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1 Year Old Has No Teeth

My baby just turned 1 and still has no teeth. My other daughter had teeth way early. Whats the average age for getting teeth? Should I be worried. She was a premie...would that have anything to do with it?

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Thank you everyone! I feel much better...I'll be sure to tell you all when she gets teeth

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I would not be alarmed. My son had 4 teeth at his 1st birthday, but my nephew had none. Give it a little more time. My nephew's teeth came in late, but they also came in fast. He has a full set at 1 year and a half.

A.,
Don't panic. My 3 oldest children got their teeth late. the 1st and 2nd got their first tooth at 10 months, but #3 was 16 1/2 months old when hers finally popped through the gum. I knew 10 months was late, but nothing to be worried about. At 12 months I got a little concerned. The pediatrician wasn't concerned until 15 months. We saw a pediatric dentist at 16 months and 2 weeks later a tooth emerged. The pediatric dentist said that the teeth were there and might not appear until age 2!!!! Fortunately, my little one was eating plenty of solid foods--including chicken nuggets and pizza--with just her gums. I've heard it's better if they get them late. And, if you get them late you'll lose them late. While my oldest daughters friends were losing baby teeth BEFORE entering kindergarten, she didn't lose her first one until the week after first grade. Oh, and all of my children were full-term.

My first son didn't get any teeth until he was almost 15 months old. We just recently took him for his first dentist appointment right before his second birthday and according to the dentist the late teeth are perfectly normal and fine. He even said the later the better with baby teeth. Later teeth tend to be stronger and carry less risk of being chipped in early childhood. So don't worry. My son didn't let the late arrival of teeth prohibit him from eating anything. He was eating everything including steak and all kind of meat before any teeth came in. And by the way, my son was not a premie, he was two weeks late! So enjoy those toothless smiles while you can.

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my youngest of 3 was really late on getting her teeth in. i've heard that the longer it takes for their teeth to come in, the better teeth they have...and so far, thats turned out to be true. i'd give it another month at least, then if nothing, take and have a pediatric dentist do an x-ray..they should be able to tell where the teeth are at as far as coming in.

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Hi!

All children and different and with all things they do and grow things differently. I have 6 children and none of them got hair, teeth, or walked at the same time. The oldest daughter didn't get teeth or hair till she was about 18 months. The Dr. said that the longer it takes for teeth to come in the longer they would keep their teeth and the healthier the teeth would be. My youngest son was born with two teeth. The Dr. said he would lose them, but he didn't and they fell out like all baby teeth and two regular teeth grew in like they were suppose to be. So don't worry! When your child's teeth do come in, try a soft piece of leather for them to chew on. If it is the summer, popsicles work great! Put them in a diaper and sit them in plastic pool!

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All my kids were different. The longer they take to get them the longer it takes to lose them and they're more healthy too. My daughter didn't start getting teeth till after her first year and I had to take her to the dentist to get them pulled because the permanent teeth would come in and they still didn't want to come out. No extra money just part of the copay for regular visit. Anyway she is 20 now and has straight beautiful teeth and has never had a cavity still. Kinda makes me jelous, not really I assure you. My son however started getting his teeth his second month and he is always having to get fillings. All my kids have straight teeth naturally from their dad's side lol. Plus my pedi told me if they must have a pacifier use orthodonic pacifier and I did. Good luck and no worries ps I'm sure the premi thing has alot to do with it because babies still develop according to their due date. My friend had her baby about a week after mine in her 6 month and the baby looked like a newborn and did as a newborn when they were 3 months old. Very interesting I thought.

Don't worry...each child is different. My dentist office, Drs Hyde, Bailey and Cremer has assured me of this many times. They also reccomend that a child begins seeing a pediatric dentist by the age of 18 months. I love my dentist office and I know they are always there when my kiddos have issues. They have offices in Hurst and Arlington. The web page is FUNDENTIST.COM Check them out !! I highly reccomend them for your children's dental needs !!! :) Sincerely, A. A

Hi A.,
Don't worry too much. My daughter was 5 week premature and she was way behind the 'average' time that babies are supposed to get their teeth. She was slow to get them and she's now slow to lose them too. We are in limbo in her orthodontic treatment right now because we're waiting for her to lose all the baby teeth she should have lost by now and gain the adult teeth. The good news is that her teeth are strong and healthy. At 11 1/2 she has not yet had a cavity!

