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When Do Babies Start Teething?

September 30, 2021 1:40 am

A child’s baby teeth start developing in the womb, though neonatal teeth don’t erupt through their gums until after birth. Here’s a general idea of when you can expect your child’s teeth to emerge:

6 to 12 Months

Your baby will likely get their first tooth during this time, though teething can start earlier. The first tooth is usually one of the bottom or top front teeth, called the incisors. There are 4 central incisors and 4 lateral incisors.

1 to 2 Years

If your baby doesn’t have their first tooth by their first birthday, we recommend making a dentist appointment anyway. They will get their 4 first molars between 13-19 months. Their 4 pointy corner teeth, the canines, will likely erupt between 16-23 months.

3 Years

Your child will likely get their 4 second molars between 23-33 months. By their third birthday, your child should have all 20 of their baby teeth. These baby teeth should be carefully cared for until they fall out. They are important placeholders for their underlying permanent teeth and help your child learn to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.

Common Signs of Teething

  • Fussiness
  • Irritability
  • Increased drooling
  • An interest in biting
  • Changes in eating and sleeping routines
  • Cheek rubbing
  • Pulling on ears

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

When a baby’s first tooth comes in, it’s time they see the dentist! Their first visit isn’t complicated or long, but choosing a caring pediatric dentist early can help your child develop a positive association with the dentist.

At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in San Antonio, we start serving kids when they get their first tooth or around their first birthday, whichever comes first. As children get their full set of baby teeth, we offer comprehensive oral healthcare, like dental sealants and cleanings, to keep their oral health in great shape.

We understand that teething can be a stressful time for kids and parents, so if you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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