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Teething (cont.)

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What is the order of tooth eruption in infants?

The following is the general order of eruption of primary teeth:

    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 6 to 12 years of age, the roots of these 20 "baby" teeth degenerate, allowing their replacement with 32 permanent "adult" teeth. The third molars ("wisdom teeth") have no preceding "baby" version and generally erupt in mid to late adolescence. Because of their tendency to promote crowding and crooked orientation, they are often removed.

How long does teething last?

Children will commonly have variable discomfort during the few days before tooth eruption through the gum line. Some babies are bothered more than others during the migration through the tissues deep to the gum line. Because of their shape, molars are more likely to be associated with teething discomfort.

When should I call the pediatrician?

Because teething is so common and other symptoms such as fever, fussiness, and diarrhea are also common, both conditions may often occur at the same time. Other illnesses or disorders (such as viral infections) are much more likely to be causing fever, fussiness, and/or nasal congestion with cough and diarrhea. It is important to contact your doctor if these or other symptoms seem concerning to you. Do not assume that they are just from teething.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2013

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