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Did You Have a Late Teether?

I was wondering if there were any mommies out there who had late teethers? My son will soon be 9 months old and is still toothless :-) When did your children's teeth finally come in?

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My baby girl will be 10 months at the end of the month and within the last 3 weeks she has gotten 4 teeth!!! The bottom two came in first and then one of the top ones. Now the other top one has came in. Poor thing has been chewing on everything and leaves a trail of drewl everywhere! I was also wondering the same as you but my Dr. said they all develop at different levels and not to worry. Just be prepared with teething rings and we used the mesh feeding bags with popcicles for something different. She didn't like the Oragel so we had to suffer a bit with whinning but she's better now. Good Luck!!

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My now 3 yr. old had teeth at 6 months. However my 11 month old just got his first teeth a few weeks ago, but they are all coming at once (6 teeth in 3 weeks, he is unhappy).

My baby boy is almost 13 months old, and he got his first tooth just 3 days ago! Being in the dental profession this worried me too, when he at 9 or 10 months did not have any teeth.. Don't worry about it, they can still chew. The first teeth to erupt are usually the incisors, which are not chewing teeth anyway. Enjoy that gummy smile and don't worry. My family doctor and dentist said not to worry unless baby wasn't showing "signs" of erupting teeth by 15 months, bumps in the gums etc. Hope this helps!

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My baby girl will be 10 months at the end of the month and within the last 3 weeks she has gotten 4 teeth!!! The bottom two came in first and then one of the top ones. Now the other top one has came in. Poor thing has been chewing on everything and leaves a trail of drewl everywhere! I was also wondering the same as you but my Dr. said they all develop at different levels and not to worry. Just be prepared with teething rings and we used the mesh feeding bags with popcicles for something different. She didn't like the Oragel so we had to suffer a bit with whinning but she's better now. Good Luck!!

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Mine got her 1st tooth at almost 11 months and she just turned a year and has the bottom two, so no worries, I also hear the later they get them, the better condition their teeth often stay, who knows if it true or not, but I've heard it several times!

My son did not start getting teeth until around 9 or ten months old. He is perfectly fine with great teeth. He's four now, born on April 1st.

A.

Hi there-
My daughter is almost 9 months also and she still has no signs of any teeth - so I wouldnt worry- after reading this board, I dont feel so bad!!

I have a 2-year old daughter and she didn't get her first tooth until she was one. My mom, dad, my brothers and I were all the same way. Although that is later than most babies, it is still "normal" if they don't get their first tooth until they turn one. So, no need to worry about it. =)

I had three boys and all of them were late teethers. Actually, the dentist told me the later they get their teeth, the better their teeth are. They were 10 and 11 months old before they got their first tooth. Not to worry!!
J.

My 1st son did not get any teeth until 15mth! But I heard it is in the genes. my hubby was late as well I found out.
So now over the last 1-2 yrs his teeth are just beginning to fall out as fast as they came in, 2 at time for some... he is 9 now. So don't worry, everyone is different!

Smiles,
D.
fiveboyzmama

My daughter finally broke 2 teeth on the bottom when she was 10 months old! She is now 13 months old and still only has the 2 teeth on the bottom! I am kinda wondering myself what the deal is with her teeth! My son had about 6 teeth when he was 13 months old.... The Dr said she is doing just fine, just a late teether. Good Luck!

At 15months my daughter still had no teeth but appeared to have very tough gums. We took her to a child dentist who X-rayed her mouth. The teeth were indeed there, just not yet erupted. He told us that if they had not erupted by 17-18 months he would do a procedure in which he would open up the gums. Thank goodness just before 18months she cut her first tooth. Also, I have been told by many that the later the teeth come in, the better the teeth. This was indeed the case for her. She has beautiful strong, white teeth. Be patient!

my son too S.. He was born March 07 and just started cutting teeth about 1 month ago. Now he has 6! They came in fast and furious. He gets a fever everytime. Sometimes he ends up sick after. My doctor said that cutting teeth weakens immune system and they are putting everything in their mouth hence, sick. Anyhow, most of the time it passes in a couple weeks and lots of sleepless nights. I always know he is teething by the night waking. I nurse him that seems to be his only comfort. Don't worry my other boys were opposites, one came early and one came late. They both have great teeth at 11 year and 14 years. I guess they are all different thank god!

I didn't have a late teether but I WAS a late teether. I didn't get my first tooth until I was 10 months old to a year. I will give you a word of warning, children that are late teether's are late at other things too, like walking (15 months here!).

Good Morning S.,

How are you doing? The little girl that I care for got her first tooth when she was about 14 or 15 months old. She is now 21 months old and has about 7 teeth. But do not worry, if your son is anything like this little girl, he will do just fine without teeth. She was able to eat veggies, hot dog without skins and fruits just by gumming them - she had very strong gums.

Take Care,

J.

I did not have a late teether but my girlfriend went through this same thing. Her son did not cut a tooth until his first birthday. She noticed his gums looked different at about 10 or 11 months and saw that teeth should be coming in but it didn't actually happen until the day of his first birthday party!

My first baby did not have a tooth in her mouth when she turned one year. My next baby had 4 by the time he was 3 mos!

Every baby is different.

Nobody ever saw a todler without teeth. Not to worry - your adorable little angel will soon have a mouthful full of teeth. Please, don't even waste another minute to worry about it. (Yes, I do know a friend whose 1 year old had no teeth - a few months later, he was like any other 16-month old, teeth-wise).

Hi! My baby girl got her first tooth at 9 months. She is definitely a late teether. I was a late teether and so were my siblings. My nephews are too. Not to worry. They say that late teethers have healthier teeth.

Sarah,

My daughter is now 13 months old & has 6 teeth (4 upper incisors & 2 lower incisors). She started cutting her 2 middle upper & lower incisors at 10 months of age. At this point I think she is trying to get antoher set upper incisors. I have seen other children her age will a full (or appears to be) set of teeth. If your ped isn't worried, I wouldn't be either.

my son was 9 months before he got his first and now at 18 months he seems to have all of them but 4 or so.
T.

My daughter didn't get any teeth until she was over one. Her year molars started to break through before her front teeth, but then she had pretty much all her teeth in a little over a month. I had asked her doc about it and she said not to worry about it because it's perfectly normal.
Hope this helps.

My daughter at 18 mths only had 6 (4 on top, 2 on bottom)which is not many compared to many other babies. It's been a slow process for her too. Enjoy it though it keeps them look like babies longer :). She is my second baby so I haven't worried like I would have on my first. He was slow to get teeth as well. You are not alone!! They will come

My first 2 kids didn't get their first tooth until around one year old. My daughter is now 8 and she has only lost 3 of her baby teeth (2 were pulled because the permanents were growing in behind them and there was no indication that they were going to fall out on their own!) My mom swears that the later the baby teeth come in that the stronger the permanent teeth will be, but I don't know if that's a myth.

Hi S.,

My son first got his tooth (actually his first 2 bottom teeth) at about 5 1/2 months and got all of them by 18-19 months old. Every baby is different. It's normal to have babies not get there tooth until almost a year old so I wouldn't worry about it. Enjoy the "No teething" time right now....lol. Good Luck!!!!

I have a friend whose one daughter was born with her bottom teeth already and the other daughter did not cut teeth until she was 13 months. It really just depends on several factors including heredity. If she reaches a year and still hasn't cut, go see a pediatric dentist who can then Xray to determine if there is an underlying problem.

Hi S.,

My son had 4 teeth, two top and two bottom(looked like a rabbit!) when he turned a year old. Then it seems after that within a month or two, ALL of his teeth came in at once. It seems like it happened overnight.

My son didn't walk until he was 14 mos old either. Every child is different.

Dear S.,
My son is almost 11 months and no teeth have appeared yet. I know there are children who get them really late. I guess we just have to be patient.

S.,

My 1st daughter got her 1st tooth at 4 months. I was shocked. So when my second came along i thought for sure she would get her's early. But no,she was about 9 months before she got her 1st tooth. and ahe has been slow getting the rest. She didn't get her one year molars til 18-19 months. I wouldn't worry. i have read that some babies go to their 1st birthday without their 1st tooth.

I had 4 out of 5 that were late teethers. My oldest, now 7, got her first at 9 months. My next, now 5, didn't get her first until 12 months. My next two were around 10 months and my last got his first tooth at 7 months. Don't worry!! I did not find the advice that another mom gave you to be true though. My oldest daughter was walking at 7 months and did everything else fast too. It is unrelated to when teeth come in.
M.

My baby boy is almost 13 months old, and he got his first tooth just 3 days ago! Being in the dental profession this worried me too, when he at 9 or 10 months did not have any teeth.. Don't worry about it, they can still chew. The first teeth to erupt are usually the incisors, which are not chewing teeth anyway. Enjoy that gummy smile and don't worry. My family doctor and dentist said not to worry unless baby wasn't showing "signs" of erupting teeth by 15 months, bumps in the gums etc. Hope this helps!

All of my children had about 6 teeth by the time they were 6 months old, but my sister's girls... one of them did not get a tooth until about 16 months old! I've heard that the later they come in, the better they will be... not sure if that's true, but you can definitely relax... the teeth will come in right on time!

S.,
Dont worry all kids are different. My oldest didnt get any teeth until she was about 9 or 10 mths, but my other two cut their first ones at about 5mths. He's fine when they are ready they will come in.

Both my girls were late teethers, @10mos. That's okay. They will lose them later.

Yes, my little girl had her first tooth when she was almost a year old. All her friends had their tooth it was kind a funny. And now my soon is almost 8 monts no teeth yet, so don't worry about it, I know we all try to compare with others babies, but everybody is deferent.

S.,

Both of my sons (now 3.5 and 7) teethed late. My older son didn't get a tooth until he was 11 months old and my younger son got his first tooth at 14 months! Their (pediatric) dentist said that this is not unheard of, and it's actually better for their teeth since then then don't have milk pooling in their mouths etc. as they would if they got their teeth earlier.

