• Teeth erupt from the gums starting as early as 4 months.
  • Some babies do not get their first teeth until after their first birthday, and this is normal.
  • All babies start to drool at 2 months old, and gnaw/chew at 3-4 months old.  This does not mean they are teething.  This is a normal developmental milestone.
  • Teething may cause some mild discomfort and crankiness, but rarely causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or extreme fussiness.


  • Give him or her appropriate objects to chew on such as rattles, teething rings, or a cold, damp washcloth
  • If you feel that you need to give your baby something for discomfort, give acetaminophen
  • We do not routinely recommend teething tablets or gels to be placed on the gums

First Dentist Appointment

Current practice recommends that your child be seen by a dentist during the second year of life.

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