The first tooth usually appears at about six to eight months of age.

The bottom incisors usually erupt first, followed shortly by the upper incisors. Most children will have all 20 of their primary teeth by the time they are three.

If babies become fussy during this process of teething, chilled teething rings or cold rags rubbed against the gums or simply rubbing with a clean finger can offer great relief.

Even though permanent teeth will begin to replace baby teeth by the age of six, it is very important to introduce good oral care habits from birth. Before teeth ever appear, parents should take care to wipe the infant’s gums with a damp cloth after each feeding. As soon as children’s teeth begin to erupt, good brushing habits should be established.