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The baby's first teeth usually appear around 6 months of age, however in some babies the appearance of teeth may be noticed at 3 months of age or only when the child turns 1 year old, because it can be influenced by other factors, including genetics, and it is important that they are followed up by the dentist and pediatrician. In general, the appearance of teeth happens as follows:
- Between 6 and 10 months - Lower central incisor teeth;
- Between 7 and 12 months - Upper central incisor teeth;
- Between 7 and 16 months - Lower lateral incisors;
- Between 9 and 13 months - Upper lateral incisors;
- Between 12 and 19 months - Upper and lower first molars;
- Between 16 and 23 months - Upper and lower canines;
- Between 20 and 33 months - Lower and upper second molars.
Incisors cut food, canines are responsible for piercing and tearing food and molars for crushing food. The birth order of teeth occurs according to changes in the type and consistency of the food given to the baby.
The baby's first complete set of teeth has 20 teeth, 10 on top and 10 on the bottom and all of them must have been born by age 5. It is important that the appointment with the dentist is scheduled as soon as the first teeth are noticed, so that it is possible that the orientation on the hygiene of the baby's mouth can be started. Here's how to brush your baby's teeth.
How to know when teeth are coming in
The baby's teething usually lead to the appearance of signs and symptoms, such as gum pain and swelling, causing difficulty in eating, which leads the baby to drool a lot, put fingers and all objects in the mouth, in addition to crying and getting irritated easily and having a fever in some cases. Learn how to identify the symptoms of the birth of the first teeth.
How to relieve discomfort
To relieve the discomfort of the birth of the first teeth, it is recommended that ice is applied to the baby's gums, as it is possible to reduce inflammation and swelling, relieving discomfort. In addition, giving the baby cold toys or breast milk popsicles, for example, can also help relieve the symptoms of teething. Check out more tips on what to do to reduce the discomfort of teething.