There are various milestones in a baby’s life that moms anticipate with great excitement – the first time they show awareness, their first smile, the first time they sit up, their first word, and their first steps. Their first teeth? Not so much. Teething is as tough for moms as it is for babies, not just because their children’s cries can keep them up at night, but because there is little that can be done to completely soothe baby’s pain as the teeth make their way through the gums.
The best thing you can do for your baby is to be prepared for the different stages of teething. Here’s what to expect:
Cutting teeth in-utero
Your baby’s teeth start to develop at around month four or five of your pregnancy, when the tooth buds form beneath the gums. These roots will eventually produce the teeth that serve your child for the rest of his life.
At about age four to eight months, your baby’s first top and bottom incisor teeth will peek through the gums. This debut might put your mind at ease with regard to teething because the teeth are thin and sharp and will come through the gums quite easily and with minimal fuss.
Don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet, the real test of your willpower will come when your baby’s molars start to make an appearance at around age one. The molars and canines cause a lot of pain because they have large, broad surface areas that need to pierce the gums in order to set in the mouth. By age two, the second set of molars would have erupted and then teething is all over.
Shortly after your baby’s first birthday, take him to see the dentist and start that relationship early and promote a habit of good dental care in your child.
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