All about teething and toothache in children

That shiny little white tooth – it’s another marvelous breakthrough in the journey of your baby’s development. Obviously, new teeth can cause a lot of pain as they push their way through red, sore gums. After all the teeth have come out, there is still risk of pain caused due to tooth decay and many other factors. Know more about teething in babies, toothaches in children, and find out ways to keep the smile on their face intact.

When will my child’s teeth appear?

From the time span of six to ten months, your child’s tiny tooth buds will start pushing themselves through the gums. Don’t start fretting if your baby is older and still doesn’t have any teeth, or in case if your child gets tooth early – teeth appear whenever they feel like.

The incisors between the lower jaw tends to come first, instantly followed by the top pair of incisors. The black molars generally come last.

Children end up getting all their teeth by the time they are two and half year old, although there are exceptions. These teeth would start falling out once your child reaches the age of 6 – and then the process of teething will begin all over again.

Tooth Diagram

Look for the signs of teething pain

Before your child gets their first teeth, they may show early signs of teething that would include:

  • Flushed cheeks
  • Fever
  • Sensitive red gums
  • Drooling
  • Desire to chew on whatever they can find
  • Crying
  • Refusing to eat
  • Waking up at night distressed

Sometimes, you can witness your baby’s tooth coming through, or you would experience a bump on the gum line of your baby.

Look for the signs of toothache

There are a wide variety of things that cause toothache. Generally, tooth decay is a result of plague build-up. Other signs one should look out for in the child include:

  • An acute, constant and excruciating pain, or pain upon applying pressure to the tooth
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Pain, fever or earache when they open their mouth wide

Ask for expert advice if:

  • You see swelling close to your child’s face or jaw
  • Your child has fever or is generally unwell
  • You think the reason for the pain is because of an injury, like a blow to the mouth

What should I do if my child is in pain?

Teething pain

Shower your teething baby with extra cuddles and hugs. You will also realize that they often like to chew, so provide them something firm to chew on like a teething ring or even better, a chilled and sterilized one straight out of the fridge.

Another option that always hits the jackpot is to softly massage the gums of your baby with your finger. You can also go with using a sugar-free, color-free teething gel or a pain reliever.


Take a dentist appointment as soon as you can. A dentist is the most qualified person who can understand the reason behind your child’s teeth hurting, and how to relieve them clinically.


Tips for protecting your child’s teeth


The best method to safeguard your baby’s tooth against toothache is by keeping their teeth and gums healthy. It’s never too early to start caring for your baby’s teeth, as plague can instantly start building upon teeth as soon as your child gets them.

Below mentioned are some tips that will help in keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy:

  • Ensure that your child brushes their teeth twice a day
  • Refrain from having sugary drinks or milk after brushing
  • Reduce the amount of snacking your child does in-between meals
  • Take your child to the dentist every six months