Ever wonder why babies chew on anything they can get their hands on?
Baby teeth begin erupting, or growing, when a child is around 6 months of age. These teeth are called primary teeth and there are 20 in total. Like all the developmental stages, some children may gain baby teeth earlier and some may be later.
Generally, the first baby tooth to erupt is a lower front tooth. This can happen anytime between six months to their first year of age. The next teeth to appear are the lateral incisors, which can be on either side of the front teeth. The lateral incisors erupt between nine and sixteen months.
Following the incisors comes their first molars and then their canines. And lastly, their second molars come in around the age of two.
Common symptoms associated with teething:
- Increased drooling
- Restlessness, irritability, or disturbed sleep
- Refusing foods due to sore gums
- Runny noses
Children’s gums may be very tender and sore during teething. Parents can help by rubbing a clean finger along the gums, letting your baby chew on a soft frozen washcloth, or chilled teething toys. Baby Tylenol is recommended if they have a fever.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration do not recommend medicines with benzocaine or belladonna. Products such as Orajel and Hyland’s have benzocaine and belladonna, respectively. Increased exposure to these can be toxic.
Children should see their dentist for routine visits when their first teeth erupt or on their first birthday. At Avant Dentistry, we see kids a young as six months! Dr. Liang examines to make sure that your baby's teeth and gums are healthy!