July 02, 2015

Q: Please let me know what I can expect.

A: Some babies are born with teeth but quite often these "natal" teeth fall out and new teeth take their place as the child gets older. Normally teething starts around 4-6 months and parents usually associate increased drooling with teething when in truth of fact the drooling is usually unrelated to the teeth and it stops once teeth come in as they help to dam up the drool so it gets swallowed. Not getting a first tooth up to age 18 months can be totally normal. Any child who is without teeth at age 18 months should contact their child's doctor who may recommend a dental visit with Xrays to confirm that teeth are present in the mouth. There are a few very rare medical conditions where the body fails to form teeth.

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Answered by Dr. Carrie M. Brown