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What is the earliest age an infant will start to teeth? what are the signs?

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Dr. Dustin Cupp answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Variable: Some infants get teeth sooner than others, but on average teething occurs around 6-9 months of age... Occasionally you may see an infant as young as 4 months begin to have teething issues, which are mostly irritability, fussiness, and increases in drooling or desire to chew on things. Some infants may even develop a "low grade" temperature of 99-100 degrees. Referred pain to ears is also common.

Answered 8/28/2014

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Dr. Michael Green answered

Specializes in Dentistry

At birth!: Believe it or not, some kids are born with teeth! however, most kids start teething between 6-12 months old! the typical sign is that the child becomes irritable for no apparent reason and when you inspect the gums in front, you likely will see red bumps and they are sore to touch! the child may chew on your finger because it feels good!

Answered 8/18/2012

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Dr. Ragan Faler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Average 7-8 months: Occasionally, the newborn will have a small tooth like bump called a congenital epulis can arise, which can interfere with nursing, or sometimes breathing if it is large. As babies, develop teeth, their chewing will increase as the teeth erupt. The gums will become sore, so cleaning them is important to minimize teething pain.

Answered 7/19/2012

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Dr. Kini Tran answered

Specializes in Dentistry

4 months old: Typical babies will have tooth growth at 4 months and then increments of another 4 months and so on. All 20 baby teeth should arrive at the age of 2. All babies develope and grow their teeth at different rates.

Answered 6/12/2013

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Dr. Shawn Murray answered

Specializes in Dentistry

6-10 months old: The average age is 6-10 months old. Obviously this can very with each individual. My oldest son didn't get his first tooth until he was 13 months old. There are a few rare instances when kids can be born with teeth as well; however, these are rare situations.

Answered 7/19/2012

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Dr. Meng Syn answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Ave 6 months: Some infants are born with teeth. Teething signs include excessive drooling, discomfort and crying, and refusing a pacifier when they normally take one.

Answered 7/29/2012

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Dr. Chetan Mehta answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Birth: Some babies are born with teeth but generally, the average age of the first tooth is 6 months. The major signs will be increased saliva production and the baby wanting to bite on everyday objects.

Answered 7/21/2012

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Dr. Richard Ruden answered

Specializes in Dentistry

6 months: When a child begins to get teeth you will find them salivating excessively and become quite irritable, .

Answered 7/21/2012

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Dr. James Wright answered

Specializes in Dentistry

At birth: Babies can be born with teeth... Cranky, fussy babies may have teeth on the way.

Answered 7/21/2012

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Dr. Gary Alder answered

Specializes in Dentistry

6 months is average: In rare occasions babies are born with a rudimentary tooth. It is usually removed to faciliate breast feeding. 6 months is average but 4 months would be early and extraordinary.

Answered 7/15/2013

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Dr. Gary Alder answered

Specializes in Dentistry

6 mo is average: Infants experience pain with the teeth erupting through the soft tissue and will manifest with crying, and drooling and keeping a hand or finger in the mouth. Occasionaly they will have a low fever. Topical anesthetics and cold helps but they will survive.

Answered 7/23/2012

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Anytime after birth: Rarely, a tooth may erupt prior to birth & be present at delivery. There may also be eruption cysts on the gums of newborns where teeth are about to erupt days to weeks after birth. None of these problems are of medical or dental consequence for the infant. Typically the first teeth to erupt are the central incisors at about 6 months but late teethers may not get first tooth until 12 -16 months.

Answered 12/9/2013

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