From our friends at the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists)
All parents know teething can be a stressful and trying time filled with sleepless nights. Here are five things parents need to know to navigate the teething landscape, straight from the source – the little tooth that can be a big pain for babies, parents and caregivers alike!
1. You can expect me to show up around the time your little one is 6 – 8 months old. But please have patience! Sometimes I need a little more time, and will arise around 12 – 14 months of age.
2. You will know when I’m about to arrive because your little one might be irritable and attempting to chew on hard objects. I usually show up first in the bottom jaw with a buddy, then my friends, the two top teeth, show up next!
3. The best way to help me introduce myself to your little one is to use a teething ring or gently r...
Baby teeth can start coming in as early as five months. By one year, a child typically has six baby teeth: usually the top four front teeth, and the bottom two front teeth. By three years old, children should have all 20 of their baby teeth.
Some children are actually born with teeth. We call them natal teeth, or milking teeth. In fact, in my residency I was called to the hospital to evaluate a 12-hour old child with multiple teeth. Because there was a risk of aspiration, we had to pull them. I really hope the Tooth Fairy made an early stop to that baby!
By the time your child cuts his or her first molars, you've become adept at addressing their teething pain. But molars coming in at this age might feel like a bigger hurdle in your child's oral development. As much as they have a larger surface area, however, there isn't a significant difference in their eruption process compared to other primary teeth.
What Primary Molars Do
Primary molars are normally the last teeth to erupt and the last to fall out, making way for your child's permanent first, second and third molars as described by the American Dental Association (ADA). Your permanent first molars have a unique job: Known as the "six-year molars," per the ADA, they serve as the first "placeholders" in your mouth and set the stage for the shape of your lower jaw as it supports the placement of the rest of your teeth.