You’ve been waiting for so long to see your baby’s first tooth emerge, but now that they are in such a fussy mood, all you want to know is when will it be over.
Teething may be a difficult period for both the baby and you. To make things a bit easier, we’ve created this article with a teething timeline together with a few tips that can help make this period a bit better.
Teething: A General Timeline
Before anything, it’s important to understand that each child is unique so don’t try to compare yours with your sister or friend’s baby. Some babies may get their first tooth at four months old while others won’t show any signs of teething until 9 months old, or even later.
So, the timeline below is just an average. However, if you are concerned about your baby’s oral health, you can always get in touch with Dr. Mila Belgrade and Dr. Dikla Chazbani and request an initial pediatric dental appointment.
As we said, teething usually begins around 4 to 7 months of age. The first teeth to appear are the two bottom front teeth followed by the two top front teeth. Over the next few years, your child will gain a full set of 20 baby teeth. By the time they are three years old, they will have a full set of baby teeth.
How Long Will Teething Last?
Each tooth takes about a week to fully emerge, but the discomfort associated with teething can last for days or weeks before the tooth breaks through the gum.
Fortunately, not all children experience discomfort or signs of teething for every tooth.
How to Tell Your Little One Is Teething
You may be able to tell your baby is getting a new tooth if you notice the following symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping
- They try to chew on everything they put their hands on
How to Help Your Teething Baby
Here’s how you can ease your child’s discomfort:
- Use cold teething rings for a soothing effect.
- Let them gnaw on cold or frozen fruits to relieve sore gums.
- If your baby’s discomfort is more severe, you can give them over-the-counter remedies. Make sure to check with their doctor first.
- Gently massage their gums with a clean finger.
When to See a Doctor
Teething is a natural process that doesn’t usually require medical attention. However, it’s highly recommended to take your baby to the dentist when their first tooth emerges.
Miles of Little Smiles is here to provide excellent dental care for your little one and ensure they will enjoy great oral health from the get-go. Dr. Mila Belgrade and Dr. Dikla Chazbani will tell you everything you need to know about how to care for baby teeth and how to help your baby through the teething process.
Contact us today to book an appointment for your child.