If you are still worried, talk to your doctor the next time you are in for a well-baby check.

Regards/S.

My girls (twins) got their first teeth right around their first birthday, then no more for another couple of months. They are now 18 mos. old and getting them all at once! I almost think this is better than spreading out the teething. Just be patient....they will come!

I wouldn't worry about it. My son only had two teeth when others had six and 8 at his age. My family doctor told me that he would just loose his baby teeth later than others, which has proven to be the case. He's in first grade and every other kid except is a snaggle tooth. :) At you baby's 1 year check up tou can ask the doctor if they think an xray at a pediatric dentist would be a good idea (just to make sure they are up there). Other than that, just start saving for the tooth fairy! :)

My son is 11 mo. old and also has no teeth. I'm a RN at a pediatricians office and I can assure you it's ok your 1yr old does not have teeth yet. My friend's baby was a premie and she did not get her first tooth until she was 15 mo. old.
Also, your pediatrician should check your baby's gums at her check-ups...and if he/she were concerned, they would refer you to a specialist.

Don't worry A. I was two years old when I had my first tooth. My daughter was well over one before she also got her first tooth. If you need some reassurance the dentist can take
x-rays.

A.,

If I recall correctly, my son only had a couple of teeth when he turned 1. Then, all of a sudden, his mouth seemed to just explode with a bunch of teeth at one time. It was amazing. I wouldn't worry. All babies are different.

yes preemies will be slower in some cases-take it day by day and dont worry-think about it- what can a doctor do? nothing at all...All up to her body that God created.
believe me i have four kids!
L.

My first son didn't get any teeth until he was almost 15 months old. We just recently took him for his first dentist appointment right before his second birthday and according to the dentist the late teeth are perfectly normal and fine. He even said the later the better with baby teeth. Later teeth tend to be stronger and carry less risk of being chipped in early childhood. So don't worry. My son didn't let the late arrival of teeth prohibit him from eating anything. He was eating everything including steak and all kind of meat before any teeth came in. And by the way, my son was not a premie, he was two weeks late! So enjoy those toothless smiles while you can.

I am a mother of a two and a half year old little boy. He was a 33 week old preemie when he was born. When I took him to the ped. for his first check up, he gave me the best advise. Never compare your children to all other children because preemies are in a class by themselves. My son was 2 months early and the doctor said that he will be delayed by a couple of months. If he was one, then in actually he is only 8 months because the other two months he should have not been born to the outside. My son did not start cutting teeth until he was about 13 or 14 months of age. I also had heard that the longer it takes them to cut teeth, the stronger the teeth are going to be.

Trust me as a fellow mom of two it is very hard to not compare the two. I don't know about you but i have a boy and a girl. My son was a very inactive child, just pretty laid back... but got teeth at just a little over 5 months. My daughter who is almost 7 and 1/2 months doesn't have any. I was told by pediatricians and pediatric dentists that their teeth come in when they come in. We can do things to develop in other ways (i.e. tummy time for crawling) but the teeth are on their own. I also know that they do know that justational age does have something to do with it. My husband was a premature twin and they even told his parents that most everything will be late and he didn't cut his first tooth til over a year. Don't worry, and I know that it is easy to say and if it is really bothering you ask you pediatrician if there would be any need for concern (becuase I am no doc) but I don't see why there would be.

my 2nd daughter had no teeth until she was almost 14 months! i was worried everyday... I think all of her teeth came out at once!! today, she has the most beautiful smile (straight white teeth)of any kid and she is only 2! Don't worry too much until your Dr. tells you there is a problem.
by the way, my first child was a preemie (26 weeks) and she got her fang teeth first - it was so funny looking -
all kids are different... hope this helps!

My healthy 2 1/2 yr old daughter had no teeth at 12 months as well. It was not a problem (except for the one that had to cut up food for her FOREVER:) ) In fact, the 'experts' say that this means her teeth will likely be very strong, healthy teeth as an adult. I had the same fearful-ish ideas when this was an issue for us. She just got her incisors within the last 6 months...her 2 yr molars still haven't arrived. Nothing to worry about, as I have asked around ALOT, and got the same answer from just about everyone.
Take Care,
~K.

Teeth are such an individual thing. I responded to the Mom w/the 8 week old w/teeth (maybe) coming in and here I am with you! I remember a friend who's child's teeth development was VERY delayed (she may have been a premie), but utilmately normal for her and this was the polar opposite of my experience (teeth at 3mo).

