Babies and teething
A babies first tooth is an exciting milestone for any parent. But what can you do to help ease the transition for you and your baby?
Babies start teething at roughly 6 months of age. Usually the first teeth to emerge are the two bottom incisors (bottom front teeth). When teeth start to break through the gumline, most babies may experience mild discomfort and some even pain. So what can you do to help ease this transition for you and your baby?
How to soothe babies first tooth
The best option for soothing sore and inflamed gums is to gently rub with a clean cold cloth, a small cooled spoon or even a moist gauze. All these can bring down the inflammation in the gums and help soothe discomfort. Clean teethers may also help but we do advise that you check which materials your teether is made from. Do avoid plastic beads and any BPA products for your baby. In fact, even an ice cube wrapped in a gauze is the best and cheapest option.
Symptoms to watch for
Babies will experience fussiness, loss of appetite and irritability when teething but there are a few key points to watch for. If your baby develops diarrhea, a rash or even vomiting please call your doctor and get them checked out.
See your dentist!
We recommend that all children see a dentist by the age of 3 years old. It is during development of the first set of teeth that we should begin to take a closer look at the proper hygiene practice that will protect your child from developing future problems.
Our team at Strathcona Dental Works are here to help in giving your child the start they need with the up most comprehensive treatment plan that will meet the individual needs of your child. Give our clinic a call and see what a difference we here at Strathcona Dental Works can do for you.