Bottom line: if you're pediatrician isn't worried, I wouldn't be either. :)

...J.

My son did not get his first nub of a tooth until the week of his first birthday. It was on top too. They all started coming in after that...now he has a beautiful smile and he is all caught up!

I did not but my friend has a little girl that is 15 months and just got her 1st tooth.

My son was about 10 months when he started getting teeth,
Now he is 8 and only lost 2 teeth. I figure the later they get them the healthier they stay.

My daughter will be 11 months on the 1st and still no signs of teeth, you are not alone. My three neices did not get any teeth until 13 months.

There was a time when we thought our (now) 11-yr old grandson would NEVER get teeth. We also had another grandson the same age at the same time....he had 8 teeth by a year...but his slightly younger cousin didn't get his first tooth til he was 14 months old. I'm happy to tell you both of them have the same amount of teeth now, and are happy, healthy and very very fit 11-yr old boys. As a mom of 7 and a grandmother of 17, don't sweat the small stuff. Those teeth will come in soon enough!

My son was the same way. He really started to get his teeth back to back at 13months. He will be two next month and is working on the last set of molars.

Hey S.-

My daughter was a late teether too. She was 10- 11 months before she got her first tooth. She is now 18 months and still only has 6 teeth. I've heard the later they get their teeth, the stronger the teeth will be. She can eat anything as far as food goes. Don't worry....they will come in!!!!!

My now 3 yr. old had teeth at 6 months. However my 11 month old just got his first teeth a few weeks ago, but they are all coming at once (6 teeth in 3 weeks, he is unhappy).

I have a 10 month old. She got her first two bottom teeth at 4 months but then she didn't get anymore until around 10 months old- then two more on the bottom and two side teeth but still not the two middle teeth. My sister-in-law works in a dentist office and according to her, it is better is they come in late.

I had three late teethers. They all got their teeth between 9 to 11 months. I loved it because I got to enjoy their toothless smiles more! Every child developes differently, I had friends whose children had teeth around 4 months. Every baby differs.Enjoy his smiles!
Heather

My daughter got her 2 bottom teeth at 6 months and didn't get any more in until after she was 1 yr. 2-3 months after her first birthday she started getting a new one every week it seemed. She's now 20 months and has a mouth full of teeth. I wouldn't worry about your son, they will come in when they're ready.

My son did not get his first tooth until he was 11-months old...then they all came in!

He is almost 2 (will be in February) and has all of them except his 2 year old molars...we expect them soon.

They are so darn cute when they don't have teeth!! My daughter didn't get her first until 11 months... I was actually sad... LOL!!

Hi there! We have a lot in common and don't worry!! My daughter was born in March of 07 and just got her 1st tooth Jan. 6 (3 days before her 10 month b-day) and then got her 2nd one (front bottom) about a week to 10 days later. My mother-in-law is in the dentist field and says the later, the healthier they will be, actually. The longer they are down in the gums, the better, so it's not a bad thing. You will know when they're about to break through the gums because he will be very cranky and won't sleep that night...but after the first one comes through, she dealt with the 2nd better. Just give Tylenol and/or teething tablets (homeopathic) which was a great thing for me because it helps calm them and get some rest through it all. Also, my daughter used the cool teething rings, but found the best comfort in the mesh "feeder" thingy that you can put grapes/carrots, etc. in for them to gum...I just put one piece of ice in it and she'd teeth on that until it was gone. She loved it! Best wishes...they'll be here soon and just remember, it's actually better to be late.

My daughter was a late teether as well. She did not get her first tooth until after her first birthday. She is 22 months now and has twelve teeth, including her molars. Your little boy is sure to get some teeth soon. Until then, enjoy those toothless smiles (:!

9 months for my 2nd daughter. She is 16 months now and still only has 6 teeth. 4 on top, two on bottom. By this age my oldest had molars!

J.

My daughter was 10 months before she got her first tooth. She got the top two first and then the bottom two. My sone was around 9 months when he got his and all 4 front teeth came in within two days.

my son turned 9 months today and he just broke his first tooth a few days ago my daughter was about 8 and a 1/2 months with hers. neither of mine had any warning signs just woke up one day and they were there.

Hi S.,

My son's did not get any teeth until he was over 11 months old. Now they are coming in like crazy! Hope this helps. :)

S.-- I also had a baby boy in April 2007, and his bottom teeth JUST cut through about a week ago! My older son (who's about 2 1/2) was a late teether, too. I have no idea why, but my older son now has a mouthful of cute little baby teeth, so I don't think you have anything to worry about. Hope this helps! :)

yes, my son's first tooth came in around 9 months. I was also a late teether. Don't worry, your son won't be toothless forever.

Hi S.,

Do not worry. My daughter didn't get her teeth in until around 11 months. I've heard that the longer they stay in, the better they are and so far, she has had no cavities and she is 13. Braces...yes, but no cavities!

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