A baby’s teeth usually come through between six and 30 months of age.
Although teething is blamed for many symptoms during childhood, these are often minor illnesses that happen to occur at the same time as teething.
Signs of serious illness such as high fever, vomiting and convulsions should not be attributed a babies teeth. If these symptoms do happen to occur, please have them checked out by your family doctor.
When and In What Order Do Teeth Come Through?
The first tooth generally appears at around 6 months – sometimes a little earlier or a little later.
There is, in fact, no definite date, or even an exact order for the growth of the first teeth! Here are some examples of the ages when teeth commonly start to come through:
- Four central incisors between six and eight months.
- Four lateral incisors between six and 12 months.
- Four first premolars between ten and 18 months.
- Four canines between six and 24 months.
- Four second premolars between 20 and 30 months.
How Will My Baby React?
Erupting baby teeth may be painful but sometimes they appear with no prior warning. Your baby’s gums may swell a little, they may have more saliva than usual and put their fists or toys in their mouth.
How Can I Protect My Baby’s First Teeth?
Firstly, look after your own teeth as infants pick up bugs from other people’s saliva, usually their parents. If you have dental problems you will have large numbers of bugs in your mouth. So looking after your own teeth and gums can reduce the risk of passing these on to your child.
- Around eight months of age start your infant drinking from a cup.
- Children should not fall asleep with a bottle.
- Establish regular breast or bottle feeds (extra fluid is not needed until your baby is eating solids).
- Offer water as a drink between feeds once your baby is eating solids.
- Breastfeeding constantly at night should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt.
- If juice is offered, give it in a cup, not a bottle.
At What Age Should Teeth Brushing Begin?
You can start tooth cleaning as soon as teeth appear. Wipe teeth with a soft, moist cloth. A small smear of low fluoride toothpaste can be used. At around 1 year of age, you can change to a small, soft toothbrush.
To make learning easier for your baby, here are a few tips:
- Give your child a small brightly-coloured toothbrush – it is more fun!
- You will need to brush your child’s teeth until about 5 years of age, so make it part of their daily routine.
- Show them the correct movements, brushing a good while in a circular motion, both front and back.
- Try making a game of it while you yourself are brushing your teeth.
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