December 18th, 2014
“Breaking through to a new smile: What happens when your baby is teething?” (Source: JADA 145(11) November 2014)
Many new parents ask us, “when will our baby begin teething?” Research has shown that, on average, your baby will begin teething somewhere between 4 and 7 months into their first year of life. The process of teething can last up to three years for many children. When all is said and done, most children will have a shiny, white set of 20 primary (or baby) teeth push through their gums (in the process of tooth eruption) to make up their smile.
Some common signs that your child may be teething are increased fussiness, trouble falling asleep, a decreased desire to eat, along with an increase in saliva (or more drooling than usual). These can all be caused by tender gum tissue as the new teeth are breaking through to the surface. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends trying to make your baby more comfortable during this time by trying to soothe their gums by rubbing them gently with a clean finger, moist gauze, or a small, cool spoon. Also, allowing your child to chew on a clean teething ring may be helpful to relieve some of the discomfort during the teething phase.
One of the more common questions we receive from parents is “when should I first bring my child in to visit the dentist.” The ADA recommends that as soon as your baby gets their first tooth (or by his or her first birthday, schedule a “well-baby visit” with your dentist. Your baby’s first visit will allow your dentist to check for any initial signs or symptoms of tooth decay and allow our team to give you tips and tricks on how to promote and maintain healthy teeth for life for your child.
We would like to help you take great care of your child’s brand new smile and help keep it shining for many years to come! Please feel free to call or email us to set up a “well-baby visit” or new patient exam for your child today J
Puyallup Valley Dental Care
(Author Dr. Jordan Zingerman)
December 10th, 2014
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