Teething Tips From Your Chicago and Glenview Pediatric Dentistry Professionals
At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics, we are concerned about the development and health of your children’s teeth, every step of the way. Our practice handles your child’s first dental wellness visits, teething issues, sealants, preventative care, dental repairs, and orthodontics. When teething begins during the first year of life, babies often experience discomfort and parents often don’t know what to do. As your Chicago & Glenview pediatric dentistry professionals, we are committed to offering you the most helpful tips that allow you and your little one get through the process.
What Is Teething?
Most often occurring between six and nine months after birth, a baby’s primary teeth will begin to erupt. The lower two front teeth are most typically the first, and are followed by the upper two front teeth. This process is called teething. For some babies, it can be painful and uncomfortable, and parents will need to know how to help their little ones deal with it. Some babies don’t experience pain at all, which makes it easier for everyone involved. By three years of age, most children will have all of their primary teeth completely grown in.
What to Look for in Teething Babies
Understanding the signs associated with teething in babies will give you some direction in how to care for the situation. These symptoms can begin up to four or five days before the actual teeth erupt, making it important that you know what they are and can diagnose the pain your child is experiencing. An eruption cyst, or small bubble with fluid in it, is one uncommon symptom that will be taken care of when the tooth erupts and pops it. Other symptoms include:
- Decreased appetite
- Excessive drooling and salivating
- Gnawing and biting
- Interrupted sleep
- Rash from drooling on the chin
- Rubbing the ears
- Swollen gums
There are some who might argue that fevers, diarrhea and rashes are other symptoms of teething, but at Yummy Dental & Orthodontics, we recommend speaking to your pediatrician as these are typically symptoms of unrelated illnesses.
Helping to Alleviate the Pain
Because the amount of discomfort a baby feels during the teething process can cause pain and difficulty sleeping, it’s okay to apply approved methods that will help to alleviate the pain. An old wives’ tale that recommends using alcohol or whiskey to numb the gums is definitely not recommended and highly inappropriate. At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics, we recommend:
- Giving the baby a chilled binky
- Giving the child chilled teethers, such as rings, rattles, and other toys made specifically for teething
- Gently massaging the baby’s gums
- Letting the child suck on wet, chilled washcloths
- Giving the child over-the-counter medications as recommended by your pediatrician
It’s important to remember that all of these methods should be handled with supervision for the best care for your child.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
If you have questions about teething, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Contact Yummy Dental & Orthodontics today in Chicago at 773-281-8100 or in Glenview at 847-729-4700 and let’s get your child’s appointment set up today.
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