Teething

Dental Eruption Cyst Upper Front Teeth

A little over a year ago, I wrote an article discussing eruption cysts.  Those are the bluish-purple bumps that can form on the gums right before a tooth pushes its way into the mouth.

Upon first glance, many parents are understandably concerned that their child has a serious problem in their mouth.  The photo I used in the original article isn’t very clear, and I thought it would be good to post a couple more photos that were recently shared with me.

Photos of Eruption Cysts

The photo below shows two eruption cysts over the permanent upper front teeth.  The teeth are still white, the purple color is due to bruising that has occurred between the gums and the permanent tooth.  Usually, no treatment is necessary and the teeth will come through within a couple of weeks.

Dental Eruption Cyst Upper Front Teeth

The next photo shows an eruption cyst where the upper left six-year molar is preparing to come into the mouth.  Many parents may not even notice eruption cysts when they occur this far back in the mouth.

Eruption Cyst Upper Back Molar

Fact: Since many eruption cysts occur on the back teeth and only last a few weeks, they often go undetected.  Because of this, nobody really knows how common eruption cysts really are.  Most estimates say that they occur in under 1% of all children.

To Treat or Not to Treat

Normally, eruption cysts don’t need any treatment.  The tooth will usually poke through the eruption cyst and come into the mouth on its own within a couple of weeks.  If the eruption cyst is causing lots of pain, or if it is causing concerns due to its appearance (as in the first photo), it can be cut open to expose the tooth.

You can click the following link to check out a picture of a tooth after its eruption cyst has been opened.

More Pictures of Eruption Cysts

You can find more photos of eruption cysts in this article that appeared in the Indian Journal of Dental Research.

If you have any questions or concerns on eruption cysts, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

Photos generously provided by Dr. Sarah Hill, a pediatric dentist in Oak Harbor, WA.

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Teething Baby Pictures
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One of the most frequently read articles on Oral Answers over the past year is an article that I wrote back in January called What A Baby’s Gums Look Like While Teething.

Teething BabyThat article only showed pictures of the two lower teeth coming in.  I figured that it would also be helpful to show what the upper two teeth look like while coming in.

Also, since all babies are different, I figured it might be helpful to see pictures of a different teething baby.

Melissa, an avid photographer, did an excellent job of documenting her son’s teething experience.

Her son Logan is now four years old and has all of his baby teeth.  Melissa generously allowed me to use her photos in this article to show what his teeth looked like as they came through his gums and how he made it through the teething stage.

How A Baby’s Teeth Look As They Cut Through The Gums

Here’s a picture of Logan’s two upper front teeth as they came poking through the gums:Teething Teeth Poking Through Gums

Here’s a slightly different angle of the same picture:

Teething: Teeth Cutting Through Gums

Here’s a photo of Logan 8 days after the two above pictures were taken:

Teething Teeth Through Gums

Melissa says that Logan’s teething lasted about one week per set of teeth that came in (teeth usually come into the mouth in pairs.)

How to Help Your Baby Survive Teething

There are many things that you can do to help your baby survive the teething process — I don’t mean survive literally, as modern science has shown that babies don’t die from teething!

Melissa states the following about how she helped Logan make it through his difficult teething experience:

“Since he did have one set come in right after another, it was hard to tell when he wasn’t teething minus the spike of a fever right before his teeth would come in. We constantly kept a bib on him to help soak up the drool. He had eczema and the drool made it worse, so I used a clear diaper rash ointment down his chin, neck and chest to protect that area and treat and prevent the rash from getting worse. Logan liked small, plastic, water filled teething rings that you put in the refrigerator. He also liked cold, wet wash cloths to chew on. Apples helped for some of his teeth, but he didn’t like them every time. We tried Orajel, but he didn’t really like it that much. It did seem to help when he would let us get it in there.

