s our babies begin turning a few months old, we, as parents get excited about their next milestone – teething and introduction of solid food. However, we also know that the process of teething can be a difficult stage, both for the babies and their parents.
The first signs of teething can appear as early as about three months before the first tooth erupts. It is commonly believed that somewhere around six months of age, the teeth generally start to come out. It is only a general timeline and there can be many variations as developmental stages in small babies are extremely varied.
Most children have their complete set of primary teeth or ‘milk teeth’ as they are known, by the time they are 30 months old. The process of teething follows a general pattern with respect to erupting in the left side, right side or in the center.
Below is a reference to the stages of teething as they appear in children.
1. The Central Incisors (Lower)
The first to emerge is the two incisors (a pair of the tooth with narrow edges, in the front, whose function is to cut food items) at the middle bottom side. They tentatively appear anywhere between the fifth and the tenth month. It is said that heredity plays a role in teething and a child is likely to have early teething if any or both his parents had so.
2. The Central Incisors (Upper)
Next to appear are the pair of incisors at the middle upper side, somewhere between the sixth and the twelfth months.
3.The Lateral Incisors (Upper)
The first continuous set of teeth that is visible inside the mouth of a baby is the lateral incisors that grow along the right and left of the upper central incisors. It is a joy to see their teeth starting to queue up.
4. The Lateral Incisors (Lower)
Just like the upper set of teeth, the lower set also emerges anytime from the tenth to the 16th month. Since the upper and the lower set is clearly visible, their toothy grin can be a rather amusing sight!
As the baby grows and starts experimenting with more textures of solid food, the next set of teeth also starts to make their way.