When does teething start?
For most babies, the first teeth start appearing around the age of 6 months. However, this milestone is very individual and it can happen as early as 3 months of age and it is not unusual for children as old as 12 months to start developing their first teeth. Even though the timescale for milk teeth is very individual, there are some general rules on when you can expect pairs of teeth to emerge – this is best presented in a teething chart.
When your child gets their first teeth depends mostly on you. If you and your partner experienced teething early, it is likely that your child will as well. The same goes if you were a late teether.
Usually, the first teeth to appear are the two bottom front teeth or central incisors, followed by upper front teeth. Sometimes the teeth follow in different order but almost always in pairs. These teeth normally don’t cause much pain since their edges are very thin and have no problem coming through the gums. Around the time your child turns one, the molars will start appearing (these are the teeth in the back of the mouth). Molars are often much more uncomfortable than incisors, mostly due to their broad surfaces that create a lot of pressure and pain in order to break through the gums.
By the time your little one turns three years old, all milk teeth should be in their place. Around the age of 6 the process starts all over again, with milk or primary teeth falling out and permanent, adult teeth replacing them. This process takes time, with wisdom teeth appearing between the ages of 17 to 21 years of age.