There is nothing dreadful than getting through those fitful nights with your unusually fussy baby who is in the phase of getting her first teeny-tiny teeth. Baby teeth are like temporary placeholders for the permanent set, but their contribution to your child’s development is remarkable. You know teething is inevitable but being aware of where and how soon should you be looking for the next tooth to appear, could make life a little easier for you and the baby. Here’s everything about your baby’s teeth eruption-
The ideal age for teeth eruption
Babies are generally born with 20 teeth and they start to erupt through the gums at around 6 months and all these teeth appear by the time baby is between 2 to 3 years old.
Baby’s teeth chart (order of appearance)
Bottom front teeth
Lower central incisors appear at around 6 to 8 months. The first teeth eruption might be painful for your baby along with other symptoms such as chewing, red cheeks, crankiness, etc.
Upper central incisors
The next to develop are the top front teeth at around 8 to 11 months. Every child is different so sometimes, after bottom teeth, upper ones slip through quite easily. But do not worry if your baby’s teeth appear earlier or later.
Upper lateral incisors
The teeth at either side of the top front teeth are known as top lateral incisors. These normally appear between 9 to 13 months. They take a weeks’ time to break the gum.
Lower lateral incisors
There might be a little time gap between top and bottom lateral incisors. These will come through at around 10 to 16 months.
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The back teeth are big teeth and they erupt at around 12 to 16 months. This developing phase is considered the most painful for your child due to their big size.
The teeth towards the back of the mouth often develop between 16 to 20 months. The eruption phase can vary from child to child.
These teeth are the last ones to appear after completing 2 years or later.
The care your baby’s teeth need
- Brush baby’s teeth regularly
- Do not put the baby to bed with a bottle of breast milk or formula
- Avoid sharing utensils
- Use a plain pacifier (avoid dipping it in honey or any sugary syrup)
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