Tooth Care and Teething

Although teething can begin as early as 3 months, most babies will start teething between 4 and 7 months after birth. This time can be difficult for the baby. Some signs of teething include:

  • Excess drooling
  • Need to chew on things
  • Periods of irritability and crankiness
  • Disrupted sleeping or eating patterns

EASING TEETHING

If you are very concerned about your baby’s teething, consult your doctor. The following are some tips to help ease teething:

  • Wipe baby’s face often to remove drool and prevent rashes
  • Rub the baby’s gum with a clean finger
  • Give your baby something to chew on
  • Consult your doctor on what is appropriate
  • Don’t tie a teething ring around the baby’s neck
  • Don’t rub alcohol on baby’s gum
  • Ask your doctor about how to ease pain
  • Avoid teething gels and tablets

DENTAL HYGIENE

Dental health begins before the baby starts developing teeth. Before the teeth come in, make sure to wipe the gums with a wet cloth or gauze. And once the teeth start coming in, use a baby toothbrush and a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Once all the teeth have come in, try brushing them at least twice a day or after meals. If their teeth are touching, you can begin flossing, so that they develop the habit from a young age.

As you introduce solid foods, introduce them one at a time for a couple of days to a week. This
will allow you to notice any negative reactions to foods. As you feed your baby an assortment of foods, you will begin to learn which foods the baby likes and dislikes and your feeding relationship will grow.

This article was written by Valley Dental

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