Having a baby is usually one of the most memorable moments in parents’ lives. Although one of the first questions that are commonly asked by new parents is, ‘When will my child sleep through the night?’ one that normally follows suit in popularity rankings is, ‘When will my child start to get his or her first baby teeth?’ There are in fact many answers to this question.
Development before Birth
Many parents are not aware of the fact that their baby’s teeth have actually begun developing while the child is still in the womb. These small tooth buds begin to form in your baby’s gums from as early as the sixth or seventh week of pregnancy, and enamel forms to protect them by the end of the fourth month in the womb. None of the baby teeth will normally make their appearance above the gums at any time before your bundle of joy is three to four months old. However, there have been cases where babies have started teething as early as two months or who have even been born with one or two teeth already visible in the mouth.
Four to 18 Months of Age
At any time between the ages of four and six months, parents can expect more baby teeth to appear in an infant’s mouth. In most instances, it is usually the two bottom teeth that make their first appearance in a baby’s mouth. The top two teeth will normally appear after the bottom two and the side front teeth are usually relatively quick in following suit. Molars will then begin to make their appearance and the canine teeth will usually be the final few to make their appearance. While some babies are fortunate enough to have all of their teeth appear relatively quickly, others may have to wait as long as 18 months before the final ones decide to push through the gums.
18 Months to and Older
Although most children will have all of their baby teeth visible by the time they reach 18 months of age, there is no need to be concerned if this is not the case. In many cases, a toddler will only sport a full set of baby teeth by the time he or she reaches the age of three years. Your child’s baby teeth will remain in his or her mouth until the age of six or seven years, when the adult teeth will start making their appearance. From around the age of 18 months, it is a good idea to start teaching children about why it is so important to take good care of their teeth.
It is crucial for parents to ensure that they help their children to develop good oral care habits from a young age. This will not only prevent them from experiencing the pain and discomfort that is associated with cavities and extractions; it will also ensure that their adult teeth remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Categories: Preventive Dental care