When we think about a new-born, we have always pictured a gummy smile sans teeth. But what we don’t know is that at birth, the crowns of the 20 baby teeth are almost completely formed. They are hidden from plain sight by the baby’s jawbones. The teething process generally starts at four to six months of age. This is undoubtedly a very important and exciting milestone for any parent.
Many babies have their first tooth when they are as old as six months. While, some babies might not have even started teething until they are as old as 8 months. This shouldn’t be a cause for worry. Some babies develop faster than others. However you should visit a dentist with your baby to know if there are any unusual reasons to the delay.
Once your baby has finally started teething, you can then expect the teeth to come in a certain order (not always the same). They generally appear in pairs, starting with two front bottom ones followed by the two upper front teeth. Then come the ones on the side, followed by the first molars and finally the two teeth next to the top front teeth. By the time your baby is 3 years old, he/she will have a full set of 20 baby teeth.
Different babies have different reactions to the teething process. The most common teething symptoms are drooling, trying to bite things, swollen gums etc. While some just breeze through the entire process and are as calm as a clam, others have teething tantrums. These tantrums majorly include irritability, fussing and refusing to eat or sleep. Few commonly used remedies to soothe the teething troubles is giving cold teething rings, giving them cold apple sauce, etc., a carrot stick etc. However we advise you to consult a dentist on the best and safest ways to soothe the irritation.
When giving anything to your child to gnaw on, it’s best to be there with them. Babies generally bite down very hard. Once the teeth come in they could bite off a small piece of the carrot or apple which can choke them. Also, avoid giving them a teething ring which houses liquid substances in them. These rings can be easily punctured by baby’s sharp teeth and as the liquid flows out, it’ll be ingested by your baby. This liquid is extremely toxic.
It is crucial during this time that you soothe your baby and help them pass this important rite of passage with ease. One should also remember that how small these baby teeth may be, they are extremely crucial for your child’s dental well-being. They are the placeholders for the more permanent adult teeth. Hence it is now that you should start planning a proper dental care for your little one.
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