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Baby Milestones: Teething

Baby Milestones: Teething



Baby teeth don’t grow all at once.  In fact, your baby milestone teething takes place gradually over a few years.  Read our guide on baby teething to learn more about this magical period.


When does your baby start teething?

Somewhere between 6 and 10 months of age, your baby will start getting their first tooth.  In fact, your baby’s teeth start developing when they are in your tummy!  Tooth buds are the foundation for baby teeth (they are also called milk teeth).

Usually, your baby will begin to get their bottom two middle ones first, then the top two middle teeth and then finally, the ones on the sides.  The second molars that are located in the back of the mouth are the last ones to grow.  They start growing when your baby is around 23 to 31 months old. Very quickly after that, your child will have their full set of 20 cute white teeth.

What are the signs of baby teething?

Some babies breeze through teething, but many feel some discomfort. You may see signs and symptoms of teething such as:

Your baby might feel some discomfort while teething, but many don’t.  Some of the signs and symptoms are:

  • Sensitive gums (can swell)
  • Might drool (which can cause to a facial rash)
  • Crankiness
  • Biting
  • Eating issues
  • Sleeping problems
  • Rubbing face and ears often


While most babies sail through this process, if your baby develops a fever, vomits or has diarrhea, please call your doctor.  In rare cases, if the fever goes above 100.4 degrees F, calling the doctor is a must.


Baby Milestone Teething Guide


How to help your baby while teething

There are a few things you can do to ease the teething process for your little angel:

Give her something to chew on. Teething rings or a wet washcloth that is cooled in the refrigerator make for a very comfortable thing to chew on. Avoid storing teethers in the freezer.  These frozen teethers can get hard and cause damage to your baby’s gums.

Avoid using teething necklaces as well.  These can cause choking and strangulation. Before using any new baby teething toys, check with your doctor.  There might be many other baby teething remedies.

About Cold food. Yogurt or chilled applesauce can give some comfort to your baby if she has already started eating solids. Frozen bananas are also a great comfort food if your baby has started eating finger foods.

Massage her gums. Wash your hands, then gently but firmly rub your baby’s gums with your finger. This can be a welcome counter pressure to what your baby feels from his emerging teeth.

All about pain relievers. If none of these techniques help, after consulting with your doctor, and if your baby is at least 6 months old, ibuprofen can be given to calm the inflammation and pain.


  • Do not give your baby aspirin (or rub it on her gums). Aspirin can lead to a rare but possibly life-threatening condition called Reye’s syndrome.
  • Do not give your baby over the counter teething medications in the form of gels and creams on children younger than two and or without consulting a doctor.

According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), topical numbing medications containing benzocaine can cause methemoglobinemia, a rare but very serious condition in which the amount of oxygen in the blood drops dangerously low.

The FDA also warns against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels infants and children.  These can cause side effects, such as seizures and breathing problems.

How to brush your little baby’s teeth

Keeping your baby’s teeth clean is important once their teeth start to grow in.  Brush your baby’s teeth twice a day (once in the morning and once before bedtime).

Use kid-friendly toothbrush and kid friendly toothpaste in a very small quantity.  When selecting a toothbrush, make sure the bristles are very soft so that they do not hurt your baby’s teeth.  When washing their mouth, just make sure you are getting rid of all the food pieces.  At this age, your baby might be sensitive to toothpaste flavors.  If one doesn’t suit, switch it up.


Flossing is just as important as brushing your baby’s teeth.  Start flossing once multiple teeth have come out.  There are many colorful flossing sticks that are designed for children – pick one of those.

Your child will be ready to brush their teeth on their own at 18 months of age.  You will have to teach them how to brush and help them hold the toothbrush because they are still developing their fine motor skills and hold.

At about 2 years of age, start adding a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for your little child.  This is a great way to encourage independence in your children.


Baby Milestone Teething Guide


What are some baby teething remedies?

Avoiding bottle-related tooth decay
Don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle (unless it’s filled with water). The sugars in formula and breast milk can lead to baby-bottle tooth decay if they’re in contact with his teeth all night.

At bedtime, make sure your child is not falling asleep with a bottle.  The only liquid allowed is water.  The sugars in the baby formula and in breast milk can lead to tooth decay if it is in contact with her teeth all night.

When your child is old enough (around 1 year old) to hold a Sippy cup, switch it from a baby bottle.  This also reduces the chances of tooth decay.  Train your child to drink from a Sippy cup only during meal times.  Discourage her from running around with a Sippy cup in her hand.

Inquire about a fluoride supplement
Ask your doctor about your babu’s fluoride supplement.  The 6 months check-up time is a great period to as about this.  This helps in preventing cavities.  Make sure to ask your doctor to check your child’s teeth.

See the pediatric dentist
Pediatric dentists suggest scheduling your baby’s first dental appointment around 1 year of age or within 6 months of the first tooth coming out – whichever comes first.

Limit sweet treats

Discourage your child from eating sweets throughout the day.  The moment your child has a sugary treat, make sure and brush her teeth.


What If your baby doesn’t have teeth yet

At the 18 month check-up, if your baby does not have teeth, tell your doctor or pediatric dentist.  Please note that premature babies may take longer to grow their teeth.  If your baby is showing all the signs of teething, but also is in pain tell your doctor immediately.  Teething should not be a painful experience for the baby.

When do teeth begin falling for children?

Around age 6, milk teeth or baby teeth will start following out and permanent teeth will start growing in.




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