The timing of when your baby’s first tooth comes in can vary quite a bit. When your baby becomes a little fussy, drooling often and wanting to chew on things, your little one might be teething. But while those behaviors can be signs and symptoms of teething, they can very often occur without teething at around age 3 to 4 months.
Although the average age for getting their first baby tooth is 6 months, some infants don’t get their first tooth until they are 14 or 15 months old. Others can begin teething and get an early baby tooth at 3 months.
In fact, some babies can even be born with a tooth— a natal tooth—although these teeth often have to be removed.
The timing of teething runs in the family, so if you or your parents teethed earlier or later, your own baby is likely to follow suit.
Care for Baby’s Teeth
While you should be wiping your baby’s gums even before he gets his first tooth, you can start to brush his teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste as he gets them. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first visit to a pediatric dentist within six months of getting the first tooth or by the time your baby is 12 months old.
Proper oral hygiene translates to reduced risk for cavities, infection, or other oral health problems that make the normal challenges of teething progress that much more painfully.