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?
In reality, the teething timeline varies slightly for each child, but there are a few things you can expect. For example, the central incisors (or bottom front teeth) typically start to erupt when a child is about 6 months old. The top central incisor generally follow at 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 concerns about your little one’s teething process, we can help. We can help ease their discomfort—as well as yours. Our dentist, Dr. R. Bruce Howell, and our team will answer any questions that you may have. To contact us, please just call Orem Pediatric Dentistry at 801-802-7200. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have and set up an appointment for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.