Baby Teeth: When to Expect Baby Teeth Eruption

Baby Teeth: When to Expect Baby Teeth EruptionYour baby’s gummy smile is so cute but soon she’ll have a few pearly whites poking through her grin. The beginning of teething may bring about a lot of uncertainty, especially for breastfeeding moms. But knowing the order of baby teeth eruption can be useful as you monitor your baby’s development and as you help her navigate teething.


You may be dreading the teething process based on nightmare stories you’ve heard from other moms. It’s true, sharp teeth cutting through delicate baby gums can be quite painful and disruptive for your little one. But some babies actually show no sign of pain or indication that they are teething at all. Every baby handles teething differently so it’s impossible to know how your baby will react.

Here’s some information about baby teeth to keep in mind:

Signs Your Baby is Teething

In general, babies may drool more, try to gum or bite anything and everything in sight, point to their mouths or put their fingers in their mouths to stop the pain, tug on their ears and become more irritable during teething. You may notice your baby doesn’t want to breastfeed, becomes restless during sleep times and has diarrhea too.

Breastfeeding and Teething

On top of anxiety that your baby will be extra fussy and won’t sleep and eat well, breastfeeding moms fear biting during feedings. While this can happen, it’s actually less common than you think. If it does, nip the behavior right away by immediately unlatching your baby and saying “No biting, that hurts mommy.” Then let your baby resume breastfeeding. After a few interruptions, most babies learn not to bite.

When to Expect Baby Teeth Eruption

Just like other skills, milestones and elements of your baby’s development, baby teeth arrive at their own pace. However, there is a typical range of baby teeth eruption that may be useful to know as you await those 20 adorable tiny teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, this is the general timing and order you can expect baby teeth:

  • Lower Central Incisors (bottom front teeth): 6-10 months
  • Upper Central Incisors (top front teeth): 8-12 months
  • Upper Lateral Incisors (top 2nd teeth): 9-13 months
  • Lower Lateral Incisors (bottom 2nd teeth): 10-16 months
  • Upper First Molar (top 4th teeth): 13-19 months
  • Lower First Molar (bottom 4th teeth): 14-18 months
  • Upper Canines (top 3rd cuspid teeth): 16-22 months
  • Lower Canines (bottom 3rd cuspid teeth): 17-23 months
  • Lower Second Molar (bottom 5th teeth): 23-31 months
  • Upper Second Molar (top 5th teeth): 25-33 months

While these ranges are average, baby teeth eruption is not an indication of a developmental delay. If you are concerned about lack of baby teeth, discuss it with your pediatrician. If necessary, you can have an x-ray taken of your baby’s mouth to ensure teeth are indeed below the surface.

Loss of Baby Teeth & Eruption of Permanent Teeth

Usually baby teeth fall out in the same order they came in. This process typically begins around age six and continues until around age 12. Between the ages of six and 21 permanent teeth will erupt and 12 new teeth will emerge for a total of 32 permanent teeth.

Be sure to start brushing your little one’s baby teeth as soon as they appear. This beginning of a healthy dental routine will serve your child well as she grows new teeth. The health of baby teeth is an indication of the ultimate health of permanent teeth.

Sources: American Dental Association, Baby Center and Mama Natural

Teething Symptoms

So your little one has started teething?

Teething SymptomsCongratulations! This is an exciting milestone in their young life so make sure you take as many adorable pictures as you can!

Despite the utter cuteness of teeth buds sprouting through, many parents worry about the uncomfortable symptoms their child may be experiencing. Some even believe teething causes physical illnesses such as fever and diarrhea, although this hasn’t been proven. If your child is ill, make sure you take them to their pediatrician immediately.


There are a few traditional symptoms you can expect to see when your child begins teething.


These include:

  • Biting
  • Drooling
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Declining food
  • Swelling, sensitive gums


To help with these irritating symptoms, parents can give their child something safe to chew on, such as a teething ring of even a cold washcloth. If your child seems to be in harmful discomfort, take them to their pediatrician and discuss further options.


