All About Teething

Category: Newborns

MHchecks with the experts on what you can expect during your baby’s teething process.

WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI

 

Witnessing the appearance of your baby’s first pearly whites is an exciting time for parents. Your baby is growing up! However, the teething process can be painful for your baby. Don’t worry, because there are a few things you can do to help relieve your baby’s pain. We will also provide you with advice from the experts on tips to take care of your baby’s teeth so they remain as healthy and strong as possible.

 

Let the Teething Begin!

But first, let’s talk about when the teething process will start. Generally, babies will begin to teeth when they are around six months old – this is when the lower front teeth will start to appear, says Dr Chong Hui Theng, dental surgeon at Raffles Dental.

Have you noticed your baby’s teeth making their way out earlier than this? Or is your baby older than six months and her first tooth is still nowhere in sight? Fret not, because this is entirely normal. “It is normal for teething to start anytime between three to 12 months of age,” assures Dr Chong. In very rare instances, some babies may even already have their teeth at birth. So, don’t worry if your baby’s first tooth grows earlier or later; the teething process will vary from baby to baby.

 

Teething Timeline

The teething process will typically start with the lower central incisors (the two bottom middle teeth) at about six months – of course, as we said earlier, some babies might get their first few teeth earlier or later.

  • At eight to 12 months old, your baby will get her upper central incisors (the two upper middle teeth).
  • Next, comes the lateral incisors when your baby is nine to 16 months old. These are the teeth located next to the middle teeth.
  • At 13 to 19 months, the first primary molars will appear, after which, the canines will begin to erupt at 16 to 23 months.
  • The final stage of the teething process will end with the appearance of the second molars at 23 to 36 months old. “Your child will have all 20 primary teeth when he or she is about three years old,” says Associate Professor Catherine Hong, senior consultant, Discipline of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, University Dental Cluster, National University Hospital.

 

Is My Baby Teething?

Unless you actually see your baby’s first tooth sprouting out, it can be hard to tell if your baby is starting to teeth. While some babies go through their teething process without showing that many signs of it, there are others who might be “very fussy or irritable”, says Dr Chong.

If your baby is displaying this behaviour, you can check for a number of signs to find out if it is due to your baby starting to teeth. “Common signs and symptoms of teething include red and swollen gums, biting more, putting things in his or her mouth, generally more unsettled, and may be difficult to feed,” says Dr Chong, “Many babies also drool more than usual, which may cause a rash in the chin and face region.”

 

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