The time when babies get their first primary teeth (milk teeth) varies. A few are born with a tooth already, whilst others have no teeth at one year. Teeth generally start to show when a child is four to nine months old, although every baby develops at their own pace. This is known as ‘teething’. Some babies show few signs while others find it more uncomfortable. Some teeth grow with no pain or discomfort at all. At other times you may notice that the gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through, or that one cheek is flushed. Your baby may dribble, gnaw and chew a lot, or just be fretful.
There is no research to prove that other symptoms such as fever or diarrhoea are linked. You know your baby best. If their behaviour seems unusual, or their symptoms are severe or causing you concern, talk to your health visitor.
Think about your child’s tooth care routine. You can brush their teeth with a soft baby toothbrush and a smear of family toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride - check pack for details. Brush teeth twice daily, in the morning and at night after a bedtime drink.