Remember to set up regular appointments with your children’s doctor and discuss any questions you may have. Every child is unique and specific recommendations and steps may be recommended for their safety and health.

When do Babies Start Teething?


When do Babies Start Teething?Have you been wondering when your little one’s teeth will start to show?

It is not well known that tooth buds actually begin developing in the womb, although your child’s teeth won’t begin to sprout through the gums until some months after birth. Generally (but not in every case) the bottom two middle teeth will be the first to break through, followed by the top two middle teeth.


Children that develop early may see the emergence of their first tooth around 3 months, but most will begin teething from month 4 to month 7. By their third birthday they should have all twenty baby teeth! Don’t panic if they don’t come in straight – they will eventually be replaced by their permanent teeth, around age six.


The sprouting of your baby’s first tooth is an exciting and memorable time so make sure you take all kinds of adorable pictures and mark the date to look back with them and smile (with all of their permanent teeth!)

Brushing Baby’s Teeth

One of the most exciting first milestones for your baby will be when he cuts his first tooth.  Usually the front bottom incisors comes in first, and boy does that toothy grin make you melt.  With the development of the first tooth should come a new health routine: brushing baby’s teeth.

Breaking new teeth can be a double-edged sword in many households.  It’s a sign your baby is growing and maturing in a healthy way, but it can also be quite painful for some babies.  A new tooth is often marked by fussiness, lack-of-sleep, refusal to nurse, excessive drool, the desire to bite down and diarrhea.   It’s disruptive for the household, but remember it is only temporary.  Try soothing your baby’s aching mouth with cold teething rings or ice wrapped in a washcloth.  If the pain seems unbearable for your baby, ask your doctor for a recommendation of a natural teething gel that is safe for infants.

Brushing Baby's TeethAs soon as that first tooth cuts through, it’s time to start brushing!  Starting a dental health routine from the beginning will help establish good oral hygiene for years to come.  Many parents underestimate brushing from such an early age.  Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, the health of the first set of teeth dictates the health of permanent teeth and the lifetime of your child’s gums.  So it is important to start good dental practices from infancy.

For babies, the best tooth brushes are often finger brushes.  They are made of rubber and fit over a caregivers’ finger.  They have soft, bendable rubber bristles that can gently massage baby’s teeth and gums.  For some babies with brand new teeth, the area may be rather sensitive so if you feel brushing the first few days after a tooth appears is too painful, avoid that area.  Other babies find this soft brushing soothing to irritated gums.  If your baby is fussy while brushing his teeth, try singing to him or otherwise distracting him during the process.  Just like many other health habits, this one will take a little getting used to.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using toothpaste from day one of brushing.  Contrary to previous guidelines, the AAP now recommends using a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) once the first tooth erupts through the third birthday.  After three, AAP recommends using a pea-sized portion of fluoride toothpaste.  These guidelines were established after a recent study published in the September 2014 issue of Pediatrics sites fluoride as the most effective method to prevent cavities in children.  Surprising to many, tooth decay is the most chronic disease in children in the U.S.

When your baby is old enough to hold his own toothbrush, supply one made specifically for toddlers.  These will have smaller handles and heads, and the bristles will be extra soft.  Your dentist may have extras so ask for a sample next time you go in for a teeth cleaning.  For all the “do it myself” toddlers, you may want to buy non-fluoride toothpaste that he can apply himself and brush with repeatedly.  Many kids love the taste of toothpaste and it is common for them to want to eat it off their toothbrushes.  As long as they are not consuming excessive fluoride, brushing a few extra times with non-fluoride toothpaste is fine.

Most children see the dentist for the first time during their second year of life.  Your pediatrician should let you know when to schedule your first visit and may have a recommendation for a pediatric dentistry practice.  Ask the dentist if they offer a “trial” visit where your tot can become familiar with the idea of visiting the dentist without actually having a cleaning.  He can explore the waiting room, take a ride in the reclining chair and practice opening his mouth wide under a bright light.  This often makes the first real cleaning go a lot smoother.

