There are five stages of teething in children. The first stage occurs when they are babies and born with a full set of 20 teeth beneath their gums. Stage two arises when they are around six months old and their front teeth erupt.
When babies are 10 to 14 months, stage three occurs and their primary molars erupt. The fourth stage happens when they are 16 to 22 months and their canine teeth erupt. Lastly, their large molars will erupt during stage 5 when they are 25 to 33 months.
If your baby is going through the stages of teething, you should know that there are ways for you to help them alleviate some of the discomfort they may be experiencing. Teething rings, gum massages, cold washcloths, and over-the-counter pain medications can all help. In addition, a trip to the dentist is a good idea.
Here at Wainright & Wassel DDS, we recommend that parents bring their children to our office by age 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth erupts. If your child is less 4 months old and teething, you can schedule a dentist appointment to get their teeth checked out and make sure their teething is under control.
A dentist can also assess the likelihood of your child experiencing dental problems in the future by getting to know your dental history and performing a dental exam. They can also educate you how to instill good dental habits in your child.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have a teething child and would like professional advice on their oral health, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Wainright & Wassel DDS in Raleigh, NC today. You can call us at 919.847.1322.