Hyland's Teething TabletsMostly, he liked chewing on our fingers. It could hurt us, but at a certain point you will do anything to give your little one some relief. Baby Tylenol for the fevers and night time pain helped once in a while, but if you have a baby who is constantly teething, like Logan, you can’t exactly keep them hopped up on Tylenol. Hyland’s has a teething pill that is natural that really helped Logan and I highly recommend. I also nursed Logan until he was 12 months old, and I think that helped. He never bit me, but it seemed to sooth him somehow.”

Here’s a link to the Hyland’s Teething Tablets that Melissa mentioned.  They seem to have pretty good reviews on Amazon – I wish I’d known about them with our first child!

Here’s a few photos that show Logan easing his teething pain with plastic teething rings, a toy he ripped off his bouncer, and an apple:

Teething Habits

Just as a comparison, here’s two photos that show Logan teething as a baby, then again as a toddler.  It seems like he didn’t mind it as much once he got a little big older.

Teething as a Baby and Toddler

You and Your Baby Will Make It Through Teething

I remember when our oldest son was teething for the first time, my wife and I had no idea what to do.  He was extremely irritable.  At the time, I was going to school full time and my wife was working full time.  We were both exhausted and I vividly remember one night we were both up with our son and my wife ran out to go get some Orajel (which we’ve since learned more about).

Those days are far behind us and we now have a couple of kids with full sets of teeth.  In retrospect, teething was just one small part of their infancy.  Although it was uncomfortable for them at the time, it really is just a distant memory now.

Near the end of her email to me, Melissa said:

“Time has a way of making you forget some of the little parts of their childhood.

Teething will be over before you know it, and you and your baby will both make it through just fine!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about teething, feel free to leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading!

Baby Teething Symptoms
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In a paper presented over 100 years ago (1896) at a meeting of the American medical Association, Dr. S.W. Foster said the following about teething:

“The [teething] child becomes wakeful, restless, and fretful, refuses nourishment; the alimentary canal becomes more active, diarrhea follows, and if relief is not given, relaxation of the vital forces follows, and we have nausea, vomiting, confulsions, paralysis, and not infrequently, death.” (Source)

Fortunately, modern medicine has come a long way since the late 1800’s and we now know a lot more about teething.

Want to know what symptoms teething does cause?  Learn about ten real teething symptoms.

10 Symptoms that Teething Doesn’t Cause

False Teething Symptoms1 – Congestion

2 – Diarrhea

3 – Rashes that aren’t on the face

4 – A high fever (teething can cause a minor fever)

5 – Nausea

6 – Convulsions

7 – Paralysis

8 – Vomiting

9 – Sicknesses such as croup and primary herpetic gingivostomatitis

10 – Death

Although it can be argued that death isn’t a “symptom”, but I thought I would add it to the list since many years ago it was a very common belief that teething caused death because so many deaths occurred around the teething ages.  These deaths were likely caused by sicknesses.

Find Out the Real Cause of the Symptom

A study that examined 125 children’s teething symptoms concluded the following:

“We discovered no evidence that teething was associated with any severe, health-threatening conditions. Thus, before attributing any signs or symptoms of a potentially serious illness to teething, physicians and parents must rule out other possible causes. Additional prospective studies may help determine whether occasionally individuals experience signs and symptoms in association with tooth eruption not described in our article.”

If it appears that teething is making your baby sick then you should try to figure out the real cause of the problem.

Do you have a question, comment, or story to share about teething symptoms in your baby?  Go ahead and leave a comment in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

Baby Teething Gel and Methemoglobinemia
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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to an upset teething baby.  You stick some Orajel in the baby’s mouth and go back to bed for some sleep.  The next morning, you realize that your baby isn’t breathing.  Although rare, this can happen.

Teething BabyLast month, the FDA spoke out about a certain complication known as methemoglobinemia that can occur with Orajel and other popular baby teething gels on the market.

Methemoglobinemia occurs when hemoglobin (the protein in blood that carries oxygen) gets modified so that it can’t carry oxygen to the body as effectively.  Because we all need oxygen to survive, methemoglobinemia is a potentially fatal disease.

