Edited by jbk21 - 10/6/12 at 9:31pm
So, I have an odd(ish) question.. Coralie has had 7 teeth for at least 6 weeks now and the 8th tooth (one of the bottom teeth) is still completely missing and doesn't seem to even be close. How long should I wait before seriously considering if she's missing that tooth? All my kids other baby teeth all came in in pairs and always within a week or two.
MIrabel got all of her first teeth - even her molars and canines - before she got the next two front ones on the bottom. I honestly thought she just didn't have them - there were no gum bumps there or anything. I asked the dentist and he was so uninterested in whether or not they were actually there. He just shrugged and said that either they come or they don't. Oren kind of seems to be following the same pattern - it looks like he's getting his canines right now (before molars) but never got the second pair on the bottom. Unless there is going to be a massive gap there, or something.
But it is funny that she got one and not the other.
I thought it was normal in some children as well. My daughter does it, and my son just started (but I think he enjoys the noise it makes). One of our health care providers have said it is indicative of temperament, and a Chinese herbalist we see said it relates to the release of heat in the system, particularly in children who tend to run hot. (I *think* they mean heat in a metaphorical sense....)
I asked our ped dentist as well, and she said a lot of kids do it and outgrow it. I wouldn't stress!