Family history might make you more comfortable with "teething trends," but averages shouldn't count. Each child has their own pattern of development and if you are aware and your doctor/dentist are aware and you are comfortable with their advise then don't sweat the statistics!

Good luck! Teeth are sooo important to our health and well-being, thank you for being concerned!

My son was a preemie and the nurses and the pediatrician were always reminding me that I needed to keep in mind the "Corrected Age" not the actual age. In other words - how old would the baby be if it had been born on the due date. My son was 9 weeks early, so I had to always subtract 9 weeks from his actual age.

I was in your same situation a few months ago. My son was almost 15 months before he got his first tooth, and that was a top molar! My first son had his first tooth at 5 1/2 months and went along with the "normal" schedule. My son is now 16 1/2 months and just got his third tooth in. He now has the top molar and his two top front teeth. The dentist said that it is very rare to have a baby born with no teeth at all. He also said that kids who are on the smaller side, such as a preemie, usually get theirs later than average size babies. My son isn't even on the growth chart cause he's just a small guy. His ped said she would do an xray on him if he didn't have any by his 15 month checkup but since he popped that molar out right before, she wasn't worried. I also just read somewhere that it is not unheard of to have a baby get their first tooth as late as 17 months. If you are still worried, ask your doctor or dentist to do an xray to see if they are there, but I wouldn't worry too much yet.

K. G

All babies are different, I didn't receive teeth until I was 14 months old. My mother thought i would never get any. I am now 45 and I have the strongest and healthiest teeth out of all of my siblings. Don't worry. They will come in when they are ready.

Being a preemie has everything to do with it. If she was born 3 months early, that would put her developmental age at only 9 months which is pretty average for starting to grow teeth. I wouldn't worry, but ask your doctor if you are concerned.

Hi A. L

Do not worry, every child develops different, and yes that she was a preemie could contribute to delaying the proses.
There is no average, my daughter was preemie 37wks., got her teeth at 6 months I had to stop nursing. My friends son was a full term baby got his teeth at 14 months.

All the best for you and your babies

Gladys F

Oh my goodness, no don't worry! I had a preemie born at 28 weeks, so that could have something to do with it. She couldn't even sit up at 1 year old. But my other, older daughter was born at full term and she only had 1 tooth by 1 year old!

My son didn't get teeth until two weeks after his first bday.

My daughter had only one tooth at one but now has an almost full mouth at 22 months. Many of her friends did not have any teeth at one. I think that is pretty normal. I would definitley bring it up at your next check up just for your piece of mind.

I wouldn't worry about it. My nephew didn't get any teeth until he was about 14 or 15 months old. He is now 18 months and he is getting them back to back. He was cutting 6 at one time last week. Which is bad but he is getting them. So they will come in just give it time.

My baby girl was 13 months when she got her 1st tooth, & she's perfectly normal. I'm not sure what the average age is, but our pediatrician said she was normal. She didn't lose her 1st tooth until after she was 7, though. So expect her to be one of the older kids to start losing teeth!

A., I am a grandma of 8 kids from 11-17. Yes, remember that preemies are behind several months in their development. So expect her to be a little slow. Have you checked with her pedi doctor? He/she can be the best advisor, there is also a website for preemies so you can have peer support from other moms.
Good Luck!
M. D.

A....
My 1st daughter did not begin to cut her 1st tooth until
a couple of weeks before her 1st birthday... I looked really silly taking her to the dentist after she turned one with a single pearly white (pediatricians suggest babies go to dentist at 12 months old!) The pediatric dentist said that her cutting teeth late was perfectly normal. She is six now and has a mouth full of beauiful teeth (and a few that are coming in from losing them)
She cut teeth later than most kids and she lost her first tooth later than most! I wouldn't worry! (But feeding a baby with no teeth can be pretty challenging, right?)

My daughter didn't have teeth until she was 13-14 months old. She's 12 now and has a mouthful! Never had a cavity and won't need braces!

I didn't have teeth until I was 13 months old. My mom took me to a dentist and they said it was not unusual. They also said to do an x-ray is pointless... they are either there or not and an x-ray won't make them appear. I'm sure they will start coming in soon!

Hi A., I happen to have a baby that will be 18 months and my friend has her that is 1 wk younger and when it came teething and walking they were way far apart, my baby has mouth full of teeth and her baby only the front baby teeth, so the Doctors say that all babies are different, and imagine that my four and a half son is already loosing his baby teeth which it usually happens when they are 6-7 yrs. So I don't think you should worry everything happens when it has to be. I hope that my respond help you. Have a nice day.