Any teething gel that contains benzocaine can cause methemoglobinemia.  This includes such brands as:

The complication that can occur with baby teething gels is due to the local anesthetic, benzocaine, which teething gels use to cause a numbing sensation in your teething baby’s gums.

In their warning, the FDA states: “Methemoglobinemia has been reported with all strengths of benzocaine gels and liquids, including concentrations as low as 7.5%. The cases occurred mainly in children aged two years or younger who were treated with benzocaine gel for teething.”

In case you’re wondering, the strength of benzocaine in Orajel Baby teething gel is 7.5%.  Here’s the Drug Facts label for Baby Orajel if you’d like to take a look.

Symptoms of Methemoglobinemia

If you’ve used a lot of teething gel on your teething baby, it’s important to look for the following symptoms, which can be a sign of methemoglobinemia:

  • Pale, grayish-blue skin, lips, and finger/toe nail beds.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness

If you believe that your baby has methemoglobinemia, it is important to seek medical care immediately.

How to Prevent Your Teething Baby From Getting Methemoglobinemia

The best way to prevent your teething baby from getting methemogloginemia would be to simply not use teething gels.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that you can simply massage your baby’s gums or give them a chilled teething ring.

Looking for more ways to calm your teething baby without using Orajel?  Check out the article, Eight Natural Teething Remedies to Help Your Teething Baby.

Conclusion

If you want more information about Methemoglobinemia and teething gels, you can check out this news release from the American Dental Association.

It is important to remember that any drug that you give your child can have serious side effects.  Make sure that you are an informed parent by learning about each drug you give your child – not just teething gels!

Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns about methemoglobinemia and teething gels?  I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

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Natural Teething Remedies
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Many parents aren’t comfortable giving their little teething babies teething gel, especially when they hear about the rare, but serious side effects that can occur. Back before teething gels were invented, many parents used natural methods to calm their teething babies. Fortunately, for those parents that don’t want to give their teething babies drugs, there are many natural teething remedies to choose from. The teething baby boy pictured to the left would be a great little spokesman for the natural teething baby association as he happily soothes his aching gums with a carrot. While I do list some natural teething remedies below, it’s pretty likely that I passed over some good ones.  If you know of a good, natural teething remedy that I didn’t mention, please write about it in the comments section below.

Eight Natural Teething Remedies to Help Your Teething Baby

1 – Teething Biscuits.  Many parents love using teething biscuits to calm their teething babies.  Be sure to choose a teething biscuit that is healthy for your little one.  When used in moderation, teething biscuits shouldn’t adversely affect your little one’s oral health.

Want to learn more about teething biscuits?  Read Teething Biscuits: A Natural Way to Calm Your Teething Baby.

2 – Frozen Teething Rings. Cold items such as teething rings can alleviate the pain that a teething baby experiences.

Using a Carrot to Calm a Teething Baby3 -Frozen Carrots & Bananas. Frozen bananas are a sweet treat that can ease your baby’s sore gums.  If your baby chews on a frozen carrot, only small bits of carrot come off at a time.  Some parents don’t want to give their children frozen objects because they don’t want to inadvertently freeze their baby’s gums by giving them something so cold.  If you want to play it safe, just go with a cold carrot, as pictured above.

Important – Any time you give your baby something to eat, you must stay with them at all times to help prevent choking.

4 – A small, cold metal spoon. You can either keep some spoons in the refrigerator, or put a small metal spoon in a glass of ice water.  Your teething baby can then hold the spoon and bite down on it to help soothe their irritated gums.

5 – A cold, damp washcloth. Some parents have found that their baby enjoys chewing on a frozen damp washcloth or a cold, wet washcloth.

6 – Dried Fruit. Many parents advocate the use of dried apples to help ease teething troubles.  Any dried fruit that allows the child to chew can help alleviate teething problems.  Keep in mind that you should use dried fruit in moderation, as it can cause tooth decay.

Want to know which of the six kinds of fruit are bad for your child’s teeth?  Read Is Fruit Good or Bad For Your Teeth?  It Depends.

