Baby’s first tooth: How long will that toothless grin last?

There’s nothing quite as adorable as a newborn’s gummy smile. But as the months go by, it’s only a matter of time before the first tooth breaks through.

Here are some common signs of teething and what to expect during your baby’s first year of teething.

Common symptoms of teething in babies

Most babies start teething between 4–7 months, but every child is different— even among siblings. The symptoms can be different, too. Here’s a list of common symptoms to look out for:1

  • Drooling
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Fussiness and crying
  • A fever less than 101 F
  • Gnawing on hard things
  • Rubbing their cheek or pulling their ear
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns

The first year of teething

To get a general idea of your baby’s tooth development, check out this timeline:

Infographic baby teeth

Remedies for teething babies

Teething can be painful for babies—and their parents. To help you both get some relief, try some of these teething remedies.

Humana offers family dental plans

If you’re a current Humana dental plan member, you may be able to add a dependent to your plan at any time. If you’re looking for a family dental plan, Humana offers a broad range of plans with varying levels of coverage, many with low monthly premiums. To see plans and prices in your area, check out our Humana Insurance Company dental insurance page.


  1. “Teething,” WebMD, last accessed November 18, 2020,, opens new window.