What Do You Know about Teething?

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Are you aware that teething is a perfectly natural event in the life of most young children? If your child is blessed with a wonderful smile, it is only a matter of time before their first set of teeth will appear. By the time a child is six years old, their first teeth will begin to break the surface of the gums in a process referred to as tooth eruption. Unfortunately, tooth eruption may cause your child minor pains and discomforts as the process plays itself out, which is known as teething. Luckily, there are plenty of teething tricks to help any young child’s smile.

Never use your finger to rub a child’s gums unless you are sure it has been sanitized. A dirty finger can contaminate a child’s mouth and put them at an increased risk for several oral ailments and new bacteria. Other treatment methods include placing substances on their gums such as gauze pads, cold spoons, and teething rings. Avoid the use of teething tablets for children under two, unless directly provided by or suggested at the advice of their pediatrician.

Although teething is normal, it should be treated as soon as it is spotted. Be sure to look for additional teeth in your child’s mouth, as well as changes in their character. If your child is abnormally drooling or sleeping at odd hours, they may be teething. Other symptoms include changes in fussiness and appetite. If you child begins suffering from harsh symptoms including a rash or fever, consult their pediatrician at our office.

If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a glorious smile with pediatric care, set an appointment with Smile Wright Dental at our dentist office in Springfield, Ohio. Dr. Amber N. Wright and the rest of our team can be reached at 937-322-5437. A better smile is your first step to a brighter, healthier lifestyle that can improve your life for many years to come.