Caring for Your Child's Teeth: The Baby Years

teethingTeething. It's one of those words you hear before having kids and don't pay much attention to. But when babies start teething -- hooo boy, it's impossible not to pay attention to.

Some little ones breeze through teething with nary a whimper in sight, but others are constantly uncomfortable and practically impossible to soothe. It's heartbreaking, frustrating, and it can actually be kind of confusing (is it an ear ache or teething?). Here's everything you need to know about teething from first signs to when to start brushing.


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insei... inseineangel

Teething... what a fun process. 

I've been told I'm pretty lucky with my daughter, she's got about 6 or so teeth in now (8 months), and honestly, I didn't even know when she started cutting teeth. She's a trooper, I'll give her that.

She started on Puffs about a month ago, and she absolutely LOVES them. And Baby Mum-Mums (have to keep a close eye with those). My dog also highly recommends them. She's our voluntary baby clean up machine, lol. I also got her this little pink hand, I believe it's made by Nuk. It's a hard and soft teething toy, easy to hold on to, with 5 little fingers to chew on (that AREN'T mine!).


My daughter didn't get her first tooth until a day before her 1st birthday. Now she's 21 months and only has 8. Are anyone else's kids like that? So I was lucky that I didn't have to deal with a lot of teething trouble. Since she's older she doesn't whine and cry as much.

lovem... lovemyson1224

@mrl84 my son is 27 months and still hasn't cut his lateral incisors. All of his others he cut pretty early. He's been to the dentist 2x just for cleanings and they aren't that concerned. You may want to schedule a dentist appointment for her. Starting young gets them used to going so they aren't scared when they are older.

Melissa Young

Kids vary so much with teething time.  My older daughter was very late with her teeth, and that lasted all through her life(age 18 now).  She got her bottom teeth about age 9months.  then she was slow getting the others.  She wasn't even ready for braces until she was 13.  SHe had 2 surgeries to remove baby teeth to make room for adult size teeth and prepare for braces.  My younger daughter(age 13 now) was early with teething(started like 4 months). She was done getting in all her adult teeth by age 11. She started braces at age 10 and the braces were done by age 12.  She had no surgery needs to prepare her mouth for braces. Very different depending on the genetics and the indiviual child.

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