Teething is when your baby’s first set of teeth, known as primary teeth begin to make their entrance and break through the gums. This process usually occurs between 6 months and 12 months of age, but the symptoms of teething can appear a couple of months before the tooth does. By 3 years old, all 20 primary teeth will have grown in. Bottom teeth make their way in first and are followed by the front teeth up to 2 months later.
Symptoms of teething:
Drooling: this is very common and you may be surprised how much fluid there can come from your baby. Use a bib to make your baby more clean and comfortable to avoid them drooling all over their clothing. Make sure to wipe the drool off babies chin gently to avoid rashes, and use a mild moisturizer to keep the skin from getting chafed from the wiping.
Gnawing: babies will start to bite down on their fingers, or toys to help relieve any pressure they feel in their gums. You can help by using a cold teething ring and rub gently on their gums in 2 minute intervals.
Crying: some babies are very fussy during the teething phase because their gums are sore and swollen so they may cry a little more than usual. Do not give your baby any type of pain reliever unless your doctor approves.
During teething time provide your baby with safe objects such as:
- A spoon that has been chilled in the fridge – only when no teeth are presented
- A wet washcloth
- Teething jewellery for moms (Amber teething necklace)
- Rubber teething toys
- Silicone teethers (BPA, PVC and latex-free) can be chilled for relief
- Cold fruit inside a mesh feeder
- Sippy cup with cool water inside
The Canadian Dental Association does not recommend using teething remeides such as gels that go on the babies gums. Your baby may swallow it.
A visit to the dentist should happen within the first 6 months of babies tooth coming in but no later than their first birthday. Regular dental visits are important not only for the maintenance of healthy teeth but to ensure your child’s teeth are growing in properly. It is a good idea to get your child used to the idea of the dentist early on so they do not dread the dentist as they grow up.