Cutting that first tooth is an important milestone in any baby’s life. Even so, it’s not one that most parents look forward to. Teething can bring about crying and discomfort, but you can ease the process by learning some of the basics of teething.

When Does Teething Begin?

According to Parents Magazine, most babies start teething between the ages of four and six months. However, your child may begin teething earlier or later than that. The lower front teeth normally come in first, followed by the upper front teeth. These teeth can appear anywhere from six to twelve months.

The upper and lower lateral incisors come next, followed by the molars and canines. Expect the incisors to show anywhere from eight to twelve months and the molars to appear between 12 and 14 months. Second molars are the last to erupt, and normally come in between the ages of two and three.

Teething Symptoms

Since it’s hard to predict a timeline, you should be aware of some of the most common teething symptoms, which include:

  • More frequent crying
  • Biting or chewing on objects your child showed no interest in before
  • Drooling
  • Swollen gums

5 month old baby girl who is playing on the floor mat with teething toys.How to Soothe Teething Symptoms

Provide your infant with something solid to gnaw on such as a frozen teething ring. Cold food such as applesauce or yogurt will also provide some relief-just be sure your baby is ready for solids. An over-the-counter numbing gel can be placed on the gums, or you can give drops of pain-relieving medication such as acetaminophen.

When to Call a Pediatric Dentist

Just because every child has his or her own timeline for teething does not mean you should not be concerned if your baby is behind. Contact us if your infant has not had an eruption by 18 months, or seems to have more difficulty than normal cutting teeth. Schedule the first appointment at age one year regardless of teething history. We look forward to seeing you.