There are 20 primary teeth. The first teeth appear around six months, with the final teeth erupting by age three.
How do I know if my baby’s teeth are coming in?
Here are the signs:
- Needing to chew, excessive drooling
- Red cheeks
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen, painful gums
- Small blue bubble on the gum indicating the presence of a tooth
Fever is not a symptom of teething. If your child is feverish, see your pediatrician.
How can I relieve my baby’s discomfort?
Primary teeth erupt in phases. Incisors (the middle front teeth) often come in first, followed by molars and canines.
How to relieve teething pain:
- Rub your finger over your baby’s gums
- Let your baby chew on a clean, damp washcloth
- Offer your baby a cool (not frozen) textured rubber ring
The enamel on primary teeth is thin and more prone to early-childhood cavities. To prevent them from forming, proper oral healthcare is important as soon as your baby’s first tooth appears, or earlier.
Come see us today with your little ones. We can give you tips on how to care for your child’s teeth and answer any questions you may have.