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Baby Teeth- A Guide To Its Order And Appearance

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While all developmental milestones are important, there is something very special about babies getting their first tooth. It not only changes the way they look (and the way they smile!), it will also result in changes in their eating habits as they can now technically “bite”. Read on to understand everything you need to know about your baby’s teeth- its order of appearance.
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When Do Your Baby’s Teeth Appear?

Baby teeth, or milk teeth as they are otherwise called, most commonly appear after the 3rd month. Remember that the tooth buds start developing under the babies’ gums even when they are inside their moms’ wombs. This is the reason why some babies are born with a tooth! For others, the first tooth can appear any time after 3 months. However, there is no need to panic if the first tooth has not sprouted even after the baby’s first birthday. Like all things, different kids get their first tooth at different times. In any case, they will have 20 teeth by the time they celebrate their 3rd birthday.

When Should You Worry About Your Baby’s Teeth?

As we said earlier, it is not uncommon to spot 18 month olds with toothless grins. If your baby has not got his first teeth yet, but is otherwise healthy with proper growth, then there is nothing to worry. However, if you are concerned, you can consult a pediatric dentist.
That said, it is perhaps better to have teeth later than sooner. Why? Because if your child starts teething later, then the chances of tooth decay are smaller as there is not enough time for any damage to creep in before the milk teeth falls.

What Are The Symptoms Your Baby Might Be Teething?

Teething is the name given to the stage when the teeth erupts out of babies’ gums. While some kids show no sign of teething and just show up with their first tooth, most kids go through some trouble as the first tooth sprouts.
Most common symptoms of teething are:

  • Their gums might swell or become tender, resulting in irritability
  • They will drool a lot, which might result in rashes around the mouth
  • They will put fingers and other objects in the mouth for comfort
  • They might show reluctance to eat food
  • They might keep rubbing their face or ears due to irritability
  • They might develop a slight temperature. However, remember that not all fevers are related to teething. Consult your child’s pediatrician if you are unsure
  • They might have trouble sleeping

There are many ways you can calm your child’s irritability. You can give them a teething ring, cold food like yoghurt or a teething cracker. For more such tricks, please read Baby Teething – Symptoms and Solutions.
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Your baby’s teeth appear in a certain order. Here is the order of appearance:

  1. Central incisors at the bottom: The middle teeth are the most commonly seen “first” tooth. It could be either at the top or bottom, but most often at the bottom. In some babies this usually happens as early as the 3rd month while in others between the 6th and 10th month
  2. Central incisors at the top: The next set (baby teeth come in pairs) are the upper central incisors and appear between 6th month and first year
  3. Lateral incisors at the top: This set appears between the 9th and 13th month. Once these are out, your baby will have 4 teeth on the upper jaw
  4. Lateral incisors at the bottom: This appears between the 10th and 16th month. Once these are out, your child will start spotting a toothy grin as he/she will now have 8 teeth
  5. First molars at the top: These are bigger in size and hence causes more irritability than other teeth. They are positioned in the back of the mouth. They start appearing by the time the baby is 1.5 years of age
  6. First molars at the bottom: Similarly, the bigger teeth on the lower jaw appears next. You might have to feel it with your fingers to see if the teething of these has begun. Again, these appear when the baby is 1.5 years of age
  7. Canine at the top: Upper canines appear usually closer to the child’s second birthday. They appear between lateral incisor and first molars
  8. Canine at the bottom: Similarly, lower canines also appear closer to 22-24 months
  9. Second molars at the bottom: This set of teeth is very important as it helps the baby to chew hard food items. They appear between the 22nd month to 30th month
  10. Second molars at the top: This is the last set of teeth that makes the baby teeth whole. They appear before the third birthday

That makes it 20 milk teeth!
It is certainly is a moment of celebration when you see the first teeth appearing in your baby’s mouth. If you know the right time of its appearance, the wait for sprouting pearly white becomes even more joyful. These primary teeth of your baby play an important role in his development as it helps him with his speech and also chewing food, etc. These milk teeth in babies would fall after few years to make way for the permanent ones. But remember teeth development in every baby is different and if you feel it is delayed in your baby, don’t hesitate to take your doctor’s advice. We hope the above information regarding your baby teeth order of appearance was of help to you. Please feel free to share you opinion on the same in the comment section below. For more on this topic, read Baby Teething and Toddler Teething In the Second Year.

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