Your child's teeth-birth to age 6
Your child's teeth are important! Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, help your child chew and speak normally. They hold space in the jaws for the adult (permanent) teeth that come in later.
Your baby's teeth start to come in when they are about 6 months old. By age 3, most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth. Baby teeth will later be lost as your child grows. This makes room for adult teeth, which begin to come in around age 6. By the time children are teengaers they usually have all of their adult teeth.
As teeth come in, babies may have sore or tender gums. To help your baby feel better, you can:
-gently rub your baby's gums with clean, wet gauze, your finger, or a small, cool spoon
-give them a clean, chilled (not frozen) teething ring-but don't dip it in anything sweet or in other foods
Do not use benzocaine-containing over the counter teething products. These products can cause serious reactions in children. Details are available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website: www.fda.gov.