The life of a parent is equally fascinating and terrifying at times. Your little one is going through so many changes at once and it's incredibly interesting to learn about their growth. One of the things that a lot of parents are not really looking forward to is teething. When do baby teeth come in? Is it painful? And when should you get ready for your child's first visit?
Let's find out!
So, When Do Baby Teeth Come In?
Baby teeth start emerging between 4 and 7 months. Don't worry too much if your child has passed this mark and there's no sign of teething. It can take a bit longer for some kids until the first tooth comes in. Teething can be painful and create a lot of discomfort for your baby, but there are numerous ways you can help and soothe them. That's why it's important to visit a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth emerges. They can give you tips on what to do and how to help your baby during this process.
How to Tell Your Baby Is Teething
You can tell that your baby is teething even before the tooth starts breaking through the gum line.
If your baby shows the following signs, then the chances are high that they are teething:
- Swollen or tender gums
- They are fussier than usual
- A slightly raised temperature
- Always want to chew on hard things
- They are drooling excessively
- Bringing their hands to their mouth
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
What to Do When Your Baby Is Teething?
Your pediatrician and/or a pediatric dentist can provide you with the best ways to care for your baby when they are teething. Some things you can do include:
- Rub their gums with a clean finger and massage them gently
- Clean the drool with a clean cloth or wipe to prevent rashes
- Give your baby special chewing toys like a teething ring so they can massage their gums by themselves
- If your baby is already on solid foods, teething biscuits can help
- If the baby is old enough, the doctor may even recommend some medicine to ease the pain
Over to You
The best way to help your child during this period is to talk to a specialist and follow a routine that can help soothe your baby.
Here at our Cascadia Kids Dentistry practice in Issaquah, we want to help you and your baby get a great start and build the foundation for great oral health.
Visit our facilities and get to know our practice and our pediatric dentists. Making sure your child’s baby teeth are growing healthy is our priority and mission.
Contact us now if you have any questions or if you want to book your first appointment.