There’s nothing cuter than your baby’s toothy grin. Unfortunately for most parents, the appearance of those adorable baby teeth typically coincides with an increase in your baby’s irritability or fussiness. Whether you’re a soon-to-be parent, a new parent, an experienced parent, or somebody lucky enough to spend time around babies, you can benefit from this short guide to teething.
When do babies start teething? How will I know?
Babies’ teeth typically begin to erupt, or show through the gums, when they’re between 4 and 7 months old, however, early developers and late bloomers could sprout their first teeth before or after that age range. Babies’ teeth typically erupt in a certain order: bottom two middle teeth, followed by top two middle teeth, followed by side and back teeth. Usually, a child will have grown a full set of baby teeth by their 3rd birthday… only to lose the set of teeth beginning around their 6th birthday.
Unless you’re one of the few parents whose baby doesn’t seem to be bothered by teething, it will, most likely, be fairly obvious to you that your baby is growing their first teeth. Teething babies may experience the following common symptoms:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Swollen gums
- Loss of appetite
I can’t bear to see my baby so uncomfortable! What can I do to ease the teething process?
Seeing your baby in such discomfort can be heart-wrenching for parents; fortunately, there are ways to ease teething symptoms:
- Give your baby something cold to chew on; pop a teething ring or pacifier in the refrigerator before giving it to your baby to lessen their discomfort
- If they’re old enough to eat solids, give your baby cold foods like fruit or yogurt
- Gently rub your finger over your baby’s gums
If the above common methods don’t ease your baby’s discomfort, you can contact your baby’s doctor regarding infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Now that my baby has teeth, should I bring him or her to the dentist?
Yes! We recommend your baby’s first visit to the dentist take place within 6 months of their first tooth, but no later than their first birthday. Learn more about your baby’s oral health and what to expect during their first visit to the dentist here. As always, don’t hesitate to contact Madison Family Dental with any questions related to your baby’s teeth!