What Is Teething?


What is teething?

Teething is when teeth first come through a baby’s gums. It can be a difficult time for babies and their parents. Knowing what to expect during teething and how to make it a little less painful can help.

What is teething and when do babies start teething?

Typically babies begin to teethe between 4 and 12 months of age. Babies are born with all 20 primary teeth below their gum-line. Children usually have their full set of baby teeth in place by age 3.

Teething Signs

Symptoms of teething aren’t the same for every baby, but they may include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Fussiness
  • A slightly raised temperature (less than 101 F)
  • Excessive drooling
  • Desire to chew on hard things
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping

Teething can be painful, but it doesn’t usually make babies sick. If your baby has fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes on the body, or cough and congestion. these aren’t normal symptoms of teething. If your baby has any of these symptoms while teething, call your pediatrician.

What is teething and how to soothe a teething baby

Your baby may have sore or tender gums when their teeth begin to erupt. You can help them by gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a clean teether to chew on. Look for teethers made of solid rubber, and avoid liquid-filled teething rings or plastic objects that could possibly break.

Teething treatments to avoid

Never put anything in your baby’s mouth that isn’t specifically approved to help soothe teething. Even some products described as teething aids aren’t safe choices, including ones:

  • Filled with liquid that can tear and spill
  • Made of breakable material, like plastic, that can possibly lead to choking
  • That are frozen solid — these can be too hard on a baby’s mouth
  • Another reason to be aware of the material used to make the teethers: Some can be made from harmful substances, like lead. Look for ones made of rubber.
  • A small dose of a children’s pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, may help your baby.
  • Teething Necklaces are dangerous because they can strangle or choke the baby.
  • Don’t use ibuprofen for an infant under 6 months old, and ask your physician prior to giving your baby any medication.

How to care for baby’s new teeth

Good oral hygiene is important, even before your baby has teeth:

  • Run a soft, clean cloth over your baby’s gums twice a day in the morning feeding and before they are put to bed to help keep food debris and bacteria from building up in your baby’s mouth.
  • When your baby’s teeth appear, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to clean his or her teeth twice a day.
  • Around their first birthday you should think about scheduling regular dental checkups for your baby. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend scheduling a child’s first dental visit at or near his or her first birthday.

Schedule an appointment for your babies first dental consultation

At Leslie Nason DDS, we want your child’s first dental visit to be a great experience. The first visit is recommended at your baby’s first birthday or within 6 months of the first teeth coming in. The first visit will include a full exam of your child’s mouth – including teeth, jaws, bite, and gums. We’ll also provide a gentle cleaning and show you how to properly care for their teeth, including brushing and flossing.

Do you have more questions about what teething? Remember, regular childhood dental care helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. If your baby needs a dentist, choose the best dentist near you in Keller Texas so she can help your baby. Call 817-503-0305 or schedule your appointment at Leslie Nason, DDS today.

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