Dentist Questions Teething

Is teething delay in children normal?

My son is 8.5 months old and has still not started teething. Is this normal?

21 Answers

Yes, do not be concerned as this is absolutely normal. Each child and boys and girls develop differently. Similarly, some children start to crawl or speak earlier or a little delayed. Rest assured, wait for Mother Nature to do her part and everything will be ok over time.
yes if by 18 months then check with a pedodontist (children's dentist)
My daughter is 9 months old and she has not started teething either. Yes, it is completely normal
There is no way of predicting tooth eruption. Any delay up to 18 months is okay.
Yes, sometimes it occurs later than others. Ask your dentist about it.
Yes. Every child is different.
If no teeth have broken through by the end of the ninth month, I’d see a pediatric dentist. Try to feel the lower front gum area to see if they are right below the surface.
It is out of the normal range. You should seek advice from an expert children's dentist, called a pediatric dentist. Some children are born with less teeth than normal, and this will need to be monitored and dealt with later in life, but get an opinion.
No need to panic. Average tooth eruption is exactly that: “average”. There are many children that get their teeth much earlier or later than the “average” time schedule. Your child is still within the time frame of not needing to be concerned. If another 6 months go by without any tooth eruption, then something out of the ordinary is probably occurring.
Yes, some children are teething later than others. But if in doubt, consult with a pedodontist.
Some children/infants experience tooth eruption a couple months later than the average. Conversely, some may see teeth sooner. I would not be too concerned about it. However, if after a few more months you are still unsure or have yet to see any teeth erupt, it would be advisable to seek a dentist to use radiographs (x-rays) to assess the presence of teeth and
staging of eruption.

Hope that helps.
I have seen as much as a two-year delay with no problems, but if concerned, please consult a dental professional.

Hello and thank you for your question,

The average age for upper front baby teeth is 8-12 months and for the lower front baby teeth is 6-10 months. Hope this helps to answer your question.


Dr. Scott Schaffer
The average time for the first tooth is 6 months, but they can come as early as 4 months or as late as a year. It is nothing to be concerned about if your child is a late teether.
It probably is normal. Remember, we base our teething estimates on averages, and not everyone fits into the same growth pattern. Certainly, if there is a problem, there is nothing that we can do to make the teeth come in earlier. We just have to periodically evaluate the child and keep checking. And be patient.

Michael A. Conrad, DDS, PC
Usually teething starts at 6 months and for a 8.5 months old i would probably have a consult and evaluation with a pedodontist thanks
Tooth eruption is hereditary, but there is a variance as to the eruption sequence. At eight and a half, you are still within the normal range.
They usually start erupting at age 6 months, but some are delayed. 8.5 Is not too late to be concerned! By the way, you cannot force them out.
Most children start teething at 6-8 months. You son is slightly delayed. If he does not start teething by 9.5 months, he should be seen by a pedodontist (a dentist who specializes in children).

David M. Kaffey, DDS
Do not be concerned at all. Some children do not erupt teeth until they are 12-14 months old. The average is 6-7 months for initial lower front teeth. And most important congratulations on having a baby boy - I am sure he is beautiful. Begin using a soft clean washcloth or infant toothbrush and brush his gums very gently with this and it will have him used to you cleaning his mouth before those new teeth erupt.