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San Jose Dentist Offers Tips for Your Child’s Teething

Posted Aug 07 2012 9:00pm

The teething process can be as grating on the nerves of a parent as it can be irritating to the baby whose teeth are coming in. Most of us probably do not remember our own teething processes, but the thought of your first set of teeth erupting from your gums leaves little wonder why your baby would be irritable. Silicon Valley dentist Dr. Randall LaFrom offers important information you should know about your child’s teething period.

Typically, your child’s first tooth will begin trying to erupt between the ages of four and seven months, though some children may begin as early as three months. In rare cases, a primary tooth will erupt within the first few weeks of life. Some babies are even born with one or two teeth already in place. If the premature tooth does not interfere with feeding, and it is not loose enough to pose a choking hazard, than there is no cause for concern. No matter how early they appear, you should brush the tooth or teeth with a soft, infant-sized toothbrush and water to keep it clean and healthy.

Some babies feel no discomfort throughout the entire teething process. Some may be irritable for brief periods of time and some may be cranky for weeks. Teething can be uncomfortable, but if your child seems overly irritable, or irritable for an unusually long time, you should consult your doctor. Red and swollen gums can raise your child’s temperature slightly, but teething does not cause fever or diarrhea. If your child develops these symptoms during the teething process, there is likely another reason and you should call your doctor immediately.

As teeth emerge, your child may drool more and have an increased impulse to chew on things. Wipe your baby’s mouth and face with a cloth to remove the drool and help prevent a rash from forming. Give your baby something to chew on that is big enough not to swallow and won’t break into smaller pieces. Wet a washcloth and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.  Be sure to wash the cloth after every use. Teething rings are another great teething aid, but avoid liquid-filled ones that could potentially leak and poison your child. Rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger can also help ease their discomfort.

To learn more about caring for your child during the teething process, or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. LaFrom at our Cupertino dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.


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