Primary Tooth Eruption: What to Expect and How to Help

dca-blog_article-37_babys-first-teeth

Teething occurs when your child’s baby teeth, also called primary teeth, begin to break through the gum tissue. Tooth eruption generally begins at about six months of age, but baby teeth may take as long as a year to arrive. Symptoms of tooth-cutting continue until all 20 primary teeth grow in. The timeline for primary tooth eruption appears to be hereditary and is not a reflection of the child’s health. It often occurs earlier in females. If your baby has not started cutting teeth by the age of 18 months, see a kids’ dentist.

The Normal Sequence of Primary Tooth Eruption

Although patterns vary among children, primary teeth usually erupt in a predictable sequence. The two front bottom teeth come in first, followed by four upper front teeth called central and lateral incisors. Two lower lateral incisors are next, followed by first molars. The four canine teeth erupt next to the upper and lower lateral incisors. Finally, the remaining molars come in to make a complete set of 20 primary teeth. By age 14, primary teeth are replaced by 28 permanent teeth. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, will not arrive until at least your child’s late teens.

6 Common Symptoms of Teething

  1. Excessive and constant drooling
  2. A rash on the face or chest
  3. Biting on hard objects
  4. Sleep disturbances
  5. Gum swelling and soreness
  6. Irritability

Providing Relief for Your Baby

Pediatric dentists offer several tips for easing your baby’s discomfort while he or she is teething.

  • If your baby is eating solid foods, offer cold foods and beverages.
  • Allow your baby to suck on a clean, cold, moist cloth, or provide a tooth-cutting ring or pacifier.
  • Gently rub your baby’s gums with your finger, wet gauze, or a cold spoon.
  • If symptoms are severe, consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist about using mild pain relievers.
  • Never cut your baby’s gums, apply aspirin, or give your baby alcohol.

When to See a Kids’ Dentist

As a general rule, take your child to a pediatric dentist six months after the first primary tooth erupts. Follow your dentist’s advice about early dental hygiene practices and follow-up visits.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Maryland today at (855) 979-3336 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Maryland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Maryland.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Excellent service and cleaning by a wonderful hygienist. Thank you. Our dentist was out, thusly didn’t see him today. Hopefully in January. Carroll
Carroll K.
Just went for a hygienist appointment. I had the best visit! No cavities and my teeth feel great. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Joanne P.
i absolutely LOVE Dr. Blaney.
Joann W.
Efficient, professional, friendly, caring. Great practice!
Constance W.
This office is exceptional. Every time I come here I am treated to a professional experience from Dr. Wilson and his staff. The dental hygienist Dion does a thorough job of making sure that my teeth […]
Ahmad G.
Fast and courteous service.
Luis V.
Excellent service!
Carlos W.
Friendly service and the dentistry fully met expectations.
Richard W.
Elizabeth was wonderful, super quick and professional!@
Erin R.
I like the office, but the dentists change rather often.
Theresa B.
Overall experience!!!
Larry D.
I’ve been a patient here for about 18 months now. I have had cavities filled, wisdom teeth removed, and sudden tooth pain examined. I used to be terrified to visit the dentist. After 8 years I […]
Amanda H.
Hygienists do good work and are very friendly during the routine check-ups.
John K.
I was in a great deal of pain and was able to be squeezed in imedialty! I have terrible anxiety about having any type of dental work done however, Dr. Gorman always takes the time to explain to me […]
Ashley H.
Everything was well explained and the visit went as well as it could have.
Kevin P.
Friendly staff and quick work
Kendra B.
Although going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do, Dr. Barrow makes it a lot easier. I guess I am a Dental One fan.
Mary V.
I always have a good experience with Gabby during my dental cleanings. She’s always very patient and willing to answer any questions I have no matter how many times I ask her to go over details […]
Tamara R.
Dr. Wright is very proffesional and was awesome I am giving him personally 5 stars for how he explains what is wrong, what needs to be done, and he is painless he did an amazing job so far have to go […]
Phillip M.
Always a good experience with a great staff all around.
Michael M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here