Teething Issue

Overview of Teething Issue

Teething is the process when your baby’s teeth start emerging from their gum line. Scientifically, this process is known as “Odontiasis”.

Signs and Symptoms of Teething Issue

Teething is the process when your baby’s teeth start emerging from their gum line. Scientifically, this process is known as “Odontiasis”.
Usually, babies start teething when they are between 4 and 7 months old. In some children, this process begins at a much later stage. This timing can vary for every child. Usually, this process is a bit uncomfortable for children and they may become fussy, cranky, and may face difficulty in falling asleep.

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Types of Teething Issue

Following symptoms can be an indication that your child is teething:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Flushed cheeks or a red face
  • Your child might be having heavy dribbling
  • Gum irritation, biting, gum- rubbing
  • Sometimes a fluid-filled, blister-like thing may appear over the erupting tooth
  • Your child can become restless or face difficulty in falling asleep due to this gum discomfort
  • As the gum region becomes sore, he/she might refuse food
  • Increased fussiness
  • Repeatedly bringing hands to the mouth
  • Rubbing the ear or side of the cheek where the teeth are erupting

Some teeth may be more sensitive than others and can cause more discomfort than others. Usually, large molars cause more issues than incisors as due to their large surface area they can not pass smoothly through the gum tissue.
In adults, the eruption of third molars i.e. Wisdom teeth cause the most discomfort.


Risk Factors of Teething Issue

Keep in mind that teething is not related to any of these conditions:

  • High fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose or coughing

All of these indicate some other viral or bacterial infection and should be treated immediately.

In which order do the teeth appear in children?

Although the age factor can vary but generally, teeth appear in the following order:

  • Central incisors: 6-12 months of age
  • Lateral incisors: 9-16 months of age
  • Canine teeth: 16-23 months of age
  • First molars: 13-19 months of age
  • Second molars: 22-24 months of age

Between the age of 6-12 years, children begin losing these baby teeth and they are replaced by 32 permanent adult teeth.

Usually, the teething causes discomfort in the first few days of teeth eruption.

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Last updated on Monday 21/11/2022


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