A.,
Don't panic. My 3 oldest children got their teeth late. the 1st and 2nd got their first tooth at 10 months, but #3 was 16 1/2 months old when hers finally popped through the gum. I knew 10 months was late, but nothing to be worried about. At 12 months I got a little concerned. The pediatrician wasn't concerned until 15 months. We saw a pediatric dentist at 16 months and 2 weeks later a tooth emerged. The pediatric dentist said that the teeth were there and might not appear until age 2!!!! Fortunately, my little one was eating plenty of solid foods--including chicken nuggets and pizza--with just her gums. I've heard it's better if they get them late. And, if you get them late you'll lose them late. While my oldest daughters friends were losing baby teeth BEFORE entering kindergarten, she didn't lose her first one until the week after first grade. Oh, and all of my children were full-term.

I wouldn't worry at all. I've always heard the later the better when it comes to teeth. My son didn't have teeth until about 13 months. He is 7 years old now and no cavities! Also, he hasn't lost any teeth either.

Talk to your pediatrician at the next appointment. I'm sure he/she can put your mind at ease.

J.

Of my 7 kids, 3 got them at or before 4 months and 4 did not get them until 14 mos or later. My 2 yo got hers at 16 mos. My 10 mo old got hers at 3 mos. That is the biggest gap of any of my kids. The last 2 were adopted, drug babies and both were preemies due to their bio mothers prescribed darvocet usage. I don't think it varies by preemie condition alone since mine are so much different and both were preemies. She will get teeth when she / he is supposed to. Enjoy your sleep until then. When mine are teething, no on sleeps in this house. LOL

Hi A.! Don't worry about it. My daughter didn't get her first tooth until she was 15 months old! I was truly getting worried but she finally did get them. My son got his first tooth at 6 months, go figure! I guess every child truly is different from their personalities down to their teeth!

My daughter didn't get her teeth until she was 13 months old. All her first birthday pictures have her totally toothless. Your daughter will be getting her teeth soon enough.

Not to worry.....I have four sons and one of them had his first teeth when he was 14months and the second when he was 16months, and so on....actually, the younger son (15months younger) had more tooth when he was one and a half years old than the other boy.... Both of them are very healthy in every respect....now they are 16 and 17yrs.
The younger also started to loose his teeth earlier than the other! Actually someone told me that the older they get their tooth the healthier mouth they will have!
Good luck
TGC

My chiledren were really late in getting their teeth too. "They" say that it is actually better for them to get them later. Less cavity issues. That probably means they will loose their baby teeth later to, mine are 12 and 14 and are now just losng their last teeth. But no cavities and strong toothand gum structure.
I would not worry till 14 -15 months. But have dentist take a look if you are to concerned.

I would not be alarmed. My son had 4 teeth at his 1st birthday, but my nephew had none. Give it a little more time. My nephew's teeth came in late, but they also came in fast. He has a full set at 1 year and a half.

My twins were eight weeks prem, and my daughter only just cut her first tooth in time for her first birthday, her twin brother had four by the same time, and had 16 by the time he was 18 months! She is still four teeth behind him now they are two so don't panic, but if it continues to worry you, take her to a dentist to be checked out. Although it is "normal" to have cut first teeth in time for the first birthday and moving onto solids, it is a range not a specific date, so allow your daughter the time she takes, she'll manage solids with her gums - my daughter was always the better eater - even with no teeth at all!!
D.

I have always been told to wait until they are 18months. Also, I have been told that the longer they wait to get them the "better" teeth they are. Stronger, more resilient to cavities. My 7 year old grinds and her baby teeth are laughable now! So this is good news!cheers-hollyjolly in houston tx

My daughter got her first tooth at 11 months.. don't worry, why worry? What can you do? Get her dentures? :)

My oldest son didn't get any teeth until he was 14 months old. I finally asked his pediatrician if we should start fitting him for dentures. Anyway, all of his teeth have come in with no problems. The only thing is he is now 12 and is still losing his baby teeth. We have to put off getting braces until he loses all of his baby teeth.

