When Do Baby Teeth Come In

May 29, 2023

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Being a parent can bring about some of your most joyful moments as you witness your child growing and developing. One of the most exciting milestones that every parent looks forward to is their baby's first set of teeth. It can be an emotional time as they show off their pearly whites and learn how to truly enjoy solid food! But when exactly do baby teeth start coming in? This blog post by Pinky Promise Pediatric Dentistry will provide an overview of the four stages of teeth development in babies.

Baby Teeth – A Guide to the Stages of Development 

Stage 1: Birth to 4 Months Old 

Most babies are born without any visible teeth, but they do have all 20 primary teeth below the gums. During this stage, you may notice your baby’s gums becoming swollen or red as their first tooth begins to emerge. This can be uncomfortable for your little one, so make sure to check with our Pediatric Dentists if you have any concerns. 

Stage 2: 4-7 Months Old 

At this stage, you should start to see more and more teeth coming in. The central incisors are usually the first ones to appear followed by the lateral incisors. All four central and lateral incisors may be visible between 4-7 months old. You may also notice those molars pushing through at this time too! 

Stage 3: 8-13 Months Old  

The second set of molars usually comes in during this stage along with the canine (cuspid) teeth located beside them on each side. It is not uncommon for these teeth to be slightly delayed as they often take longer than other types of teeth to surface above the gums. Your baby should have all eight primary molars by 13 months old.  

Stage 4:16-23 Months Old    

The last four primary teeth—second upper lateral incisors—come in during this final stage which usually occurs between 16-23 months old. At this point, your baby’s full set of 20 primary (baby) teeth should be present and accounted for!

How Can I Make Teething Easier?

  • Consider giving your baby a cold or frozen washcloth to bite on - just make sure nothing is too hard that could hurt their tiny mouths!
  • Don't rub any rubbing alcohol onto their gums - it simply isn't necessary.
  • Avoid teething gels and over-the-counter tablets as they may not be safe for your baby; instead stick to items you know will soothe and not harm.
  • Lastly, if your baby is drooling, wipe away saliva to prevent rashes from developing around their mouth area.

There you have it; a step-by-step guide that covers everything you need to know about baby teeth. 

If you have any questions about teething, don't hesitate to consult our dentists here at Pinky Promise Pediatric Dentistry – we’ll offer all the advice you might need! Contact us today to book your child’s visit. You can also visit our office located at 1355 E. Ogden Ave #105  Naperville, IL 60563.

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