7 – Ice chips in a clean baby sock. Some parents have found that by putting small ice chips in a baby sock, and then tying off the sock, they can give their baby something cold without the risk of their baby’s gums getting too cold.

8 – Gently rub your baby’s gums with your finger.  I’ve tried this with my children and it seemed to help them, although my daughter has bit me before!  It didn’t hurt too much however due to the lack of teeth.  Holding your baby and massaging their gums with your finger can also provide comfort to your teething baby during this hard time.

Beware of Possibly Dangerous Natural Teething Remedies

The internet is an interesting place.  Almost anybody can say anything about any topic under the sun.  It is important to know that although teething does cause some irritation in your child, it’s probably a good idea to not use any unproven homeopathic remedies. Dr. Steven Pray, a professor at the College of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University has said, “Parents or caregivers should be cautioned against use of unproven and potentially dangerous teething remedies such as homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna, coffee, magnets, tea tree oil, anise seed, clove oil, and cantharides.” Use your common sense when dealing with your teething baby.  Many parents simply look for a quick fix to their baby’s teething troubles, possibly putting their precious baby at risk.

What Do You Do to Help Your Teething Baby?

Do you have any other suggestions to help the parents that are reading this post be able to more effectively calm their teething baby?  Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments section below – Thanks for reading!

Teething Biscuits Natural Teething Remedy
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Many parents are looking for a way to help soothe their teething baby that doesn’t involve smearing a numbing gel such as Orajel on their gums.  Teething biscuits are just one of many alternatives and have been around for quite some time.

Does Your Teething Baby Need Teething Biscuits?

Baby Teething BiscuitThe short answer to this question is no.  Your baby does not need teething biscuits.  Certain babies may not be ready for solid foods such as teething biscuits.  As a parent, you know your baby better than anyone else and can probably make the best decision as to whether or not teething biscuits are right for your child.  Here are a few advantages to teething biscuits:

1 – Teething biscuits can soothe your baby’s gums and satisfy the urge that your child has to bite during teething (one of the 10 symptoms of a teething baby)

2 – Teething biscuits help your child learn to feed him or herself.

3 – Teething biscuits can provide valuable nutrition to your child that may be difficult to obtain while the child is teething.

My wife and I gave teething biscuits to our daughter during her teething episodes.  We found that some of them made a mess, but overall they helped ease our daughter’s teething troubles.

Where to Buy Teething Biscuits

Baby Mum Mum Rice Rusks Teething BiscuitsYou can find teething biscuits at pretty much any grocery store or at an online retailer such as Amazon.  A few popular types to consider are:

Make Your Own Teething Biscuits

If you’d rather not pay retail prices, it may be cheaper to make your own teething biscuits at home, not to mention that you’ll know exactly what you are feeding your baby.

WholesomeBabyFood.com has this page with some good teething biscuit recipes and it tells you what ingredients are safe to use for your baby.

Conclusion

Teething biscuits certainly aren’t the only natural way to help your teething baby.  In my next teething article I’ll go into detail about the many other natural ways to help pacify your teething child.

I also want to add a caution that any solid objects near your child’s mouth do pose a choking risk so you should always supervise them if you decide to give them teething biscuits.

Have you ever given teething biscuits to your teething child?  Do you have any questions, comments, or stories to share about teething?  I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

Teething Baby Symptoms
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Did you know that 5,016 children died from teething in just one year in Wales and England? The year was 1839. Since many babies died around the age of teething, most people simply assumed that it was the teething that killed them. Luckily we’ve come a long way since then — we now know that babies don’t die from teething!

We’ve also discovered that teething really doesn’t cause a lot of the symptoms that we’ve traditionally thought. For example, teething doesn’t cause a high fever.

Teething can be a very painful process for your little loved one.  Often, as parents it is easier for us to focus on how our infant’s teething affects us, such as disrupting our sleep, interrupting a peaceful day, or getting in the way of things we want to get done.

