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Five things you might not know about teething

13 October 2020 - 3 min read

1. Some babies are born with their first teeth

Others start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months. But most babies start teething at around 6 months.

2. You should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they arrive

Many parents don’t realise this but a baby’s teeth need to be brushed daily as soon as they arrive. If not, then the child’s mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria which can result in tooth decay.

3. Teeth tend to arrive in pairs1

Your baby’s teeth often arrive in opposite pairs. For instance, the tooth on the far right of the bottom row will cut with the tooth on the far left of that row.

4. Boys usually get their teeth later than girls2

We’re sure you’ve heard the saying that girls mature faster than boys. Girls often get their teeth earlier than boys although the exact rate varies from child to child.

5. Teeth usually drop out in the order they came in3

Strangely, when your baby’s milk teeth begin to be replaced by adult teeth, they’ll usually fall out in the same order they arrived. If your baby’s currently cutting their first teeth, read this article for tips on how to make the process easier for you and for them!

 

1 - Dental Health and Your Childs Teeth. (n.d.). Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs-teeth#1

2 - Dental Health and Your Childs Teeth. (n.d.). Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs-teeth#1

3 - 2016, L. U. (2017, December 18). Losing baby teeth: What to expect and when. Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.babycenter.com/0_losing-baby-teeth-what-to-expect-and-when_3658971.bc#articlesection1