Baby Teeth Tips

Dr. John Luther

Dr. John Luther, D.D.S. & Founder

August 26, 2014

Baby teeth start to come in at around six months of age and your child

should have all 20 baby teeth between age two and three.


Teething Tips

When teeth start to erupt, some babies may have sore or tender gums.

Rubbing the gums with a clean gauze or finger might help. A chilled,

clean teething ring may also make the ordeal more comfortable for your

little one. Please don’t dip the teething ring in honey, sugar or juice.


Products (gels or creams) with benzocaine should NOT be used in children

younger than two. This is a local anesthetic and may make swallowing

and/or breathing properly difficult for your little one; a small number of

children have had serious reactions to it as well.


When will my child’s teeth come in?

This chart, courtesy of the American Dental Association (ADA), shows the ages

when your child should get their baby teeth (erupt) and when they tend to lose

them (shed). These ages are guidelines only – all children are different

and your child may have a unique timetable for eruption and shedding.


ADA Primary tooth chart
Primary tooth chart courtesy of ADA


When should my child be seen for the first time?

When your little one has all their baby teeth (between ages two and three)

it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to have a thorough exam

and cleaning performed. The first visit will be mostly a “get-to-know-us”

fun visit. Check out these “first visit” guidelines to making your little

one’s first dental appointment a positive experience!



Source: American Dental Association pamphlet: “Your Child’s Teeth – Helpful Tips

for Parents and Caregivers”

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