Don’t be surprised if your baby begins sprouting teeth between his or her fourth and seventh month. But, keep in mind that it is perfectly normal for teeth to begin appearing anytime from birth to over one year of age. Heredity is the primary factor in tooth development.

Generally, the two bottom front teeth (central incisors) are the first to appear. About one to two months later, the four upper teeth (central and lateral incisors) will become visible. Then, the lower incisors, first molars, and the canine or eye teeth will follow.

Unfortunately, most babies experience some degree of discomfort during the teething process. Most often it’s mild and includes irritability, crying, low-grade temperature, excessive drooling, and a need to chew on something hard. The gums around the new teeth will also appear somewhat swollen and inflamed.

Cold teething rings made of firm rubber can help ease the pain, as well as massaging your baby’s gums with your finger. Even a cool, wet washcloth to chew on can give relief. In the vast majority of babies, topical or oral pain relievers are simply not necessary for teething pain. If your child has more than a very low-grade fever, most likely it’s not teething and is most likely a virus or other type of infection. Consult with your paediatrician or health care advisor if your baby seems to be in a great deal of teething pain or develops a high fever.

It’s important to remember that proper dental care begins when your baby’s first tooth appears. Brush them daily with a soft child’s toothbrush or a piece of gauze. To prevent dental decay, never let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk or juice. These liquids can pool in the mouth and can greatly increase the chance of early cavity development.


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