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Baby Teeth: Order of Appearance, Symptoms, and Tips

Ever wondered when your baby’s first tooth will emerge?

Most babies get their first tooth when they are between 4 – 7 months old, but it is considered normal for a baby to still be toothless by the time they are one year old.

The transition from a gummy grin to a toothy smile is complete for most babies by the time they are 3 years old.

Teething can be uncomfortable, and your baby may be more fussy when he has a tooth coming through. Here at, we take a look at the order your baby will get his teeth, the symptoms of teething, and how you can help your baby.

What order will my baby’s teeth come in?

Babies teeth usually break through their gums in a particular order. Here, we’ve listed when you can expect to see your baby’s teeth emerge. But remember, this is just an approximate guide, and every baby will get their teeth at their own rate.

4-12 months – Lower and upper central incisors:

Your baby will probably sprout his first tooth around now! The first teeth to emerge are the bottom two teeth in the middle, followed by the top two middle teeth.

9-16 months – Upper and lower lateral incisors:

Two teeth will emerge on either side of your baby’s top two teeth, and on either side of his bottom two teeth.

13 – 19 months – Upper and lower first molars:

Your baby’s first molar teeth will arrive. Four large, flat teeth will pop up at the side of your baby’s mouth – two at the top, and two at the bottom.

16 – 23 months – Upper and lower canines:

Four sharp canine teeth will come in now – two at the top, and two at the bottom.

23-33 months – Lower and upper second molars:

These are usually the last teeth to arrive, right at the back of your baby’s mouth. Two large molar teeth will first crop up at the bottom of your baby’s mouth, followed closely by two molars at the top of your baby’s mouth.

What are the symptoms of teething?

Some babies seem to have no problems with teething, while others seem miserable. There is still a disagreement about some of the symptoms associated with teething, with some experts saying that some symptoms traditionally thought to be caused by teething are actually caused by unrelated illnesses.

Some common symptoms of teething include:

Excess drooling

– Sore, swollen gums

– Chewing objects

– Fussiness

– Refusing to eat

– Disturbed sleep

Is fever a symptom of teething?

Despite the popular belief that teething can cause a fever, research has shown that teething babies only experience a minor rise in temperature which can not be considered a fever.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned that parents should not dismiss a fever as simply being a symptom of teething, and should be aware that a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees celcius) in a baby is likely to be caused by an illness or infection.

Important: If your baby has symptoms such as a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting or lethargy – do not assume it is caused by teething. Contact your baby’s doctor immediately.

How can I help my teething baby?

Your baby may need a lot of extra hugs and reassurance while teething, and don’t be surprised if they become more clingy at this time too. Pressure may help relieve the pain in your baby’s gums, which could be why teething babies like gnawing on everything within reach.

Be sure you supervise your baby if you give them something to chew on, and make sure you only give them things that are suitable for their age and won’t be a choking hazard.

What can I give to my baby?

– A cold, wet washcloth to chew on

– A refrigerated (not frozen) teething ring

– A pacifier to chew on

– If your baby is old enough, you can offer her cold fruit purees

– You can gently rub your baby’s gums with your clean finger

Can I give my baby teething gel?

No. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned that medicated teething gels can be harmful for babies, as many contain lidocaine or benzocaine. These ingredients can cause rare but severe reactions in infants, including seizures, heart problems, and death.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warned against giving babies homeopathic teething tablets and gels, and said that they may pose a risk to babies and children.

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