Don't worry, in fact be thankful- it may save you on dental bills one day. There has been some reasearch to say that the longer teeth stay under the gums the more calcium they are able to absorb and are therefore stronger. I don't know if that is true but my husband and his sister didn't get teeth until they were over a year and my husband is 28 and has NEVER had a cavity and his sister is 30 and has only had 2. I on the other hand got my teeth at 6 months and have a mouth full of cavities. So when my daughter didn't get her first teeth until she was a year I was happy she has her daddy's teeth :)

My daughter did not have a single tooth in her mouth until she was two years old. However, she started walking and talking close to 9 months. She potty trained in two days--literally. Each child is different. Her pediatrician said that kids usually even out by the time they start school. I know it is hard not to compare your child with others around you. With that said--If it continues to wear on your mind, you should consult your pediatrician to be sure. It is always better to be safe than sorry. I pray there is nothing wrong with your precious wee one. S.

no need to worry. my first born son got his first tooth at the age of 15 months.

Don't panic!! My son was 14 months before he got one, and so was I! SO when my daughter was born I thought she would be a late teether too--but she did it at 6 months. So--all kids are different and the teeth are under there--I promise! If she still doesn't have them in 6 months or so--you can take her to a pediatric dentist and have her gums x-rayed so you can actually see them for a peace of mind. Both of my kids were born at 37 weeks so maybe being a little early has something to do with it, and maybe not. But I will say the late teethers have less pain when they start to cut through. My son never had problems teething--but my daughter did a little--so maybe this will be good for both you and baby! Good Luck and don't worry at all!!

I have an 11 year old. He did not get one tooth until he was 15 months old. My other two children had them long before that. BUT, I felt like I could feel them just below the gum lines. He was also slightly premature. We were at another location and he feel and his mouth bleed. The doc there freaked out because he had no teeth. They insisted on xraying his mouth. He had plenty of teeth, just not coming in. He got 11, yes, 11 teeth all at one time! POOR GUY! And then a few more followed! I hope this helps!

I have a cousin who did not get her first tooth till she was about 15 months old and she was not a preemie. I also have a nephew who didn't start getting teeth till about 13 months old and he was a preemie. So, I don't think it is anything to worry about. Hope this helps you feel better.

A.,

My son didn't get his first tooth until he was 10 1/2 months old and he wasn't a premie. I was told that it is a good thing for the teeth to come in late and I would have to admit, my son is 10 now and we have not had a single cavity. It sure was not the fact that he brushes his teeth well, because he hates to brush his teeth.

I wouldn't worry.

D.

You shouldn't worry at all. My son had only one tooth when he turned a year old. While my friends baby's were 5 and 6 months old and had several. My cousin's son didn't have any at a year old either but they slowy started to come in slowly after he turned one, but he was also a premie too. He's three years old with a mouth full of teeth now. So, don't worry children develop at different rates but they usually all end up at the same point.

I have four children. The first three did not get their first tooth untill 13 to 15 months. I was surprised when my fourth got his first tooth at 9 months. I think most babies get their first tooth before one year, but some don't, so don't worry just yet. None of mine were premies. Actually the 3 that didn't get their teeth early where all born over 9 pounds.

My daughter had no teeth till she was 10 1/2 months. Then she got 6 teeth in four weeks. I think since your daughter was a premie she is physically her age minus the number of weeks she was premature. She will most likely get them pretty soon.

My daughter is 13 months old and doesn't have any teeth yet either. She was born at 26 weeks and that may have a lot to do with it. My pediatrician says his full-term daughter did not cut her first tooth until she was 15 months. So it seems to be perfectly normal. I have heard that if your child shows no signs of cutting teeth by the time they are 15 months you should follow-up with your doctor.

I figure it is not such a bad thing that my dd doesn't have teeth yet...At least she is not biting!

Hi, A.. My first daughter did not get any teeth until she was about 15 mos old. So, I don't think there is a cause for worry. There has never been a record that I've ever heard of that a child did not grow teeth. :-) They will eventually come. My pediatrician at the time wasn't worried either. You should talk to your pediatrician about if the fact that your child was a premie has anything to do with the delay on the teeth; however, I really don't think that is a factor. With my daughter, it was like one day no teeth and then the next she had a mouth full. I hope this helps...

In my opinion, you have nothing at all to worry about. I have 4 children. My 1st son got his teeth very early (4 months), and the other 3 got their teeth ranging from 6 months to 14 months. I also had a preemie. Each child is so different. All 4 kids also walked at completely different times. I believe the average time is a pretty big gap.

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