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Baby Teething Toys & More

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

Everything you need for baby teething, and everything you need to know!

When should you start looking for baby teeth? Which ones come in first? What are the best baby teething toys and tips to help the process go smoothly? If these are some of the questions you have, I have the answers.

When does teething begin and end?

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On average, teething begins around the age of 6 months, but of course it will vary greatly from baby to baby. Surprisingly enough, some babies may start as early as 3 months, while others may not begin until after their first birthday. You might just see teeth suddenly appear when you least expect it. Remember, every child is unique, so don't worry if they take time to appear. On average, most babies will have a full set of primary teeth by the age of 3.

What does it mean if my baby's teeth are coming in early?

If your baby's teeth are coming in earlier than expected, it is known as "early teething." While the average age for the eruption of the first tooth is around 6 months, it is still considered within the normal range for teeth to appear as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months.

Early teething can be influenced by various factors, including genetics, family history, and individual variations. It is not typically a cause for concern unless it is accompanied by other developmental issues or abnormalities. However, it is always a good idea to consult with a pediatric dentist or healthcare professional to ensure that your baby's dental development is progressing normally and to address any specific concerns you might have.

Signs and symptoms of baby teething: Teething can sometimes be a challenging phase for both babies and parents. Here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Excessive drooling: Your little one may turn into a small waterfall, drooling on anything and everything.

  • Irritability and fussiness: Teething can cause discomfort, leading to mood swings and general crankiness.

  • Gum swelling and sensitivity: You might notice redness and swelling around your baby's gums.

  • Biting and gnawing: Babies often find relief by applying pressure to their gums, so be prepared for some nibbling on anything they can get their hands on. And if they can't get their hands on anything, they will probably just chew on their hands.

  • Sleep disturbances: Teething can sometimes disrupt your baby's sleep patterns, leading to more frequent wake-ups during the night if they're uncomfortable.

Remedies to soothe your teething baby: Now that we know what to expect, let's explore some tried-and-true remedies to help ease your little one's teething discomfort:

  • Cold teething rings: Chilled teething rings or toys can provide relief by numbing the gums.

  • Fruit nibblers: If your little one has started to try purees, fruit nibblers are a great option.

  • Teething toys: Make sure to keep these clean between use, and always supervise. This toy that baby can hold on their own is a great one, too.

  • Gentle gum massages: Using a clean finger, gently massage your baby's gums in a circular motion. The pressure can help alleviate some of the discomfort.

  • Cold washcloth: Dampen a clean washcloth, place it in the refrigerator for a short while, and then let your baby chew on it. The cold temperature can provide soothing relief.

  • Teething biscuits: Once your baby starts solids (around 6 months), teething biscuits can be a tasty and helpful option. Ensure they are age-appropriate and supervise your little one while they enjoy these treats.

  • Over-the-counter remedies: Consult with your pediatrician about using over-the-counter teething gels or pain relievers. They can provide guidance on suitable options and proper usage.

Baby teeth order:

The order in which baby teeth, or primary teeth, typically appear will vary slightly from child to child. However, the general order baby teeth will appear in is:

1. The lower central incisors (bottom front teeth) usually appear first, on average these will appear between 6-10 months of age, but can appear as early as 3 months.

2. The upper central incisors (top front teeth) typically follow, erupting on average around 8-12 months of age.

3. The upper and lower lateral incisors (teeth next to the central incisors) usually come in next, appearing on average between 9-16 months of age.

4. The first molars, both upper and lower, typically erupt around 13-19 months of age.

5. The four canines, one in each quadrant of the mouth, usually appear next, on average between 16-23 months of age.

6. Finally, the second molars, both upper and lower, typically come in last, usually between 23-33 months of age.

So, how many baby teeth do you have and how many baby teeth do you lose?

Children typically have a total of 20 baby teeth, also known as their primary teeth. These teeth start to erupt around the age of 6 months and continue to fall out naturally as the permanent teeth begin to come in, until around the age of 12 or 13 when all the permanent teeth have replaced them.

When should I start brushing baby's first teeth?

You should start brushing your baby's first teeth as soon as they appear. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Gently brush the teeth in small circular motions, paying attention to both the front and back surfaces. As more teeth erupt, you can gradually increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount. It is important to establish a regular brushing routine to promote good oral hygiene and get your baby used to brushing their teeth from an early age.

When should baby go to the dentist?

Babies should start visiting the dentist within six months after their first tooth appears or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Regular dental check-ups are important for monitoring their oral health, identifying any potential issues early on, and establishing good oral hygiene habits. Of course it is recommended to consult with a pediatric dentist for specific guidance and to ensure the best care for your baby's dental health.

When do baby teeth fall out?

Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, typically start to fall out around the age of 6 or 7 years old. This process continues until around the age of 12 or 13 when all the permanent teeth have erupted. However, the timing will vary for each child. It is important to note that the order and timing of baby teeth falling out can differ, but it generally follows a pattern.

Final Thoughts

Remember, every baby is different, so it may take some trial and error to find the best remedy for your little one. Patience, comfort, and understanding are key during this phase for your little one.

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Teething is a milestone that marks your baby's growth and development. While it can be challenging, it's also incredibly exciting! Knowing what to expect and having a few remedies up your sleeve can make the journey smoother for both you and your little one. Remember, this too shall pass, and soon your baby will be flashing their adorable toothy smile!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your pediatrician or healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance regarding your baby's teething journey.

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