14 Month Old Only Has 4 Teeth
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There is a congenital syndrome called adontia, the absence of any teeth at all, which occurs rarely and will normally affect the permanent teeth rather than the baby ones. Hypodontia is a different dental issue, where between one and six teeth are missing, as well as oligodontia, the absence of six or more teeth, and both are more common than adontia and often genetic.
Milk tooth eruption is really variable. Some babes are even born with teeth; others wait ages. There isn't much you can do about it, so don't worry.Here is a link to a chart of when you can expect them (but take it with a pinch of salt - my two cut their first teeth at 12 weeks).
Would'nt worry about it.My DS never had a single tooth until 11 months then around 13/14 months they started to come through quite quickly.They are all different so try not to look too much into it, I don't think anyone knows a person who's teeth just never grew :o
Ds1 only got his first two at 11 months which I thought was late till I had ds2 toothless till the week he turned one! I kid you not people would be googling over him in the super market sayin oh what a cutey then stop abruptly and go oh he STILL has on teeth how odd my mother said I was the very same and she actually took me to the doctor who just laughed and said don't worry have you ever seen a child at school with no tooth? There def in there... Ds2 would def only have had 4 at 15months if the second two had even popped at that stage... Don't worry mines 2.9 with almost a full mouth now
Even the natural sugars in breast milk and formula can kick-start the process of tooth decay. And even though primary teeth start falling out when kids are around 6 years old, what happens before then will influence your child's dental health over the long term. Research shows that diet and dental hygiene habits during a child's infant and toddler years reduces the risk of tooth decay as they become older.
No bottles in bed. Putting your child to sleep with a bottle allows the sugars found in formula and breast milk to linger on teeth, setting the stage for tooth decay. (In fact, many doctors and dentists refer to early cavities as baby bottle tooth decay).
Introduce a cup around your child's first birthday. Teaching young ones to drink from a cup can help prevent tooth decay. Plan to begin moving your child from the breast or bottle to a lidded cup around 12 months. Milk, breast milk and formula can be given at mealtimes, but fill your child's cup with plain water in between.
Avoid using cups or bottles to soothe your child. When little ones get fussy, it's tempting to offer them a little formula or milk, but this exposes little teeth to sugars for long periods. Use a regular pacifier to calm your child, but be sure not to dip it in honey or any other sweetener.
Skip the sugary drinks. Fruit juice, soda and sweetened drinks aren't good for your little one's teeth. In fact, the AAP does not recommend juice for babies under 12 months. After that, limit juices to 4 ounces per day and mix them with water (half-water, half-juice is best). See "Recommended Drinks for Children Age 5 & Younger.")
Limit sticky fruits and treats. Some foods can cling to a child's teeth, giving bad-guy bacteria plenty of sugar to feast on. Sticky foods that promote tooth decay include raisins and other dried fruits, gummy candies, taffy, fruit roll-ups and snack bars with honey or molasses. Try to limit these foods in your child's diet and have kids brush or rinse with plain water after eating them.
Make water the family drink of choice. Regular tap water, which usually contains fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel, is the healthiest drink for your child's teeth. Drinking plenty of water cleanses your child's mouth and helps maintain saliva flow, which also washes away decay-causing bacteria.
Learn more about fluoride. Decades of studies have shown that fluoride is a superhero in fighting tooth decay. Most kids get the fluoride they need from tap water and toothpaste that delivers fluoride. Your pediatrician or dentist may also apply a fluoride varnish to your child's teeth, a helpful step 2-4 times a year that can continue as your child grows.
Since babies see the doctor several times before their first birthday, pediatricians have the opportunity to check inside little mouths. It can be difficult to spot warning signs in baby teeth, so your pediatrician's expert eye is especially helpful.
As your child grows, your pediatrician will offer tips and suggestions that support the expert care your family dentist will provide. They can also apply fluoride varnish to your child's teeth in partnership with your child's dentist. In addition, In addition, pediatricians can help parents learn more about special risks that make some children more cavity-prone. For example, preemies often have weaker tooth enamel than babies born at full term. Certain health conditions and medicines can reduce saliva flow, making brushing and flossing even more important.
Kids learn from the adults around them. That's why parents and caregivers should take excellent care of their own teeth. As one dentist puts it: "Bad teeth don't necessarily run in the family, but bad dental habits do."
