When Do Babies Get Their First Molars?

Westen Heights Dental, Knoxville TNEvery child is different but most get their first molars between 20 and 33 months. These are the teeth that are the furthest back in their mouth. Molars can erupt together or separately. While some children may not show signs or symptoms, below are some symptoms you may want to be aware of when this process begins.

  • Excessive drooling
  • Sore red gums in the back of the mouth
  • Irritable during waking hours and possible interrupted sleep
  • Chewing on objects they normally would not chew on

While these growing pains are taking place you might want to keep in mind that medication should only be used as a last resort. However, there are some home remedies you could use that may make this process more comfortable for your child. Cold objects can help numb the gum area where the teeth are cutting the gums. Keep a cool wet washcloth in the freezer so your child can have the cloth readily available. Even rubbing the gums with your finger can be an effective way to relieve the pain.  In addition to these methods, harder foods such as apples, carrots or cucumbers can duplicate that pressure to relieve discomfort.