Congrats on reaching the milestone of first teeth.  Before you know it, you’ll have a toddler with a mouth full of pearly whites.  Take good care of those beautiful teeth from the beginning to establish a lifetime of great oral hygiene and dental health.

Learn Common Biting and Teething Signs During Breastfeeding

Learn Common Biting and Teething Signs During Breastfeeding Now that your infant’s teeth are beginning to appear, are you worried about how their presence will affect your breastfeeding routine? Most moms experience temporary biting issues during breastfeeding, but they do not derail the journey altogether. With gentle persistence and careful attention to your baby’s moods during nursing, you’ll be able to find the source of biting and stop the habit before it forms.

If you notice a change during your breastfeeding sessions now that your little one’s teeth have started to come in, the emerging nibbling issue will most likely have to do with teething pains. To avoid your infant using your nipple as a teething relief, keep teething rings and other distractions on hand while nursing. Your infant’s sucking motions might slow down before the biting begins; because of how the tongue naturally covers the lower set of teeth, you baby will not be able to bite you in the middle of a proper latch. If your baby seems irritated or distracted while nursing, try disengaging and replacing your nipple with a cool teething ring or suitable substitute.

Disinterest during breastfeeding is a clue that your baby might be biting out of boredom. If you feel as though your child is biting out of a reason not including teething, immediately end the nursing session once the biting begins. Calmly but firmly unlatch your little one from your nipple without a big fuss. When you lead by calm example your baby will not get the satisfaction of getting a rise out of you. Do not reward biting with a dramatic gesture; simply end the nursing session firmly but without forcible words or actions. You want to avoid giving into your little one’s desire for a reaction because it is possible that your little will continue biting others to continue receiving attention. Remember, if you set the tone that biting is not acceptable during breastfeeding your little one will respond appropriately.

To continue avoiding biting, make sure to avoid play fighting or “love bites” so your little one is not confused by your actions. If you want to truly avoid the habit, engaging in playful biting only confuses your child as to what is appropriate. Make clear boundaries concerning biting others with your little one to avoid bad behavior inside or outside your home. Just because your little one is biting during breastfeeding does not mean that it is necessarily time to end nursing; be patient and usually you will be able to resolve this minor issue with attention to your baby’s actions and moods.


Teething: Breastfeeding and Baby’s First Tooth

Breastfeeding can offer a lot of sweet cuddle time with your infant, especially in the very early months when baby is all gums.  But once teething begins and baby’s first tooth arrives, you may be nervous about biting while breastfeeding.  From what I’ve heard, this is a common worry among new moms, but if baby does bite while teething, it can be resolved rather easily.

Teething:  Breastfeeding and Baby’s First ToothTaylor started getting her first tooth the day before she turned 5 months.  I must say, she has been very even tempered while teething.  I was expecting many sleepless nights and lots of crying, but she’s handled it like a champ.  The second tooth made its debut just three weeks later.

Taylor chews on anything and everything we put in front of her.  We have been giving her frozen teething rings, which seem to help.  But, oh the drool!  Who knew a little baby could produce so much saliva?!  I use it as an excuse to put her in a different cute outfit!

Taylor did try to bite me while breastfeeding one time and luckily she has not tried it again.  What I’ve learned is that I should be vigilant about when she’s wrapping up a feed and break the suction when she is done so she isn’t tempted to start chewing to soothe her aching gums.  Also, I’ve been told that if your baby bites while breastfeeding, you can take her off the breast, sternly say “don’t bite” or “don’t hurt mommy,” to teach her that breastfeeding will be interrupted if you bite.

Most importantly, enjoy your breastfeeding bonding sessions and your baby’s soon to be toothy grin!

Danah Bordner
New Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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