Let’s face; teething is hard on everyone. Many parents are desperate for advice and explanations for why their teething baby just cannot seem to find comfort. It is very helpful to at least know what to expect as far as a timeline for your little one’s emerging teeth. In addition, there things you can do to help reduce their pain and hopefully reduce those sleepless nights as well.

The Symptoms

Some babies are more tolerant that others when it comes to teething. You may find that you have no warning sign at all before you notice that first baby tooth. Or it may be that your child displays the full list of these teething symptoms provided by Delta Dental:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Ear Rubbing
  • Excessive Biting
  • Tender Gums
  • Heavy Drooling
  • Irritability
  • No Appetite
  • Gum Tenderness

The Timeline

Although every baby is different, here is what many parents can expect as far as 

timing for new teeth:

4-6 Months: Your baby’s teeth are almost ready to emerge. Swollen gums are common as teeth begin to push through.

6-10 Months: The first teeth arrive (lower central incisors). They are typically the most painful!

8-12 Months: The 2 upper central incisors appear.

9-16 Months: The lateral incisors mark the end of painful teething. A full set of teeth should arrive by age 3.

The Treatment

It is no longer recommended that topical anesthetic gels be used on baby’s gums.  Instead, parents can try refrigerating baby spoons, pacifiers or other teethers to alleviate discomfort.  Ask your pediatrician or dentist for other helpful remedies.

Remember that once you see that first tooth emerge, it is time to schedule your baby’s first dental visit. Proper oral hygiene begins immediately to ensure your baby’s smile is a healthy one. At West Hill Family Dental, we proudly offer excellence in pediatric dental care. Book your child’s routine dental cleaning today.