It is important to understand what your child is going through.  Try to imagine what it would feel like if there were tiny knives under your gums pushing their way into your mouth – it probably would be kind of painful and irritating.  It’s that irritability that kicks off our list of 10 signs of a teething baby.

10 Signs & Symptoms of a Teething Baby

A Teething Baby1 – Irritability and pain were reported by parents in this survey to be the most common symptoms of their teething babies.

2 – Waking up in the middle of the night and not sleeping well is another very common symptom that my wife and I experienced most with our little girl.  Our son really didn’t seem to have very much trouble with teething other than when he got his first tooth.

3 – Not wanting to eat solid foods is an understandable symptom of teething because their gums hurt so bad that the thought of chewing on some food probably doesn’t sound too good.

4 – Biting things.  You may notice that your child seems to want to bite a lot of things.  Our kids would never bite the teething toys that we got them.  Interestingly enough, the very expensive crib from Babies ‘R Us that my wife just had to get now has lots of bite marks on the top railing, a permanent reminder of the times when our kids were teething!  Our daughter would also often remove the pen from my shirt pocket and start biting it.

5 – Increased salivary flow and drooling.  You may notice that your child starts producing more saliva which causes them to drool more when they are teething.

6 – Rubbing their gums.  Babies will sometimes try to rub their gums to alleviate the pain.

7 – Ear rubbing was a common finding among teething babies.

8 – A mild fever has been found to occur during teething, but it’s important to keep in mind that major fevers are not associated with teething.  If your child has a really high fever, chances are that something else is causing it.

9 – A rash on their face – While a rash on your baby’s face can be a symptom of teething, rashes anywhere else on their body haven’t been found to be associated with teething.

10 – Sucking on things.  You might find your child sucking on their fingers more than before or sucking on random objects around the house that then become covered in drool!

Further reading: If you’d like to read more about teething, you can check out the book Paediatric Dentistry, read this study about real teething symptoms, or read this survey that parents answered about teething.

Will Your Teething Baby Have All of These Symptoms?

It’s almost certain that your baby will not have all of the symptoms mentioned above.  This study that appeared in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics states that not one of the above symptoms was present in more than 35% of teething babies.

Most teething babies will get a few of the symptoms that are mentioned above, so you can use the teething symptoms above as a loose guideline to see if the symptoms your baby has are normal during teething.

What Symptoms Have You Noticed In Your Teething Baby?

While the ten symptoms above were shown to be associated with teething in a scientific paper, science is always changing as we learn and discover more.

Have you noticed any teething signs and symptoms in your baby that aren’t mentioned above?  Do you have any questions about teething?   I’d love to hear your comments and questions in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

Does Teething Cause a Fever in Teething Babies?
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There are so many symptoms that are attributed to teething that many parents think that they’re child is almost always teething!  Traditionally, “academic research” has found that teething doesn’t really cause a fever, while many parents and caregivers that are actually taking care of teething babies report that they definitely do get fevers during teething.

Where does the truth lie?  Do teething babies really get fevers?  I decided to find out.

Does Teething Cause a Fever?

Does Teething Cause a Fever?This is a tricky question and in order to answer it, we need to define exactly what a fever is.  If we define a fever as a temperature above 102º, then the answer is usually pretty clear that teething does not cause a major fever over 102 degrees.

But, when we define a fever as a smaller temperature rise, say a temperature of 100º for example, the answer is not so clear-cut.

A study that appeared in the journal Pediatrics followed 494 different tooth eruptions.  They found that “mild temperature elevation” was associated with teething, but a high fever of 102º degrees and above was not associated with teething.

Another study followed 46 healthy infants while they were teething.  20 of them had a fever within a few days of cutting their first tooth while only 7 of them had a fever a couple of weeks before their first tooth poked through their gums.  Although it would appear from these results that teething is associated with a fever, they had some cautionary advice:

From the data presented here it would seem that the ‘granny’s tale’ that infants cut their teeth with fever is supported. We would like to stress the danger in attributing fever to teething without ruling out other pathology. Children are teething from about 6 months to 6 years and therefore can easily be found to be teething when ill from other causes. Only the eruption of the first tooth is a clear landmark and so this study limited itself to the period before its emergence. We are intrigued by our finding and have no explanation to offer at this stage for the observation.

