Teething for Children

young child playing with her mother's phone in the Tucson dental officeA baby is born without teeth and the new set of teeth begin teething at about 6 months. The teething process can be an experience not so comfortable for your child. Teething with children is not a comfortable experience there is sore gums, temperature increase, excessive drooling, or chewing of objects. Make a dental visit when you notice that your child is experiencing any of these symptoms.

The Best Way of Soothing Gums

Teething is uncomfortable for small children, it is important to see the dentist so that the dentist will give some medication for soothing the gum-like ibuprofen. You can also rub the gums of your baby using wet gauze so that the discomfort is on the low. A wet item like a spoon can help soothe the gum avoid dipping it into a sugary substance to avoid cavities. This will soothe those gums and you will have a less stressful time with the baby.

Cleaning the Gums

Since the baby does not have teeth, brushing is not applicable, wipe the gums of the baby at least twice daily after feeding. Wiping of the gum is to keep away food particles and debris from building up in the baby’s mouth and prevent gum disease. When the first teeth appear use a soft toothbrush to clean the teeth at least twice daily. The child doesn’t know how to spit so use a small rice size fluoride to clean the teeth. As the child grows increase the size of fluoride toothpaste.

Our dentist will guide you on how to take care of a baby’s gum so that they do not get too much trouble when teething and also ensure that the dental hygiene of the baby is optimum.