Teething symptoms vary from one child to the next, though most begin around 6 months. Growing teeth happens in stages. This entire process lasts about a year and a half. Symptoms of a single tooth emerging can last up to a week.
In most instances, the front bottom teeth are the very first to emerge. Immediately following are the two front top teeth. When the teething process starts, babies will start to become highly irritable, exhibit sensitivity of the gums, and will start to chew on items that are relatively firm. The child will go through five stages of teething. Continue reading to learn about each of these stages.
This stage typically starts by 6 months. When a child is born, there are a total of 20 primary teeth situated in the jawbones, just beneath the gums. Many refer to these as the “milk teeth”. This is due to the diet of the baby.
This stage occurs at 6 to 8 months of age. This is when the two top and bottom teeth erupt from the gums. The baby will start to chew as the pressure helps in combatting the discomfort experienced. Drooling will start to occur more. A bib should be placed on the child so that the mouth and chin area can be kept dry to prevent skin irritation.
This stage starts at 10 to 14 months old. This is when molars start to erupt in the upper and lower jaw of the back of the mouth. When this stage starts, the child may lose their appetite, experience a fever, and have issues sleeping. If pain becomes too unbearable for the child or they suffer from a lot of symptoms, you may contact a pediatrician dentist for assistance to get through this stage of teething.
This stage occurs at 16 to 22 months of age. The canine teeth will erupt. The child will experience some degree of discomfort.
Finally, at age 25 to 33 months, stage 5 of teething starts to occur. Most parents and dentists agree that this is the most painful teething stage. The biggest teeth – the large molars – erupt during this stage.
Helping a Child Through the Teething Process
The following offers suggestions on how to help a child when they are going through the 5 stages of teething:
- Massage the gums with a damp cloth.
- Providing hard rubber-based teething products.
- Allow the child to suck on a bottle that contains fluoridated water.
- Keep the lips, face, and chin free from drool.
- Over-the-counter teething products are available; however, you should contact a pediatric dentist to determine their recommendation on which product is most suitable for your child.
The teething process can be a challenge for babies and their families. If you believe that your child is teething, you should set up an appointment with a pediatric dentist immediately to start their oral health care. Additionally, you may contact a dentist directly for relevant information. We here at Richmond Pediatric Dentistry are standing by and willing to help.
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