If you’ve raised a child, you know that teething can be uncomfortable for all involved. Fortunately, with the right information, you can make the experience more tolerable. For instance, do you know when your child’s first tooth should come in? Or when their second should? Do you know the next place you should look for signs of teething? Can you recognize a teething child, or know what you can do to alleviate their discomfort?
The timeline for each child can be varied and different, but there are general rules most infants usually follow. The first tooth to show should be the central incisor or the bottom front teeth. This tooth usually peeks out at around 6 month but can come as early as 4 months. The top central incisor will come a couple months later around 8 months.
Next, the teeth neighboring the front teeth (known as lateral incisors) usually appear, usually when your little one is between 9-13 months. Usually, a child’s molar will appear next, usually between 13 and 19 months. The canine teeth usually follow at around 17 months and a child’s second molar will usually appear between 25 and 33 months.
When your child is two, they should have around 20 teeth. Naturally, with so many teeth coming in in such a short amount of time, you’ll probably learn to recognize a teething child. Still, to help you get started, symptoms generally include drooling, drooling, biting, gum rubbing, sucking, irritability, decreased appetite, and possibly a mild temperature.
If you have any questions about teething and how to help your child, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our dentist, Dr. Dr. Michael Tew, and our team will answer any questions you may have. Simply contact Children's Crossing at 801.766.4900. We are eager to hear from you.