cheek is swollen
- Rubs his ear
- Your baby is more active than usual
- Swarm and chew things a lot
- are more upset than usual
- Skin rashes
- Low fever
Tips to help your baby when his teeth appear
Teeth can be disturbing for some babies, but there are ways to lighten them. Every baby is different, and maybe you’ll have to try a few different things until you find something that works for your baby:
- Tooth rings: tooth rings give your child something to chew safely. This can relieve their discomfort and distract them from any pain. Some tooth rings can be cooled first in the refrigerator, which can help soothe the baby’s gums. The instructions that come with the ring should tell you how long you need to cool it. Never put a tooth ring in the freezer, as it could damage your baby’s gums if it freezes. Also, never tie a ring of teeth around the baby’s neck, as it can be a danger of suffocation.
- If your baby chews: one of the signs that your baby tooth is that he is starting to chew his fingers, toys or other objects that they catch on to. If your baby is not the case. she is 6 months old or more, you can provide them with healthy things to chew, such as raw fruits and vegetables. Pieces of apple or carrot are ideal. You could also try to give the baby a crust of bread. Always stay close when your baby eats, in case he will suffocate.
- Tooth gels: there is a lack of evidence that tooth gels are effective. It is recommended that parents first try non-medical options for the teeth, such as a tooth ring. If you decide to use a gel, be sure to use a tooth gel specially designed for young children. General oral pain relief gels are not suitable for children. Tooth gels contain a mild local anesthetic and are available only from pharmacies. Talk to a pharmacist for further advice.
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen for teeth: if your baby is suffering, you may want to give them a sugar-free pain reliever. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be administered to relieve dental symptoms in babies and young children aged 3 months or more. Always follow the instructions that come with the medicine.
- Stroking or playing with the baby can distract them from any pain in the gums. Gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger can also help.
If your baby is coughing or has a high fever and symptoms of a cold or flu, contact your pediatrician. High fever with symptoms of colds and flu is not related to the teeth, but it is actually a sign that your baby is sick.
The advice of specialists is that from the very beginning of the growth of teeth to resort to the services of a dental office.