The process of baby teeth growing, or baby teeth development, is known as teething. Teething isn’t always uncomfortable or painful and many babies sail through the whole process without any problems or teething symptoms. However some babies will struggle with the discomfort caused by baby teeth breaking through their tender gums.
Baby teeth development
Primary teeth, or baby teeth, usually start coming through (erupting) at about 6 months of age. Of course there are always exceptions to this and some babies can start teething at 3 months old or as around their first birthday. Only rarely do teeth erupt later than this so by the age of three most children have all 20 of their primary teeth.
Secondary, or permanent, teeth usually begin replacing primary teeth around 6 years of age. Usually a permanent tooth pushes the primary tooth out as it erupts.
When teething is uncomfortable your baby may have several unpleasant teething symptoms.
These can include:
Do not hesitate to call your doctor any time you are worried about your baby’s teething symptoms or if you are concerned that your child is late with her teething.
Baby teeth development problems usually resolve by themselves or are easily treated by baby painkillers prescribed by your GP.
How can you help?
If your baby is having some discomfort while teething you could: