Teething Time October 06 2014


The vast majority of babies sprout their first teeth when they're between 4 and 7 months of age. An early developer may get their first white cap as early as 3 months, while a late bloomer may have to wait until they are a year old or more. Whenever the first tooth makes its appearance, it's a very exciting time celebrate the milestone by taking pictures and noting the date in your child's baby book.

Teeth actually start developing while your baby's in the womb, when tooth buds form in the gums. Teeth break through one at a time over a period of months. Generally first come the bottom two middle teeth, then the top two middle ones, then the ones along the sides and back. They may not all come in straight, but don't worry they usually straighten out over time.

The last teeth to appear (the second molars, found in the very back of the mouth on the top and bottom) have usually begun coming into place by your baby's second birthday. By age 3, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth, which shouldn't fall out until their permanent teeth are ready to start coming in, around age 6.


Teeth Cleaning Tips:

*The first sign of a tooth erupting through the gums is your cue to start cleaning their gums and teeth. It is great to start early so your child will come to accept teeth cleaning as a usual part of your daily routine.

*Begin cleaning your baby’s first teeth as soon as they appear with a small, soft bristled toothbrush. A toothbrush should be changed regularly, around every 3 months or when signs of “shagginess” start to appear. 

*Plunket recommends that all children in New Zealand should use a toothpaste containing flouride from a young age. It is recommended that you use a thin smear of fluoride baby toothpaste.

*Try to teach your baby to spit the toothpaste out, rather than swallowing when brushing their teeth and don’t let your baby eat the toothpaste.


Good luck :)