How Are Baby Teeth Coming In Out Of Order? Know When To Start Worrying on Teething!
I always wanted to have perfectly straight teeth. Every time I smile in front of the mirror, I wish of going back to my childhood and correct every possible way in teeth maintenance.
That is the reason why I am meticulous when it comes to my baby’s teeth. I wanted to get it right from the start. Knowing when a tooth will come out can help me begin a healthy dental routine.
However, I sometimes hear parents asking about baby teeth coming in out of order. It is alarming to think that their teeth may not be growing the proper way. So, I did some research to ease my mind, and I am sharing it with you.
When Do Teeth Starts to Grow
Before a tooth pushes its way out of your baby’s gums, your baby will need to go through a teething process. Babies start to get fussy during teething and may experience soreness and swelling in the gum area. After 3 to 5 days, the tooth will break the skin, and the discomfort disappears.
Signs that Your Baby is Teething:
Quick Remedies for Teething:
- Massage the gums firmly with your clean fingers or with a clean cloth.
- Offer cold food puree to help soothe the pain.
- Use natural teething treatments such as oil and formula
- Let him bite on a teething toy
Babies can have their first tooth in as early as three months and can be as late as one year. However, there are rare cases when babies are born with a tooth or two. Babies develop tooth buds during pregnancy and depending on their development, can already manifest as baby teeth during the early stages.
For most babies, the first tooth appears between 4 to 7 months. The first tooth to appear is the central incisors or the two bottom front teeth. But keep in mind that the development of your baby’s tooth is hereditary. Your baby can get his first tooth the same time as yours.
The Order of Teeth Appearance in Babies
- At around six months, the lower central incisors or the bottom middle teeth push their way up through the gums.
- Between 6 to 12 months, the upper central incisors or the upper middle teeth will come out next.
- By nine months to 13 months, your baby’s upper lateral incisors or the upper teeth to the right and the left from the center will appear. Overall, your baby will have four teeth on the top.
- Four teeth will be completed in the lower gums between the ages of 10 months to 16 months (1 year and four months.) The lower lateral incisors will start to break off the skin
- At around 12 months to 18 months (1 year and six months), your baby will have his first molars. The two bigger teeth on the upper gums will appear towards the back of the mouth.
- Within the same time, the lower first molars will also break out.
- By 16 months to 22 months (1 year and ten months), your baby will have his first canine teeth located at the upper gum area, between the incisors and the first molars.
- The lower canine teeth also appear around the same time after the upper canine teeth.
- Your baby’s lower teeth are completed with the appearance of the lower second molar between 20 months (1 year and eight months) to 31 months (2 years and six months.)
- By 25 months (2 years and one month) to 33 months (2 years and nine months), your baby will have his complete set of teeth as the upper second molar appears.
Quick Baby Facts:
- Your baby’s teeth will appear in pairs.
- Baby teeth are usually whiter than permanent teeth.
- It is normal for a tooth to come out in different shape or size.
My Baby’s Teeth are Coming In Out of Order!
Knowing the general pattern for your baby’s tooth eruption must not give you any reason to panic! The lower central incisors did not come out first? Don’t worry!
The process of tooth eruptions can vary from one baby to another. There are cases when the lower canine teeth appear first than the lower central incisors. While it may be so, your child will still have his full set of 20 teeth by the time he is nearly three years old.
Reasons why your baby’s teeth are not coming out in order
- Delayed in the eruption of some teeth.
- Overlap of another tooth along the path of an erupting tooth.
- Failure to break through the gums.
- Not enough space along the jaw.
- Congenital disability leading to the absence of teeth or crooked teeth.
When Should You Be Worried about Teething
There are certain red flags that you need to watch out for and discuss with your pediatrician when it comes to teething. Consult your doctor when your baby starts to vomit or is having a high fever.
You may also want to watch out for very swollen gums or gums that are starting to look blue. Check your baby’s gums for bumps or lesions.
As your baby goes through the process of tooth eruption, you need to ensure that their teeth are in good condition. Tooth decay can happen as early as a few months after the tooth came out and can cause pain and discomfort. It can lead to infections, difficulty in feeding, gum disease, and early tooth loss.
Once your baby turns one year and a half or two years old, and no tooth came out, it is time to talk to your doctor about it. Children with smaller jaws or with certain congenital disabilities can prohibit the eruption of their teeth.
What You Can Do
Teething is a tough but inevitable process for your baby, and he needs all the comfort and care he can get from you. Make it a point to take good care of your baby’s teeth by following a proper dental hygiene.
Keep all his feeding items clean and in top shape. Most importantly, look for warning signs and consult your doctor about your concern.
I want my baby to grow up with a complete set of healthy, white teeth at all times. That is why a good dental routine is always on my top priority list! How about you? How were your baby’s tooth eruptions? I would love to know your story!