What To Do If Your Baby's Teeth Aren't Coming In?
Teething can be a difficult time for infants and parents. Your baby who used to sleep through the night suddenly begins waking frequently due to the discomfort of tooth eruption. As a parent you may have heard about teething from other parents or maybe you’ve read about it in parenting books. You may have some teething toys all ready for this inevitable phase.
But what if your baby is not teething? Does this indicate a problem? When should your baby start getting teeth? Learn the answers to these questions and more about dentistry for infants.
Average Age for Eruption of the First Tooth
The first tooth typically shows up somewhere between 6 and 12 months. This is the average range, but some babies will get their first tooth before 6 months and others closer to 18 months. Developmental milestones occur at different times for children due to genetics and other factors.
What if My Baby Has No Visible Teeth by 18 Months?
Having no visible teeth by the age of 18 months is typically no cause for concern, but it may be time to see a pediatric dentist. An oral evaluation can provide some information about your baby’s dental health and the development of their teeth.
Potential Causes of Delayed Tooth Eruption
Tooth eruption may occur later than average for some infants due the following causes:
- Genetics. Early or late tooth eruption tends to be passed on from generation to generation. If possible, ask your parents when you began teething, as this may give you an idea of when your baby will start.
- Premature birth or low birth weight. Babies that are born well before their due date or who are born with low birth weight may have delayed tooth eruption. Although a premature baby’s age is calculated from the time of birth, their developmental age is a bit younger.
- Vitamin deficiency. A lack of essential vitamins, especially vitamin D, could lead to delayed tooth eruption. Vitamin D is essential for the development of bones and the absorption of calcium in the body, which affects tooth development.
- Developmental disorders. A variety of developmental disorders may result in delayed tooth eruption.
When To Schedule Your Baby’s First Dental Visit
Infants should have their first dental visit around the age of 12 months or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, whichever comes first. Even if your child has no teeth by the age of one, they should have an oral examination to assess the health of the mouth and the development of the teeth under the gums. Starting dental care at an early age helps to establish the routine, making the experience less intimidating.
Schedule an Appointment at Kids & Teens Dental Place
If your baby has their first birthday coming up, it is time to schedule a dental appointment. Kids & Teens Dental Place provides comprehensive dental care for infants and children of all ages.
Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Eruption
How many teeth should my child have by the age of 2?
The average child will have about 16 teeth by the age of 2 years. The 2 year molars are typically in place by the age of 30 months. If your child experienced delayed tooth eruption, it may be longer before the 2 year molars are present.
What can I give my baby to soothe teething?
Infant pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can provide some relief of teething discomfort. Cold (not frozen) teething rings can reduce pain and inflammation. If your baby is old enough for solid food, cold fruits and vegetables may also help.