Tips for Teething

Tips for Teething

The American Dental Association recommends that kids visit the dentist for the first time when they turn one or when their first tooth grows in, whichever happens first. While this may seem early, our team will want to examine the few teeth that your baby has to ensure that everything looks good or diagnose and treat any issues we may find early on. To learn more about our services or schedule your child’s next appointment, please contact us!

Symptoms of Teething

Any change in your baby’s daily habits or demeanor can indicate that they are growing and about to hit some new milestones. When a baby is unusually fussy, it may be that a tooth is coming in, and this new pain that they’re experiencing for the first time is strange and uncomfortable for them. Along with generally being irritable, your baby may express what they’re going through in a number of ways:

  • Frequently waking at night
  • Pulling on their ears
  • Crying and biting
  • Developing red cheeks or rashes
  • Drooling
  • Coughing
  • Refusing food

Remedies for Teething

There are so many home remedies out there for teething, and we sincerely hope that one or more of them will help your child feel better as they go through this uncomfortable yet necessary phase in their lives. In general, cold foods, cold water, and cold baby-safe teething toys are great for numbing pain in the mouth. Your child may find comfort in chewing on things, or they may be better off with a numbing cream, pain medication, massages, or being distracted by mom or dad. Here is a list of things you may want to try to help your baby through the teething process:

  • Cold foods
  • Refrigerated teething toys
  • Chilled fruits and/or veggies in a mesh feeder
  • Cold water to drink
  • Play with different toys
  • A new toothbrush or silicone spatula for chewing
  • Cold washcloth

When to See a Doctor

If at any point you aren’t sure about a home remedy for teething or you’re concerned about a symptom that your child develops, we recommend consulting with your child’s pediatrician. If your baby’s change in mood is accompanied by symptoms like lethargy, fever, diarrhea, or a runny nose, that can be a sign that their discomfort is being caused by something besides their new teeth. For dental-related concerns, you are more than welcome to contact Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry & Braces and we’ll be happy to assist your family.

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