The Parent’s Guide To Tooth Development In BabiesDr. Sam Rosehill
The Parent’s Guide To Baby Teeth Development
As a parent, it’s important to understand what you can expect when it comes to the development of your baby’s teeth. Baby teeth usually begin to appear in the mouth around six months of age and continue to come in until your child has a full set of 20 primary teeth. In this comprehensive guide, learn more about when baby teeth will emerge and how they grow!
What Are the Different Stages of Baby Teeth Development?
Tooth development in babies is divided into four stages. The first stage occurs during the prenatal period, when your baby’s teeth begin to form under their gums. At around six months of age, the eruption of your child’s primary teeth usually begins. This process continues until all 20 primary teeth have emerged by around three years old.
The permanent teeth will start replacing the primary teeth at around six years old and will continue until approximately 12-13 years of age.
When Does Teething Start?
Teething typically begins around six months of age when the first baby teeth start to come in. Generally, the lower central incisors appear first, although this can vary from child to child. After these come in, other baby teeth will usually start to emerge in a predictable pattern. The lateral incisors, which are the teeth located just next to the central incisors, will typically come in around 9 to 13 months of age. The first molars, which are the large teeth in the back of the mouth, will come in around 12 to 16 months of age. The canines, or the sharp teeth used for biting and tearing food, will come in around 16 to 20 months of age. The second molars, which are the back teeth located behind the first molars, will typically come in around 20 to 30 months of age.
How to Combat Baby Teething Pain.
Baby teething can be a difficult time for both you and your little one. There are things you can do to ease your baby’s teething pain. Some babies may find relief with a gentle teething ring or cold washcloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator. You can also give your baby something to chew on, like a wet cloth or rubber teether filled with frozen juice or fruit puree.
Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth.
Brushing your baby’s teeth is an essential part of maintaining their oral health. Start brushing your little one’s teeth with a soft, child-sized toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste. You may have to help them with the motions of brushing at first. Even before teeth arrive, it’s important to use a wet washcloth on their gums to remove any food residue or bacteria that can cause decay in the future.
Did you know?
Briony Buckley is Ethical Dental’s Oral Health Therapist. Briony has gone from a child petrified of the dentist to an adult who spends all day building dental trust and confidence in kids. This leads to a very special level of care.
Dr. Sam Rosehill performs general dentistry, oral surgery and implant treatment at Ethical Dental & Orthodontics. Sam has lectured nationally and internationally on dental diseases and was the winner of the International Association of Dental Research Student Prize. Since completing dentistry, Sam has co-authored a book for recent graduate dentists that is distributed to every graduating dental student in Australia, and has worked closely with digital planning techniques for smile design. Sam holds two masters degrees in Marketing and Business administration, and maintains an academic interest in organisational design and communications.