If you have a baby approaching 6 months old, you can expect to see signs of teething soon. According to the National Institutes of Health, babies’ teeth first begin to appear when they reach 6 to 8 months old, and continue emerging until the child reaches 2 ½. The first teeth to emerge are generally the two bottom teeth in the front, followed by the child’s two front teeth on top. The NIH recommends that parents watch for the following signs of teething:
- Continuous desire to bite hard objects
- Sensitivity of the gums and swelling
- Difficulty sleeping
- Refusing food
Because the teeth are exerting pressure on their gums, babies who are teething often experience varying levels of discomfort. Parents can help alleviate the pain by gently rubbing the child’s gums with a rubber teething ring or even a cold apple or clean finger. However, parents should never attempt to expose the tooth themselves, as this can lead to infection. Regardless of when your child’s first tooth emerges, remember that babies need to see a dentist by their first birthday. To learn more, schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist through your True Care Advantage membership.