As a child nears their 1-year birthday, every parent will always be grateful for some things.Teething is just one of these things. Teeth eruption can occur in many phases and at a different rate in each child. The rate at which this happens is not similar so you should not be concerned by this as your genetics may have a role to play. You may also need to understand
the dynamics that come with teething, what time range it can take, the problems that come along with teething and how best to solve them.
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Patterns of Baby Tooth Eruption
Most new parents will be in the dark about this with older parents understanding that teeth eruption will always begin with the first four teeth, where the first two bottom teeth grow out followed by the 2 upper teeth. Every parent should also understand how long primary teeth will last before being shed and what follows after. The eruption of molars can, however, occur earlier before the other teeth. This is not uncommon or unusual with most children having their molars erupting at the
Baby Teething: When and How
Teething at an earlier age than six months which is considered the normal teething age should not worry you so much. Remember that your genetics will also have a role to play in this.
- 6 to 10 months. front two teeth at the bottom gum, or main incisors
- 8 to 12 months. Two on the front of the top gum, also known as center incisors
- 9 to 13 months. Side incisors on the top or teeth close to center incisors
- 10 to 16 months. Side incisor teeth at the bottom
- 16 to 22 months.Canines on the top also commonly called cuspids. They are usually next to side incisors
- 17 to 23 months. Canines on the lower gum
- 13 to 19 months. First molars on the top gum, they border canines deep inside.
- 14 to 18 months. Early molars on the bottom gum
- 23to 31 months. Bottom follow up molars, they border first molars
- 25 to 33 months. Second molars on the top
Early Teeth Eruption
As a parent, you will be able to observe your little one showing signs of teething such as chewing of
toys as a way of finding relief from their aching gums. Witnessing this from as
early as 4 months should not scare you at all.
Late Teeth Eruption
Similarly, late teeth eruption and teething in children is also not new. A child may take as long as 11 months
before their first tooth starts coming in. this is common in most preemies (babies born prematurely) with
some teething as late as 14 months.
How to Soothe When Baby Teeth Erupts
The best you could do for your child at this stage is finding suitable ways of relieving their pain through gum
massages, applying a wet or frozen cloth to the gums, using a toothbrush for one-year-olds and below which usually act as teethers too. Choose one that is freeze and dishwasher friendly. The key thing here is to simply distract the
child from the pain. Teeth eruption timing will also vary in children based on
their genders where male children will teeth later than female children.
Cleaning and Brushing your Toddlers with Toothbrush
Educating your child on the proper ways of brushing their teeth from an early age could save you the expenses of treating receding gums. Instilling of responsibilities such as brushing their first teeth can also help a child
understand the importance of good oral health. Investing in a toothbrush like BabyBanana infant toothbrush
is the best idea you could go for. The toothbrush has very soft bristles that
will gently clean your child’s mouth without hurting their gums. This
toothbrush also has a small head that will fit in your baby’s mouth
Choose the best suitable toothpaste depending on the age range. Generally, younger babies below six months should use fluoride free toothpaste while those above six months should use pea-sized fluoride toothpaste. Trie to instill the habit of routine daily cleaning of teeth in your kids, it will save you a lot of dental cost and give your kids a healthy start in oral care.
Dr. Tom Bell has a PhD in Medical Anthropology. He has a keen interest in oral health topics and is the founder of dentalrave. He has been an oral health researcher and electric toothbrush enthusiast for over 10 years. When not talking about dental hygiene and gadgets, Tom likes spending time outdoors hiking.