How old was your baby or child when her/his first tooth appeared?
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When do babies start teething?
The onset of teething symptoms typically precedes the eruption of a tooth by
several days. While a baby's first tooth can appear between 4 and 10 months
of age, the first tooth usually erupts at approximately 6 months of age. Some
dentists have noted a family pattern of "early," "average," or "late" teethers.
A relatively rare condition, "natal" teeth, describes the presence of a tooth
on the day of birth. The incidence of such an event is one per 2,000-3,000 live
births. Usually, this single and often somewhat malformed tooth is a unique event
in an otherwise normal child. Rarely, the presence of a natal tooth is just one
of several unusual physical findings which make up a syndrome. If the
possibility of a syndrome exists, consultation with a pediatric dentist and/or
geneticist can be helpful. The natal tooth is often loose and is commonly
removed prior to the newborn's hospital discharge to lessen the risk of
aspiration into the lungs.