Eruption of teeth

Primary Teeth

Baby teeth begin to erupt towards the age of six months and will compose of 20 teeth once your toddler is around the age of two or three. While these teeth are pushing into the mouth, oftentimes we can observe certain particularities and behaviours related to teething in children.

Certain signs and symptoms of teething can include:

  • Increased saliva production, increased tendency to chew
  • Irritability
  • Red cheeks
  • Gums that are slightly inflamed or red and it is possible to develop what is called an eruption cyst, which is simply a small blue bubble on the gum

Recommendations for dealing with pain and discomfort

  • You can lightly rub the gums of you baby with a clean finger or the back of a cool spoon
  • Have them chew on a clean wet wash cloth that has been refrigerated
  • If opting for a teether toy, offer it to your baby or toddler when it has been refrigerated and not frozen
  • If the pain or discomfort persists, your dentist or pharmacist will be able to recommend an over the counter medication to help relieve the pain and discomfort

What to avoid when teething

  • Avoid rubbing the gums with a numbing agent against pain because they can be easily swallowed
  • Offer teething cookies, because they can sometimes contain traces of added sugars or traces of sugar
  • Offer cut vegetables or hard fruits

It is important to note that anytime you see a fluctuation in the body temperature of your child, consult your child’s pediatrician. The eruption of the primary dentition and teething should not render your child sick or feverish.


Primary teeth are different from the primary teeth. The enamel is much thinner, making them more prone to the development of cavities. It is important to start developing good hygiene habits from a young age to help prevent the development of dental caries.