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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Teething

02/13/2009

Question:

I have a daughter who is going to finish one year next week but she does not have teeth yet and nothing is seems to be appearing, Im concern that she might be sick or have an abnormal condition, regarding other activitis she begun to creep lately and she can say few words such as mama, papa , tata

Answer:


Thank you for visiting NetWellness. Babies erupt their first teeth over a broad range of time beginning as early as several months and as late as one year. However, teething usually begins between 6 and 8 months of age and continues periodically until a child is about 30 months old. The 20 primary or “baby” teeth include 8 incisors, 4 canines, and 8 molars.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that babies have their first dental exam by 12 months of age to establish a "dental home" for the baby. This is a good time to ask questions about upcoming oral health issues(including timing of tooth eruption), rule out problems, and to enable your child to establish a positive relationship with the dentist.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University