When Will My Baby’s Teeth Start Showing Up?

Are you curious, or even worried, about your baby’s smile? Does it seem like she or he should have several teeth visible by now? At your baby’s last play date, were you shocked to find the other child seemingly miles ahead in the smile milestones department? Many parents worry about when their babies’ teeth should appear, and what they should be doing to care for them. The good news is, when you are ready to find out how much you actually know about babies’ smiles, and how you can best prepare for your child’s teething, your pediatric dentist can help!

General Guidelines Can Help You Know What to Expect

In general, most babies begin to erupt teeth around six months old. That said, it’s not uncommon for some babies to “get” their teeth as early as 3 moths, while others may not have visible teeth until 14 months or even later. If your child was born prematurely, he or she is likely to begin teething on the late side of that spectrum.

One way to better set your expectations is by finding out, if possible, when your own teeth came in, as well as your partner’s. Mom and dad’s dental history is one of the best predictors of when baby will begin erupting teeth.

That said, in general, there is no need to worry if your child teethes early or later than his or her peers. Just make sure you begin brushing each tooth as it appears, and take your child for her or his first dental appointment around the first birthday.

What Are Normal Signs of Teething?

Every baby is different, of course, but there are some common indicators that your child might be teething. Excessive drooling, sensitivity of the gums, a lack of interest in eating, unexplained sleep issues, and fussiness are common.

There are, however, a few warning signs that indicate your child might need to see a pediatrician or dentist. Vomiting, diarrhea and fever are not side effects of teething. If your child experiences these, it’s time to call the doctor.

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