When do babies get teeth?
Arya is 7.5-months old and she still doesn’t have any teeth.
She does have the tiny tip of one tooth showing whenever she smiles, laughs, or cries. But some of our friends’ babies have both of their bottom teeth already whereas Arya has yet to have any teeth fully erupt.
The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that first primary teeth usually appear between 4 to 7 months. The emergence of a baby’s first tooth is usually accompanied by symptoms of teething with can include fussiness, crying, slight fever, drooling, and the need to chew on hard objects.
Arya has displayed some of those symptoms–most notably fussiness and drooling–over the past month. But she still hasn’t had any of her teeth fully emerge.
Academic research also shows a huge range in the emergence of baby teeth. Some babies have their first teeth before they are three-months old while others still have no teeth when they are nineteen-months old. The wide range means we have no reason to be concerned that our baby has yet to get any teeth.
However, since babies who are heavier and taller generally get teeth faster, it is unusual that our daughter is behind the normal growth curve for tooth formation. Some studies have shown differences based on ethnicity, race, nutrition, and other demographic characteristics so there is a chance that Arya’s delayed teeth are a function of a difference between us and the standard Caucasian population used in most U.S. academic research.
Since pediatricians are not concerned about a delay in primary teeth formation we aren’t worried either. Assuming Arya gets her first teeth before she is 20-months old, she would still be considered normal. With the tips of her first teeth showing through her lower gums we think she will be getting at least one tooth within a month.