Do You Have a Teething Toddler?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Blogs | 0 comments

The teething process is often an uncomfortable and challenging experience for toddlers. However, for some toddlers, teething can be painless! The severity of teething symptoms often varies from child to child. In general, your child’s first teeth may arrive any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. The first teeth to come in are usually the two lower front teeth, also known as the central incisors. In about 1 to 2 months following the lower front teeth, the four front upper teeth, also known as the central and lateral incisors, typically appear. When your child reaches about 3 years old, all 20 primary teeth may be present!

Primary teeth may seem insignificant because they’re temporary, but they’re key in the development of healthy permanent teeth. Your child’s primary teeth not only help  with chewing, but also with speaking clearly! It is important to start taking care of your child’s primary teeth as soon as they become visible.

Certain symptoms of teething are common during the arrival of your child’s first teeth.  It’s normal for them to drool excessively, and have a desire to chew on hard objects to relieve pain. To reduce your child’s risk of developing a rash or experiencing irritation from the drool, wipe your baby’s mouth regularly.  Also, it is important to keep hazardous objects out of their reach and to keep their toys sanitized. To prevent your child from putting unsanitary items in their mouth, offer teething rings, cold vegetables, or a cold washcloth. Also, make sure to wash your child’s hands regularly, just in case they decide to put them in their mouth too!

Some toddlers may become irritable and out of sorts as their teeth arrive. This pain may result in more crying, and disrupted sleep and eating patterns. Although inflamed gums could cause a slight raise in your child’s temperature, check with your physician if your child has a severe fever or diarrhea, as they are not considered typical symptoms of teething.

No need to worry! Teething is a normal process that can be made less painful. Here are some tips on how to ease your child’s discomfort and keep their primary teeth healthy:

 

Gently rub your child’s gums.  

Using a cold spoon or washcloth to gently wipe your child’s gums can ease some of their pain. It is especially important to wipe your child’s gums after they’ve eaten and before going to sleep to prevent from tooth-decay.

 

Provide your child with cold foods.  

Try feeding your child cold and soft foods that don’t involve chewing, such as yogurt and applesauce.

 

Avoid filling your baby’s bottle with fruit juices or other sugary beverages.

It is extremely important to keep your child hydrated! However, stay away from acidic and sugary drinks, as they can lead to baby bottle tooth decay! Prevent cavities by filling your baby’s bottle with breast milk or water.

 

Use a toothbrush and water once the first tooth arrives. 

Choose a soft toothbrush to gently brush your child’s primary teeth.

 

Schedule regular dental visits for your child.

Typically, a child’s first dental visit should be within six months after the first tooth arrives, but no later than the child’s first birthday.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teething

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Family/2014/February/article/SW-281474979270690.cvsp

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