My child has no teeth.

Bella is 10 1/2 months Friday. She is completely toothless.

We go on playdates and I see all these kids with chompers – from 2 to almost a full mouth of teeth. They gnaw, bite, draw blood, crack open beer cans… Well, no, that’s going a little too far. But you get the idea.

Bella? She’s content to gum everything. To sit and watch everyone else start to eat chunky food by savagely ripping it to shreds while she mashs it around in her mouth.

Then takes it out with her thumb and forefinger to look at. Which I greatly dislike.

People ask, “Well, does she have a hint of teeth? Do you feel anything?”


There is nothingthere. No white marks, no pokies, no anything. Just gums.

What if I have to send her to kindergarten with pureed snacks? What if at age 12 she has to get dentures instead of braces? What if we have to add a food processor to her list of things to buy for college?

I suppose they’ll come in sometime. At least I don’t have to worry about her biting other kids. They probably won’t even notice if she does.


    • says

      Lordy, she’s been “teething” since she was 4 months old. Gnawing on everything, screaming, drooling, feverish, diaper rash – and then nothing. And she goes back to normal.

      You’d think for all that at least we’d get a tooth out of the deal.

  1. says

    teething is so strange my son has been LATE on everymilestone BUT by 15 months he had 16 teeth. seirously, he has been a teething fiend since 5.5 months when the first two pooped out. But really, they will come. I heard its genetic

  2. says

    Just think of it as one less thing you have to deal with! :-) I literally have to hold my daughter DOWN to brush her teeth. She screams, kicks and cries. She used to like having them brushed, but one day decided she was making it too easy for me.

  3. says

    My son doesn’t have any teeth yet, he’s still young though, just 7 months, but I asked my mom the other day when my first teeth came in and she said that they didn’t come in until well after my 1st birthday. She said she was frantic at my 12 month pediatrician appointment about my not having any teeth (I was the first baby obviously) because she was sure I should have had them by then. She said she thought I was never going to have any! Thankfully, they did come in. Although I didn’t lose my last baby tooth until I was 14, it was redonkulous. But anyhoo, I figure I’ll keep my teeth long into my golden years. I guess Bella will also be one of the lucky ones 😉

  4. says

    She is sooo adorable, who needs teeth when you’re that cute! But, to help you not freak, I read The Last Train to Pooksville religiously. I’m not sure if you read ( Emily has talked about her daughter, Poppy, and how she didn’t get her first tooth until 11 months (I think…). But anyways, I thought it might make you take a deep breath :).

  5. says

    I am begging my little guy to not get teeth until he’s a year old! So far, we’re half way there!

    And plus, I remember kindergarten being full of graham crackers and grilled cheeses. She could gum those down!!

  6. metta1313 says

    Abby still only has 2 teeth. She got those around 7 months and nothing since. She will be 11 months on Monday. She can chow down on just about anything, though. I would give it a try with Bella. Abby refuses just about all things pureed these days. She will eat yogurt, but that is it.

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  8. says

    My boy didn’t have teeth till around that age, and he’s only got 6 of them now (still very late on the teeth). BUT he was – and still is – great at eating nearly anything we put in front of him. With the exception of hard things like carrots or chewy things like tortillas, he could eat everything! And when I say everything, I’m including chicken wings, ribs, steak (shredded), and any finger food we offered him.
    All this to say: no processor required! :)

  9. Jamie says

    My daughter didn’t get her first tooth until she was 1. But when she started getting them, she would get them in groups of 4+ teeth. It made teething a breeze for her! Her pain was less often since she got 4 at a time instead of 1. Cut down on the frequency of her teething pain.

    My son has been the same way. He got his first tooth at 11 months. He is now 15 months and has 10 teeth! And is working on 3 more. Ha ha!

    I learned from my mom and my MIL that my husband and I were both late getting our teeth. Our pedi confirmed that it is hereditary.

  10. says

    love your wiritings- and was clued into your blog via HarpersHappenings. I am a very new blogger and SAHM-i look forward to following you and improving my own blogging skillage.

    dont worry about the teeth. just think of the opposite some people deal with…like 1 in a 384570293456 kids is BORN with a full mouth a teeth. muhaha. super creepy right? I would opt for her cute gummy self any day :)

    my son is 18 months and has a mouthful-luckily he hasnt used them for violence….yet. ask me again once his little brother gets here.

    • says

      OMG!! I read that in What to Expect and was creeped out my ENTIRE pregnancy by the thought of some kid popping out with a mouthful of teeth. Ew!!

      I am now very thankful. Lol.

  11. says

    Brighton didn’t get his first tooth until he was 14 months old. I talked to my dentist when he was a year old and they told me that was fine, and actually the longer it takes them to get their teeth the healthier they are.

  12. says

    If you are still nursing – consider yourself VERY LUCKY! I’m crossing my fingers for a late teether in Wes – Austin got his around 5 months and nursing got a bit…more painful at that stage.

    She is a doll!

    • says

      Yep, in that respect I am lucky – because I can’t imagine how bad that must hurt. I would have probably liked nursing even less.

  13. says

    My son got his first tooth 2 weeks before his first birthday and it wasn’t one of the bottom teeth like everybody said it would be. His first tooth was one of his upper side (K9? teeth) teeth. My daughter is currently 9 months and has no signs of teeth coming in either. They will show up in their sweet time. :)

  14. says

    What an adorable picture! My little dude just got his first white sliver of tooth on the bottom…and he is 10 months old as well. Like your daughter, he just loves gumming his food too and showing his toothy friends he can eat cheerios with the best of them!

  15. says

    My daughter was actually born 4 days before yours! So they’re the same age, pretty much. And mine doesn’t have a lot of teeth, but boy has this been a huge ISSUE. She has two on the bottom and is slowly, sloooowly getting two on the top. Then there are pieces of white I see on the sides. Anyway, it really affects her ability to eat. She was eating pureed food, but often doesn’t want it anymore, and we go weeks with just bottles. This sort of drives me crazy because I’d like her, by age one, to at least be able to eat some birthday cake. I’d love to put bread or cheerios in front of her and have her eat. But it seems we’re way behind on that front. My picky eating as a child has surely caught up with me!

  16. says

    My boy didn’t get teeth until he was a year old. He is 17 months old now and only has 4 teeth, two top, two bottom. It still hurts like hell when he bites, tho. Your kid’s teeth will come in. Don’t worry.

  17. Patty says

    My daughter didn’t start teething until she was 1 year old. Now her son is 9 1/2 months and has no teeth…not even a sign of one. Her ped. said it was hereditary and not to worry.