Babies are born with a full set of twenty teeth underneath their gums, just waiting to erupt when the right comes—but when is the right time?
Baby teething generally starts between four to seven months old depending mainly on the baby’s hereditary genes. For most babies, however, the first primary tooth emerges at around six months. Some babies may start teething earlier and others a little later than six months.
How Do Baby Teeth Come in?
When it comes to baby teething, there’s what pediatricians refer to as ‘rule of four.’ Namely, baby teeth erupt in groups of four. Typically, four teeth start to emerge either one-by-one, two at a time, or simultaneously.
The bottom front teeth, or the lower central incisors, are usually the first to emerge. This happens when the baby is about 6 to 10 months old. The central incisors are followed by the top front teeth, or the upper central incisors, at about 8 to 12 months.
The process continues as follows:
- Upper lateral incisors: 9 to 13 months
- Lower lateral incisors: 10 to 16 months
- Upper first molars: 13 to 19 months
- Lower first molars: 14 to 18 months
- Upper canines: 16 to 22 months
- Lower canines: 17 to 23 months
- Lower second molars: 23 to 31 months
- Upper second molars: 25 to 33 months
This is the typical pattern of baby teething. However, some babies may not follow the pattern. Hence, it’s essential to consult a dentist or pediatrician when your baby starts teething. Your child should have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time theyturn three years.
One of the most significant milestones in a baby’s life is when the first baby tooth comes in. Baby teething is an exciting phase. However, it can also be a period marred with anxiety, discomfort, and other challenges for both the kid and the parents. As a parent, it is imperative that you understand the baby teething process so you can have an easier time dealing with various issues that are usually experienced during this period.