Baby Teething | Frequently Asked Questions?

Baby Teething

How Early Can A Baby Start Teething?

The answer to the question that how early can a baby start teething varies from baby to baby. Though, in most of the cases, baby teething begins from as early as 2 months of age. But, the teeth are not visible to you so early.

The starting of the baby teething period depends on the family traits and history. Many times the babies are early teethers to late teethers.

As you would be anxious to know normally the first teeth to pop out is the incisor( lower central).

But, there is an upper limit to the period when you should stop waiting and start consulting with doctors if your baby’s teeth don’t start to come out by 18 months of age. You should consult a doctor. 

What Is A Baby Teeth Coming In Age?

As mentioned above that the age of baby teething depends on the baby. But, still one would question the baby teeth coming in age.

In normal cases, the baby has all its teeth by the age of 3. Starting from 6-12 months of age.

The beginning of baby teething starts from the incisors, then the lateral incisors, the molars, the canines and lastly the second molars.

This whole process is normally completed between 33-36 months of age. Many babies also tend to face multiple dental eruptions, while others may not even face single eruption until they complete 1 year of age.

These baby teeth are also known as deciduous teeth which are 20 in number.  The following chart shows the baby teething age in order.

Upper Teeth Erupt
Central incisor  8-12 mos
Lateral incisor  9-13 mos.
 Canine (cuspid) 16-22 mos.
First Molar 13-19 mos
Second Molar 25-33 mos.
Lower Teeth Erupt
Lateral incisor 10-16 mos.
Central incisor 6-10 mos.
Canine (cuspid) 17-23 mos
First molar 14-18 mos.
Second Molar 23-31 mos.

Why Does A Baby Teething Come In Late?

Teething in babies often starts from 6 months of age. But this is not a hard and fast rule. Baby teething comes in late is the delay in the growth of teeth in babies.

In many cases, the process of baby teething may not even start by 1 year of age.

There are a variety of factors and reasons which affect the growth of teeth in baby and are the reasons behind their delayed teething. Some of the following factors are listed below:

  1.  Family history: This is something which is very influential in the growth of the baby. If there has been a trace of delayed teething in the family then it is normal for your baby to follow the same path.
  2.  Deficient and improper diet: poor nutrition is many times the reason behind delayed teething in the baby. though breast milk is all in all for the baby, many times the baby may not be getting enough nutrient. Your baby food formula may not be as good and fulfilled with nutrients.
  3.  Hypothyroidism: As we know that thyroid gland’s hormone functions towards the growth and development of the body. Hypothyroidism is the condition in which due to improper functioning of the thyroid glands, your baby faces the problem of stagnant development. Thus, causing delayed teething.

If your baby’s growth of teeth is delayed for more than a year than you should consult with a doctor.

Baby Upper Teeth First Myth:
Teething in babies arises from the 6 months of age. The first teeth to grow is the lower central incisors, many people are indulged into the baby upper teeth first myth.

Though there is not a huge time gap between the growth of upper and lower lateral incisors. The lower incisors grow at approx. ( 6-12) months of age.

Whereas the upper incisors grow at approx. (8-12) months of age. But it is thought that the upper teeth tend to grow first, this is false as the lower central incisor grows first.

Is My Baby Teeth Out Of Order?

Baby teeth grow and follow an order in their growth. It’s not like they will grow randomly.

The first one to grow are the central incisors and then the lateral incisors, premolars, canines, and molars.

Though when looking for baby teeth out of order, you must focus on the spacing of the teeth rather than the order of growth of your teeth.

Baby teeth are said to be out of order if they are too close to each other. As we know that the deciduous teeth of babies are smaller in size as compared to the permanent teeth, there is spacing between the teeth to allow growth of the permanent teeth.

Which happens somewhat at the age of 6 years. You must also know that your baby’s teeth are more prone to decay and cavities.

How Long Does Teething Last?

Babies have around 20 baby teeth, which will likely grow completely by the time they are three years old.

The process of baby teething starts at around 6 months of age and will likely continue until they are 3 years old for deciduous teeth.

Babies get cranky during the phase through which they face growth of teeth. The incisors grow during the starting of teething and come to an end with the growth of molars.

During long last period of these 2 and a half years of teething your baby is not experiencing teething all the time, teeth grow and move to other teeth with a break in the process.

Your baby might also face multiple teeth growing at once.

My Baby Teething, Crying At Night?

Babies while they are experiencing teething get irritated and also tend to cry.

The discomfort caused by the teeth causes the baby to cry, while in the day the baby gets distracted from the discomfort the same doesn’t happen at night thus causing them to cry.

Your  Baby has red and swollen gums which cause them to be irritated. Your baby might have red flushed cheeks, might also be dribbling and also refuse to eat.

As your babies tooth starts to cut through the gums causing them to get swollen,  which is why the baby gets irritated and cries out during the night.

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