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Cutting 4 teeth

06/29/2006

Question:

I have a 3 year old son. He just turned 3 on May 9th. He has 20 teeth and is currently cutting 4 new ones in the back of his mouth all at the same time. He is experiencing a lot of pain. Is it normal for him to be getting these four teeth at this age and how should I best relieve his discomfort. Thank you!

Answer:

Typically the first permanent back teeth (molars) come in around age 6.  He may have extra front teeth which can occur and the ones coming in are his baby second molars.  There is a product called baby orajel which may help.  If you have  not seen a dentist yet, you should take him to have all his teeth checked and see exactly which teeth are coming in.

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University