Watching a baby pass milestone after milestone from the time they are born is always exciting. And, that same celebratory reaction shows up when a baby’s first tooth begins to appear. As soon as the excitement wears off, you may find yourself wondering what to do next.
So, when can you expect these first teeth to appear? Here’s everything you need to know.
Timeline of Teeth Eruption
The first teeth that usually appear for most babies are the bottom front teeth. Known as lower central incisors, these first teeth will appear at about 6 months.
Between 6 to 12 months: Your baby will start to get their first 4 teeth.
Between 9 to 16 months: Your baby may have its first 8 teeth.
Between 13 to 19 months: Your baby may have its first 12 teeth.
Between 17 to 23 months: Your baby may have its first 16 teeth.
Between 12 to 33 months: Your baby may have its first 20 teeth.
Children hold on to these 20 baby teeth until they turn about 6 or 7 years of age. They will then begin to slowly fall out as they are replaced with permanent teeth. This continues on until around age 12.
How to Handle a Teething Baby
Before the first tooth can ever be seen, your baby will start producing more saliva. This usually starts at around 3 months of age - around the same time they will begin putting things in their mouth, too. While they are not necessarily teething, per se, they are getting ready for some big changes.
Along with the increase in saliva, teething often brings some discomfort for your little one. You can help to reduce this pain a little bit by gently massaging your baby’s gums with your clean finger. You may also want to invest in a couple of teething rings that you can throw in the freezer. Or, simply wet a clean washcloth and freeze it. All of these things will bring relief.
Your Baby’s First Visit to the Dentist
Your baby’s first visit to the dentist should be somewhere between 6 months and 1 year. While your baby won’t have many teeth, this is a great opportunity for your child to meet the dentist and get familiar with the surroundings. The dentist will perform a gentle exam to look at teeth, gums, bite, jaws, etc.
This is the perfect time for you to ask any questions you may have or address any concerns about your baby’s teeth, teething, oral care, and so forth.
Let’s Talk Baby Teeth at Tender Smiles 4 Kids
While most babies will get their teeth during the general timeframe provided above, not all kids do. And most of the time, it is nothing to worry about. If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s teeth - or lack thereof - or are interested in scheduling your baby’s first dentist appointment, the team at Tender Smiles 4 Kids is here for you.
Contact one of our convenient office locations to schedule your visit.