What the parents should know about baby teething?

A great step in child’s development.

The process of cutting milk teeth in children is called teething. There are 20 such teeth in total, also called temporary teeth or baby teeth. 10 teeth grow in the maxilla (upper jaw) and 10 in the mandible (lower jaw).
The appearance of the baby’s first tooth is both a great moment for the parents and a large development stage for the child. Unfortunately, a long time has to pass from the appearance of the first signs of teething to the full set of teeth, often filled with severe and unpleasant pain. An infant is not able to help himself, so it is important for the parents to be aware of both the physiological symptoms and those which may indicate a disease but resemble the symptoms of teething. Additionally, it is also good to know teething remedies, to reduce the baby’s pain.

It is worth becoming familiar with the practical knowledge of teething in advance to be able to face it when your kid enters that uneasy period. Keep in mind that each child undergoes teething differently; also the process itself very often starts at a different time. Parents frequently worry that their babies cut their first teeth too late or too early, but there is no reason for concern.

When do babies start teething? Some infants begin their teething process already in the second month of their lives, while other babies must wait for their first tooth even up to the eighth month or even later. In case of any doubts and concerns ask your dentist, who will respond to all the questions you may have and dissipate your concern. The start time of babies’ teething is in many cases a genetic and familial issue. If a mum or dad had their first teeth earlier, the same can be expected in the case of their baby and vice versa.

When talking about teething, doctors mention a certain rule according to which the first tooth should appear around 6 months of age. Thus, the infant dental age is determined in such a way that the number of teeth +6 shall be equal to the number of months of the child. However, this is only an approximate figure and dentists themselves admit that this is not completely true. Interestingly, there are sometimes cases where a child is born already with teeth. Yet, when teething occurs very late (around 11 months of age), the situation is more complex as a baby cuts a few teeth at a time, causing escalated unpleasant symptoms. The process of cutting deciduous teeth is finished when the child is about 30 months old.

Do you know that…

Too early teething can be detrimental to the future condition of the child’s dentition. It is connected with the fact that teeth that appear very early are usually poorly mineralised, thus they more prone to tooth decay. Late teething is conducive to stronger and healthier teeth which are better mineralised. Such knowledge should make parents approach oral hygiene of children more scrupulously, because it will play a key role when it comes to keeping good health of deciduous teeth.