We were taught as students to listen to parents; grandma seems also to have had something to tell us.

From the two studies above, it may appear that teething does cause a mild fever in some children.

The last study I would like to share followed 90 different tooth eruptions. They analyzed the data in many different ways, but in the end they couldn’t find an association between fevers and teething:

A possible association between teething and fever was investigated in several ways…A graph of mean z score temperatures for the 28 days either side of an eruption day showed no trends toward raised or rising temperature near eruption days. Two separate logistic regression analyses adjusting for age were performed to examine possible associations between toothday status and fever. In the first, high fever was compared with no fever, whereas in the second low fever score was compared with no fever.  Neither analysis indicated a relationship between tooth eruption and fever.

The last study failed to find any association between fevers and teething.

Conclusion – Does Teething Cause Fevers?

The few studies that we do have on this subject give us mixed answers.  There are a few things that we can say for sure:

1 – Children get lots of fevers.  It could be that the fevers that they get around the time that they are teething are simply by coincidence.

2 – If your child is sick while teething, don’t just assume that it is due to the teething.  It’s always best to get a definitive answer from a doctor.

3 – Teething doesn’t cause fevers, but some teething babies may experience a slight rise in temperature around the time when they are teething.

I hope that answers some of your questions about teething and fevers.  If you have any questions, comments, or teething stories to share, feel free to leave them below in the comments section.  Thanks for reading!

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How Long Does Teething Last?
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If you’ve had a child, then you probably know how teething affects kids — and parents!

When it comes to teething, many parents want to know at what age teething starts and how long it will last.  While I can’t give you an exact answer as to when your child will start teething and for how long, I can point out some general guidelines.

The Age When Babies Start Teething

The average baby’s first tooth pokes through their gums right around the age of six to ten months.  Since all baby’s get their first tooth at a different age, it may help to give a general outline of when to expect all 20 of your baby’s teeth.  I mostly used the data from the ADA’s Primary Tooth Eruption Chart (PDF) and have put the average age in months when each event occurs (shown in parentheses) below as well.

Around  4 to 10 months your baby will get their first teeth, the lower front two teeth, the lower central incisors.  (~8 months)

Two months later the two upper front teeth (central incisors) will come into your baby’s mouth. (~10 months)

One month later, the upper lateral incisors will come in. (~11 months)

Two months later, the lower lateral incisors will come in. (~13 months)

Three months later, your baby’s first molars will come in on the top and on the bottom. (~16 months)

Three months after that, your baby will get the upper canine teeth. (~19 months)

One month later, your baby will get the lower canine teeth. (20 months)

Seven months later, your baby will get their lower second molars. (27 months)

Two months later, your baby will complete their baby teeth by getting their upper second molars. (29 months)

Age Babies Start Teething

As you can see, your baby will constantly be getting new teeth over the course of about two years.  It’s important to understand that while your child will keep getting new teeth during this time, they won’t be teething the entire time.  Teething refers to the process by which a tooth erupts through the gums into the mouth.  This process can include some pain and discomfort, usually during the period of time before you actually see the tooth emerge from the gum.

Now that you know when to expect all 20 of your baby’s teeth, let’s discuss teething in greater detail.

How Long Does Teething Last?

In the late 1990’s, a survey was sent out to many parents asking them about various aspects of their children’s teething habits.  One question that I noticed in particular asked the parents how long their babies had teething symptoms for each tooth that came into their mouth.  Aside from a few parents that said their children didn’t experience any teething symptoms (I wish I could say that!), here’s what the rest had to say about how long teething lasted for their kids:

How Long Does Teething Last?

As you can see, the results are all over the place.

If you do a quick search on the internet, you come up with many interesting stories, some of which claim that teething takes over 6 months!  Take a quick look at the following comment that user chrellis_26 said on the BabyCenter website:

“My son started the teething process at about three and a half months, he was ten months old when he finally got one tooth. Lately, now at fifteen months, it can take days or weeks of irritable behavior before a tooth comes in.”

