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Baby Q&As

  1. Expert: Tarra Elliott, BSc, DDS
    December 28th, 2009
    My 16-month-old only has four teeth. Should I worry?

    There is no need for concern. Although averages exist for when to expect your baby’s first teeth, they are just averages and variation is normal.

    Some babies get their first teeth within their first three months, while some don't get any teeth until 12 to 18 months. And some babies seem to get teeth slowly, whereas others get their primary, or "baby," teeth all at once. Most baby teeth will have appeared by age three. There is not much you can do in the meantime except to wait and see and talk to your dentist if you have any concerns.

    Tarra Elliott, BSc, DDS, is a dentist practicing in Toronto and Markham. She regularly brushes her toddler's teeth with a dab of "real" toothpaste. She suggests checking out youroralhealth.ca for more information on toddler tooth care.