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When Will My Baby’s Teeth Come In?

An important part of your baby's development is when her teeth come in.

Did you know that babies are actually born with all their undeveloped teeth in

their jaws? They're known as tooth buds and their the foundations of what will

become baby teeth. When they are ready, they push through the gums. Baby teeth

are very important to your child's health and development. They help him or

her to chew, speak and smile. When your baby is between four to six months, the

first tooth may begin to appear. Every child is different, but usually the first

teeth to come in are located in the top and bottom front of their mouth. Signs

that your baby is teething can include fussiness, drooling, lack of sleep or loss

of appetite. Diarrhea, a rash or fever are not normal for a teething baby. If your baby

has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and

uncomfortable, call your pediatrician. Sore gums are common in a baby that is

teething. Gently rubbing your baby's gums with a clean finger, a cool teething ring

or moist gauze pad can be soothing. Avoid over-the-counter benzocaine products for

children younger than two. Most children have their full set of 20 baby teeth in

place by age 3. Adult teeth start to appear around age 6. Time flies so fast that

pretty soon she'll be placing her tooth under her pillow for the tooth fairy.

To learn more about taking care of your teeth and gums visit mouthhealthy.org