A Quick Guide to Teething

What is teething?

As you are probably aware, teething is the term given to the time when the first set of teeth emerge through the gums into your baby’s mouth. Other terms include “cutting” a tooth. This page will help answer the common questions.


When do babies start teething?

The average age for babies starting to ‘teeth’ is 6 months of age. As with all things, the exact age will vary from baby to baby. It is common for a baby to start teething any time between the ages of 3 to 12 months. So don’t be alarmed if the teeth begin to show outside of the 6 month range.


Teething child

Fingers over the erupting tooth in a teething baby

In what order do baby teeth erupt?

It can be an exciting time to see your baby’s first tooth poking through! Of course it can also be stressful due to the symptoms of teething. But in what order do the baby teeth come through? And should you be worried if your child’s pattern of tooth eruption is outside the norm? Here is a short guide on the subject of baby teeth order.


What are the common symptoms of teething?

In general, teething babies can be more irritable and ‘out of sorts’ when compared to normal. Often symptoms will begin 3-5 days prior to the tooth erupting. Any teething symptoms tend to subside once the offending tooth has erupted into the mouth. The back (molar) teeth may cause more problems as they are larger and not so pointy, hence can cause more irritation to the gum as they poke through. Read more on teething symptoms here…


What are the best teething remedies and treatment?

It can be hard to see a baby upset due to teething. As a parent you will obviously want to help. But what remedies and treatment are advised, and what should you avoid? We will break the treatment of teething into three main categories on the following page… Teething remedies.


When should teething finish?Baby biting as teething

The last teeth to come through are the second molars, around the age 23-33 months. Once these last teeth are through your child will be at no more risk of teething. The second set of (adult) teeth start to erupt at around 6 years of age, but adult teeth don’t cause the same problems as they come through (apart from impacted wisdom teeth, but that’s another matter!).



Teething can lead to a stressful and unsettling time for baby and parents alike. It is important to know that there are things you can do to help. But be aware of current guidelines like avoiding teething gels containing benzocaine. Also be vigilant and don’t put severe or persisting symptoms down to teething. Always seek medical advice if in doubt.

You might wish to visit our section on dental health for kids next, to help ensure healthy teeth for life.

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