Teething is the process of when a baby’s primary teeth begin coming through the gums. While every baby experiences teething, the process is different with every child. For many babies, teething can be uncomfortable, and it can seem never-ending to the parents; however, teething can also be a very exciting time.
Babies can begin the teething process at different times, but the process if general the same. The first baby teeth to appear are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth, and they usually begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months. This is followed by the two front teeth on the top arch. Next, the teeth adjacent to their bottom front teeth come in, and then the first molars. Finally, the two teeth next to the top front teeth erupt. By the age of three, your child will likely have their first set of teeth.
Symptoms of teething are often seen before any actual dentition comes through. Signs you can look out for include:
- Excessive drooling
- Chewing on hard or cold objects
- Cranky or irritable
- Touching gums or mouth or cheeks
- Swelling and tenderness in gums
- Trouble sleeping
To help your child develop proper chewing skills during the teething process, you can give him or her a teething ring, carrot stick, or apple slices to chew on. The earlier children can learn how to chew, the better because by the time they have all 20 primary teeth, they know full well what they are doing.
If you have any questions about primary teeth eruption in Phoenix, Arizona, we invite you to call Angel Dentistry at 602-788-2008 and schedule your visit with our dentist, Dr. Angel.