When do babies teeth appear?

Teething can cause stress for baby and parents, so we thought it would be useful to set out the growing pattern of teeth!

A baby’s first teeth actually start developing in the womb from week six of your pregnancy!  But a baby won’t start teething until around six months old, and they will continue to teeth until all 20 baby teeth have come through, which is around the age of three.  If your 12 month old baby hasn’t any teeth, take them to a dentist for a check-up, although. late eruption is usually nothing to worry about.

Children will start to lose their baby teeth at around six years old and should have all of their adult teeth, except their wisdom teeth, by the time they are 14 years old.

The most obvious signs of teething are:

  • Increased chewing
  • Swollen gums
  • Red, flushed cheeks
  • Increased dribbling
  • Irritability

Teething is a natural process, but can be really uncomfortable for your child. Here are some ways you can help ease your child’s pain:

  • Spend extra time with your child and try to keep them occupied with games and activities
  • Your baby will drool more, so keep around their mouth clean and dry, to prevent a sore chin
  • Try chilled teething rings, which can help sooth their irritated gums
  • Your baby won’t always be in pain, but, when they are, try applying a sugar-free teething gel directly to their gums

We found the very useful image of when baby teeth normally erupt and shed, on the website of Anchorage Paediatric Dentistry, over in the USA.  Whilst the chart is very useful, please only use the ages as a guide, as babies and children all grow and develop at different ages.