Set a positive example by letting little ones watch while you brush and floss. Explain that this is something we do twice a day, morning and night, even when we're away from home. Mark dental appointments on the family calendar, which shows kids that regular checkups are a top priority. Some children benefit from going to the dentist more than every 6 months to help them avoid getting cavities or keep cavities that have already started from getting worse.
Healthy baby teeth set the stage for a lifetime of good dental health. Teeth play a crucial role in helping us speak clearly, smile confidently and chew our food thoroughly, which nourishes our bodies for overall good health.
Teething occurs in 5 stages, usually lasts a little over 2 years, and can be a very difficult time for both babies and their parents to go through. Knowing what to anticipate during this tough time can aid parents in relieving the discomfort of their baby as well as effectively guide them into toddlerhood. The 5 stages of teething consist of:
Stage 2: (6-8 months) At this time, the first teeth begin to erupt. The incisors, which are the lower and upper front teeth, start coming in around 6 months of age, but symptoms or signs of discomfort may become apparent before the child is 6 months old. Before emerging, the jagged edges of the teeth may press up on the gum line. When this begins, the baby will consequently begin chewing on hands, toys, and any other hard objects. Applying pressure to the gums can relieve the pain and serve as a diversion for babies, so parents should definitely provide their child with ample and appropriate chew items during this time.
Stage 4: (16-22 months) At this time, the teeth between the top and bottom molars and incisors, the canines, will emerge. The exact same recommendations as stage 2 and 3 apply for keeping a baby as comfortable as possible during this time.
Stage 5: (25-33 months) This can be the most uncomfortable stage of teething for some toddlers. The large molars, which are the biggest baby teeth, erupt during this stage. During this time, parents may have a hard time soothing their child, trying their usual techniques to no avail. Parents are encouraged to try new soothing methods until something works. Many parents have found success with giving their toddler a hard vegetable to chew on, which is healthy as well. However, parents should make sure to keep a close eye on the toddler at all times to avoid the vegetable becoming a choking hazard.
Upper TeethWhen tooth emergesWhen tooth falls outCentral incisor8 to 12 months6 to 7 yearsLateral incisor9 to 13 months7 to 8 yearsCanine (cuspid)16 to 22 months10 to 12 yearsFirst molar13 to 19 months9 to 11 yearsSecond molar25 to 33 months10 to 12 yearsLower TeethWhen tooth emergesWhen tooth falls outSecond molar23 to 31 months10 to 12 yearsFirst molar14 to 18 months9 to 11 yearsCanine (cuspid)17 to 23 months9 to 12 yearsLateral incisor10 to 16 months7 to 8 yearsCentral incisor6 to 10 months6 to 7 years
You can see from the chart, the first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the two bottom central incisors (the two bottom front teeth).
After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs -- one each side of the upper or lower jaw -- until all 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) have come in by the time the child is 2 ½ to 3 years old.
Shortly after age 4, the jaw and facial bones of the child begin to grow, creating spaces between the primary teeth. This is a perfectly natural growth process that provides the necessary space for the larger permanent teeth to emerge. Between the ages of 6 and 12, a mixture of both primary teeth and permanent teeth reside in the mouth.
Upper TeethWhen tooth emergesCentral incisor7 to 8 yearsLateral incisor8 to 9 yearsCanine (cuspid)11 to 12 yearsFirst premolar (first bicuspid)10 to 11 yearsSecond premolar (second bicuspid)10 to 12 yearsFirst molar6 to 7 yearsSecond molar12 to 13 yearsThird molar (wisdom teeth)17 to 21 yearsLower TeethWhen tooth emergesThird molar (wisdom tooth)17 to 21 yearsSecond molar11 to 13 yearsFirst molar6 to 7 yearsSecond premolar (second bicuspid)11 to 12 yearsFirst premolar (first bicuspid)10 to 12 yearsCanine (cuspid)9 to 10 yearsLateral incisor7 to 8 yearsCentral incisor6 to 7 years
In some children, the first permanent molars are the first to emerge; in others, the incisors are the first to emerge. By the age of 13, most of the 28 permanent teeth will be in place. One to four wisdom teeth, or third molars, emerge between the ages of 17 and 21, bringing the total number of permanent teeth up to 32. 2b1af7f3a8