Teething Tips and Tricks

  • Tips
  • April 15, 2019
  • Cedar Lodge Dental

Megan Sanders, RDH

A teething baby is SO much fun! …Said nobody EVER! Teething babies is a topic many parents speak with our dental team about. They express frustration due to lack of sleep and not knowing how to help their fussy child. This is a topic I can personally relate to as I have a little one at home in the early stages of teething. “How do I know if my baby teething? I don’t see any teeth?” Here are a few helpful tips and tricks!

“When does teething begin?”

Although teething varies from child to child, most children begin the teething process around 6 months old. The two lower front teeth (central incisors) generally appear first followed by the front upper teeth.

“What are signs my baby is teething?”

  • Crankiness and irritability
  • Increased drooling
  • Chewing on hands and/or objects
  • Red sore/tender gums
  • Loss of appetite

“What are some ways to comfort my teething child”

  • Rub your baby’s gums: Use a nubby, clean finger, cool damp wash rag and gently massage the gum tissue
  • Keep it cool: Try freezing teething toys for your child to chew on
  • Mesh baby food holders: Place fruits/veggies in a mesh holder and allow the child to chew on that! It soothes the gums and satisfies their bellies!
  • Tylenol: If you’re comfortable with it… no harm in giving them a little Tylenol to relieve some discomfort. Make sure you’re giving the correct dosage for your child’s weight.

As a parent, the best we can do is give our littles extra love and ride it out. It’s a temporary process and will eventually pass!

Cedar Lodge Dental

An Appointment Today!

Whether you need a Hays dentist to provide your children with routine dental exams and professional cleanings or are interested in implant dentistry to fill the gaps in your own smile, you can rest assured that we have the dental services you need to achieve and maintain your best possible smile! To schedule an appointment with us, please give our office a call at (785) 625-7369 or complete the Appointment Request form. We look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to our practice where we give our patients plenty of reasons to smile!