When Will My Baby Get Teeth?

The average age for an infant to start teething is six months. A baby can start teething early at 2 or three months. A baby can also wait till later to start cutting teeth. A typical baby will have at least twelve teeth by 19 months. If your baby isn’t showing any sign of gaining teeth by 18 months then it might be time to see a pediatric dentist to make sure everything is ok.

An infant will cut the two bottom teeth first, and then the four upper teeth. Then the baby will get two at a time on each side of the mouth. This pattern can very however, as well as the severity of problems that each tooth may cause the baby.

What Dose Teething Look Like?

Teething can look like a baby smiling, and you notice a tooth starting to poke out. You might wonder when that got there. Teething also looks like a baby crying from irritated gums refusing to drink or eat because it might hurt her mouth. Teething could be a sleepless night up at hours with a cranky baby. Every baby has different teething symptoms.

Pediatrician Deb Lonzer from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has stated that only one-third of babies have any given teething symptoms. One-third of the babies teething might drool, while another one third has become extra fussy. Even with the symptoms varying, we can still categorize the most common symptoms that a baby might have.


One of the most common teething symptoms a baby can suffer is drooling. If your baby is leaving a trail of wetness all over the front of their shirt, bib, and their toys, then they might be teething. It is especially true if you notice them mouthing their toys more than normal.


Teething rashes appear as flat scaly redness around the mouth. It can also appear on the chest or neck. The rash is caused by the wetness of the babies drool.


The discomfort of teeth cutting through gums can make the baby fussy. The first tooth and the molars make the baby the fussiest, but any tooth can cause some irritation.

Trouble Sleeping

A study of 125 sets of parents with teething infants reported that one of the biggest teething symptoms was wakefulness. The discomfort of teething might keep your baby awake. Another cause is that when a baby is fussy, their sleep schedule is often disrupted by parents letting them sleep more often.

Trouble Eating

mother having trouble feeding teething baby

The discomfort of teething can cause your baby to turn away from food, and bottle. They might not eat as much as they once did, or they might not eat at all. This mini hungry strike can last a day or two but usually goes away after that.

Rubbing Face or Ears

The pain of the teeth cutting into the gums can move to the cheek or the ear. It is most likely to occur when the baby is cutting its molars.

What Teething Dose Not Look Like

The baby is crying running a fever, and you just assume that its part of the baby teething.

Fever is not part of teething. Teething can cause a baby to have a higher temperature, but if it reaches fever status, take the baby to the doctor. The close association of fever and teething could be because the baby is more likely to pick up a virus when teething. The baby mouths on more items when they are teething, and are more likely to get germs.