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Teething BabyOne 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.

That 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!


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  1. Just wanted to say, keep up the great and helpful work with these detailed posts. Wish they'd been around when my children were babies!

  2. Tom, this is a brilliant website, and helps a lot when mummies are in doubt!

    Thanks

  3. Hi Tom,
    My daughter is 11 months old and still doesn't have any teeth! Should I be concerned? She shows signs of teething for months now, but no teeth. I know every child develops differently, but I'm afraid something could be wrong? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

  4. Thanks for posting these pics. My 6 month old has been really fussy these last few days, and doesn't seem to be able to sleep very well. She's constantly tired, but keeps waking up. Did you notice any obvious swelling before the teeth erupted? I keep feeling her gums, but I'm not really sure what I'm feeling for...new at this. ;-)

  5. thank you so much tom it has helped so much. i wish i found U 1st time tHAnk YOu THANK YOU.

  6. Hyland's teething tabs contain Belladona. That is a sedative which are not recommended for babies. Furthermore homeopathic meds are not regulated by the FDA so it is hard to tell how much of the sedative is even in there.

  7. i can recommend these for teething.
    our daughter was an absolute nightmare with her teeth until we tried this. she has been wearing it since she was 8 months old and we haven't looked back since. i never take hers off, she sleeps with it on too. i have heard from a few people that take their lo's necklaces off at night and they all say that they still get sleepless nights due to teething. i think that they should be worn 24hrs a day. i feel quite happy that they are not a choking hazard. the necklace has a low breaking strain so if it had to get caught on something(an unlikely occurence) then it would snap. if it were to snap for any reason, each bead has been double knotted on, so that they wouldn't all fall off. i got mine off an Latvian Amber store. it was $15, so not expensive at all.

    http://www.latvianamberstore.com/#ecwid:category=2287307&mode=category&offset=0&sort=addedTimeDesc

  8. My son will be 3 months old on April 16th. Right now he has 2 tiny teeth that are coming in. Only thing that worries me, they are his upper canine teeth.

  9. Every baby is different. My son had no teeth until a week before his first birthday. They are developing in there and getting stronger. They will come before you know. Enjoy the pain free days! :)

  10. thanks my sons gums look like the top pics right now i was worried cause of a little bleeding but hopefully they will come out soon : )

  11. My son is a week shy of 17 months and still no teeth. This does not seem to slow him or his eating down one bit. His gums (upper gums in particular) have been swollen. The top two teeth you can see the outline perfectly and it appears that his gums have shifted down, kind of like the teeth are coming down but with the gums. Is this something we should be worried about. Are there some children that progress like this as I know this is not the norm.

    Thank you!

  12. Thank you for these pictures. My fourth son is currently cutting his molars (he's 11 months old) and he was just sitting outside with us when suddenly blood was pouring out of his mouth! I remembered that one of my other sons had a little blood when he teethed, but this was a lot more. This website reassured me that I was right and the bleeding was normal. My husband reported seeing a new molar in our baby's mouth that evening.

  13. this site is so wonderful! as I have been trying online to check what does teething look like on the upper gums and the pictures are exactly what my son's gums look like. but he is only 10 weeks old! again thank you.

  14. Thank you for these pictures, though they look VERY painful. My DD is 10 1/2 months old and just cut her bottom 2 teeth (about 2 weeks apart). Her upper gums look like this now, though I didn't remember seeing it before now so I wasn't sure if it was teething or not. (FTM) She wears an amber teething necklace and isn't that fussy, but when she is I like to give teething tablets, but I wanted to make sure she was teething first (if that makes since)

  15. My son's mouth looks very similar to the top pictures of Logan in how I can see the outline of his teeth through the front of his gums and also that his upper lip frenulum attaches to his hard palate. Is a frenulum attachment like this normal? Does it cause a gap between the two front teeth or any problems in mobility of the upper lip?

    • Hi Kaitlyn - Everyone's frenum goes from the front lip back towards the palate. It's hard to say if it will become a problem in the future. As long as he can eat fine, we usually don't do anything until they are done with braces and it looks like it will be a problem. I hope that helps!

    • My baby looked like this. She was diagnosed with a class 4 lip tie.

  16. My little boy is 6 months today (7-17-13)
    He is teething because he is constantly rubbing his gums. So today I pulled down his bottom lip snd noticed a small white bump on the outer part of the gum. It looked like a small white head (pimple) what could that be? And what can I use to relieve his pain or itchiness?

  17. Question regarding the gums-- was the baby pictured here classified as having a lip tie? Our three month old daughter has the same wide band on her upper gum, attaching the upper lip. We have read this can cause gapped teeth, speech issues, and sometimes feeding issues.

    We are also trying to figure out if her teeth buds indicate teething in process. Ah, so hard to tell!

  18. The line where it says babies don't die from teething is actually not accurate.
    A boy was lost in my husbands family, because all of his teeth came in at once and his fever spiked.
    A doctor advised that the boy's gums be cut open to allow the teeth to come down, but the mother
    did not want to. The child passed away from a fever spike and a few hours after, the teeth broke through the gums. A chilling story of some hereditary teething issues. As with all things, everything must be kept in check.

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