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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Late teething

09/18/2008

Question:

My daughter is 16 months old and still has no teeth. She has had no health issues, other than a few colds and I`m still breastfeeding but only at night. She`s been walking since she was 10 months and has a handful of words now. You can see the teeth through the gums and she can chew food. I don`t know if I teethed late as unfortunately my Mother passed away and my Father can`t remember! I have asked the doctor and health visitors and they say not to worry but at what age should I start to as I don`t know of anyone else with such late teethers.

Answer:

The timing of eruption of baby teeth varies tremendously. It is good that you can see her teeth under her gums, but she should be examined by a dentist who is experienced in treating children. It is unlikely that any treatment is indicated, but your child's dentist will be able to give you specific advice about her situation.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University