Most infants will generally begin the process of teething at around 6 months of age. As every child's development is slightly different, teething may begin as early as 4 months or as late as 7 months. Understanding the order that baby teeth erupt will help you identify teething behavior.
The first teeth that most babies get are the bottom front two teeth. Known as incisors, don't be surprised if your infant gets both teeth at approximately the same time. Roughly 2 months after the bottom teeth come in you can expect that the top two incisors will follow.
The lateral incisors, located on each side of the top two and bottom two teeth, generally follow next in order. It is not uncommon for the top lateral incisors to erupt before the lower two do.
Oddly enough, the next teeth your infant is likely to get are the first molars. Most infants are at least a year old when they get their first molars. You will notice a gap between the lateral incisors and the first molars. This gap is where the canine teeth will erupt some time around the age of 16 months.
The last set of baby teeth that your child will eventually get is the second molars. Don't expect the second molars to erupt until your child's second birthday.
Right around the age of 3 your child will develop a third set of molars. These teeth don't actually fall out along with the rest of the baby teeth. For this reason they are called permanent molars.
Signs of teething
Infants can display a range of different behaviors which can indicate a new tooth may be in the process of erupting from their gums. This process can be painful so you may notice that your infant is particularly restless or grumpy during the teething process. Some infants will also suck or chew on their hands.
It can be rough to watch your infant struggle while they teeth. There are a few things you can do to help ease their discomfort during this process. Consider picking up a teething ring they can chew on. This can actually speed up the time it takes for the tooth to emerge from underneath of the gums. There are also certain topical anesthetics you can apply to the gums that will reduce teething pain. Several brands offer a number of products designed specially for baby!