I think the reason that there are so many differing opinions on this issue is because many people attribute fevers and other unexplained irritable behavior to teething.  For example, some people believe that teething can cause a high fever and diarrhea – both of which are teething myths (stay tuned for a teething myths article in the future!)

The real process of teething can cause some inflammation in the gum tissue as the tooth pokes through.  Personally, I believe that teething would normally last from about 1-7 days per tooth.  Several months of teething pain seems a bit far-fetched.  The only authoritative quote I could find on this subject comes from the book Paediatric Dentistry, edited by Richard Welbury.  It states:

“Inflammation of the gingival tissues before complete emergence of the crown may cause a temporary painful condition that subsides within a few days.”

Sometimes babies can get multiple teeth at the same time, so it may seem like teething is taking forever, especially when you’re waking up at all hours of the night to comfort your little bundle of teething joy.

Conclusion

To sum it up, teething will be occurring over and over from a week or so before your baby gets their first tooth and until a week or so before your child gets their last baby tooth — right around the age of 2 ½.

Do you have any questions about teething or any experiences to share?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

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Teething: How a Baby's Gums Look While Teething
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A few years ago, my wife and I kept thinking that our son was getting his first tooth.  He eventually got it, but there were many times when it looked like his first tooth would be coming in and it didn’t.  It’s important to know that the first tooth usually comes in around six months of age.

Since a baby’s first tooth is often anxiously awaited by parents and often takes longer than expected to poke through, I decided to post a couple of photos of a young baby that were taken before and after his first tooth came in — just five days apart.  This will show you what you might see if a tooth is close to making its debut!

Teething: Baby's First Tooth

The photo on the left was taken five days before the photo on the right.  In the photo on the left, you can see that there is a little bump on the gums where the lower tooth will come in.  In the photo on the right, you can see that the tooth finally poked through into the baby’s mouth.

What a Baby’s Gums Look Like When They Are Teething

Here’s a close-up of the image on the left.  You can clearly see that the gums are raised up slightly where the new tooth will be coming in.

Teething Baby's Gums

What a Baby’s First Tooth Looks Like

Here’s a close-up of the image on the right, that shows the baby’s tooth finally poking up through the gums:

Teething Baby's First Tooth

Take a look at Teething Baby Pictures to see more pictures of baby teeth coming in.

Conclusion

It’s important to keep in mind that the appearance of the gums isn’t the only indication that your baby’s first tooth is about to poke through.  Here are some other signs and symptoms of a teething baby.

If you have any questions or comments regarding your teething child, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

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When Will My Baby's First Tooth Come In?
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Many parents wait with anticipation to finally see their baby’s first tooth poking through the gums.  A baby getting his or her very first tooth can be an exciting and sometimes tiring experience for both baby and parents.

When does the average baby get their first tooth?

Baby's First Tooth

When Does a Baby’s First Tooth Erupt?

The average baby’s first tooth comes into their mouth right around the age of 6 months. The first tooth is usually a lower front tooth.

What If My Baby Doesn’t Have Any Teeth at 6 Months?

Some parents may wonder if something is developmentally wrong with their child if they haven’t gotten their first tooth by the time they’ve reached six months of age.

Keep in mind that six months is just an average.  Some babies are born with teeth already in their mouth.  These are known as natal teeth.

Many babies don’t get their first tooth until they are almost one year old.  My son didn’t get his first tooth until he was about 10 months old.  Today, he’s a bright, intelligent little boy!

Conclusion – Just Relax!

In conclusion, if you’re baby’s first tooth hasn’t come in by the age of six months, rest assured that your baby is most likely normal.  The average age that a baby’s tooth comes in is six months.  Many baby’s get their first tooth after this, and some get them before.  If you do have concerns, you can always call your family dentist to see if an appointment should be made.

Do you have any questions or comments about baby teeth or teething?  Please leave them in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!