What Parents Should Know About Baby Teeth
There’s considerable variability with when a baby’s first teeth emerge and how they’ll react to the teething process. To prevent unpleasant surprises, here’s everything you need to know about your little one’s first teeth
Teeth Come in Between 6 and 12 Months
As mentioned, the baby's first teeth usually come in between 6 and 8 months but could sometimes take up to 12 months for late bloomers. Don’t be alarmed if the teeth don’t appear after the eighth month. Give it a few weeks, and you’ll notice the first lower incisors poking out, followed by the upper ones, and before you know it, your baby will have a full set of teeth.
Look Out for Signs of Teethings
Always keep an eye out for the telltale signs of teething. That way, you can take the right steps to ensure a smooth process. These signs include:
- Excessive drooling
- Biting and chewing random objects
- Sleep disruption
- Cheek rubbing
Teething Is Painful for Babies
The emergence of the first teeth is often a painful and uncomfortable experience for your precious one. That’s because the teeth pierce through the soft gum tissue, pressuring the sensitive nerves and causing inflammation. The discomfort will make your child cranky, often disrupting their feeding and sleeping habits.
How Can I Make This Process Easier for My Child?
Teething can be uncomfortable for babies, but you can help them through the process. Here are a couple of tips for doing just that:
- Gently massage their gums using your clean index finger
- Give them clean, non-toxic chewing toys (cooled) to ease the discomfort
- Feed them chilled soft foods like yogurt and applesauce
- Play with your baby to distract them from the pain
- Let them gnaw on a cold washcloth to soothe their gums
Here to Guide Your Baby’s Dental Journey
Teething is an exciting but trying time for parents. Having a pediatric dentist on speed dial during this period is instrumental in streamlining your baby’s dental journey. Remember to stay patient and follow your dentist's advice to the letter and everything will be A-okay.
Does your baby show early signs of teething, and you’re unsure what to do next? Worry not; contact Saginaw Kids Dentistry today, and we’ll help you along your child’s journey from toothless gums to a full set of teeth.