It is defined as the development of teethand their arrangement in the mouth. It is also known as eruption of teeth fromgums in a baby. The typical time for appearance of teeth is usually betweensixth to ninth months, but it may vary on child to child. Usually, the firsttooth to erupt is one of the lower, central incisors. As the tooth penetratesthe gums, the area may appear slightly red or swollen over the tooth. Some teethmay be more sensitive than others when they erupt.
Deciduous teeth or milk teeth tend to emerge sooner in femalesthan in males. The exact pattern and initial starting times of teething appearto be hereditary. They are 20 in numbers.

1.Lower central incisors (2)
2.Upper central incisors (2)
3.Upper lateral incisors (2)
4.Lower lateral incisors (2)
5.Canines (4)
6.First molars (4)
7.Second molars (4)

Signs and Symptoms:

1.Increased salivation.
2.Restlessness, sleeplessness due to discomfort in gums.
3.Refusal of food due to soreness in gums.
5.Mild rashes on the skin surface.
6.Chewing of objects.
7.Rubbing of cheek and ear region due to referred pain.
9.Fever, between 100 to 101 ºF, but may vary on child tochild.

Order of tooth eruption in baby:
1.Central incisors: 6-12 months of age
2.Lateral incisors: 9-16 months of age
3.Canine teeth: 16-23 months of age
4.First molars: 13-19 months of age
5.Second molars: 22-24 months of age
Between the ages of 6 to 12 years of age, these 20 primaryteeth are replaced by 32 permanent teeth.

1.Any medicines, which are responsible for numbness for gumsshould not be used.
2.If pain gums causes discomfort, so different types ofnipples and cups must be used to improve feeding.
3.Oral hygiene must be maintained even before eruption oftooth.
4.Cold objects must be used to reduce inflammation of gums.
5.Due to irritation of gums, babies used to chew objects. Thiscan be dangerous if the baby is allowed to chew on objects which are smallenough to be swallowed or which could break while being chewed and causechoking. So it must be avoided.
6.Homoeopathy is a holistic system of medicines, it help intreating the suffering without harming patient. Homoeopathic medicines willhelp in reducing the inflammation and behavioral disorders from which infantsare suffering.

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Dr.M.K.Mishra ( Consult For Homeopathic Treatment)