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What Are the Five Stages of Teething?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by West End Dental
Beautiful Black baby smiling after parents made an appointment at West End Dental in Portland, ORYou are probably very familiar with the notion that all children teethe, which means they have new teeth that erupt from their gums. However, you may not know that the teething process has five stages. It is important to understand each stage your child is going through so you can prepare for it.

Stage One: The First Six Months of Life

You may not believe this, but your baby is born with all of their teeth already budded and in their jawbones. These incoming baby teeth are also called milk teeth because, for the first few months of their life, they do not need their teeth, as all they are consuming is milk. Once all of the baby teeth come in, they will have 20 teeth in all. While this amount is not close to the adult number of teeth, it is a perfect number for a smaller mouth and jawbone.

Stage Two: The Teeth Begin to Erupt

For most babies, teething begins from the sixth to eighth months. However, keep in mind that some babies do not begin to teethe until close to their first birthday. During stage two, you will begin to notice signs that your baby may soon have their first tooth. You may notice your baby is drooling and mouthing objects more often. The first teeth you will see erupt are their lower front teeth, called incisors.

Stage Three: The First Molars

For some babies, stage three occurs between 10 and 14 months of age. This stage sees the appearance of the first molars in the back of the mouth. Some children have fever, diarrhea, and rashes while their molars are erupting.

Stage Four: The Canines

Stage four is usually less painful for your baby than stage three. The canines appear between their molars and incisors at between 16 months and two years of age.

Stage Five

Stage five is usually the most painful stage because the largest molars appear when your toddler is between two and three years old. You may need to give them pain relievers and cold things to chew on during this stage.

Not sure you are doing the right thing with the teething stages? Why not reach out to us today to make an appointment to have your baby evaluated?

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