By Diane Griffith, Staff Writer, myOptumHealth
Your baby seems a little fussy and wants to chew on your finger - or anything else in sight. These could be early signs that a tooth may soon break through.
That first tooth should appear sometime around the age of 6 months. Don't worry, though, if your baby is still giving you that toothless grin months later. Some babies are born with teeth, while others still don't have them on their first birthday. This is often based on family history: If the parents were late or early teethers, there's a good chance the baby will follow suit. Talk to your doctor if you don't see any teeth once your baby's first birthday has passed.
Typically, the first teeth to come in are the two front bottom ones, followed by the two top teeth. Most children will have their full set of teeth by the age of 3.
How will I know if my baby is teething?
Your baby may have some discomfort during teething, but it is possible that there won't be any symptoms at all. Although it's commonly believed that fevers go along with teething, it's not so.
Some symptoms of teething include:
How can I make my baby feel more comfortable?
Give your baby extra cuddles, and try some of these tips to relieve the discomfort:
How should I care for my baby's teeth?
Keep your baby's teeth clean and healthy when they start coming in.
When should my baby go to the dentist?
Sometime between the appearance of your baby's first tooth and her first birthday, start taking her to a pediatric dentist for regular dental checkups.
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