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Although they aren’t visible, babies are born with 20 almost fully formed teeth. Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are hidden under the gums at birth. Primary teeth typically begin to “erupt” from the gums around six months old.
Teething lasts from the eruption of the first tooth until your toddler is about 2.5 years old and has all of the primary teeth.
Teething is frequently uncomfortable and can cause fussiness and feeding issues as the teeth work through the sensitive skin of the gums. If your baby has problems with teething, you can take steps to minimize the pain and discomfort associated with teething.
Primary teeth are different from your baby’s permanent adult teeth. Primary teeth are gradually shed over the course of childhood and are replaced with permanent teeth, which begin to break through the gums gradually as the baby’s teeth are lost.
Although they are temporary, primary teeth are important. They help your child chew and learn to speak. It’s a good idea to instill good dental habits in your child from the very beginning of teething.
According to the American Dental Association, the two upper and lower front teeth are typically the first to show.
Baby teeth typically erupt in the following order:
be aware, however, that not all children follow this schedule exactly, and
there’s nothing wrong if teeth erupt in a different order. Visit a pediatric
dentist by your child’s first birthday. In addition to discussing oral health,
the pediatric dentist will watch teething order.