A parent’s guide to teething

    A baby’s toothless smile is a loveable and endearing trait, which eventually has to erupt in a toothy grin. The first set of teeth that emerge by pushing upward and breaking through the gums are called the primary teeth, which give rise to teething. While this set of teeth push upward, the hard tooth presses against the tender gums and break the skin due to the pressure. This amounting pressure translates into pain and discomfort in your little angel’s sensitive mouth. Parents, particularly the new ones, may panic and wonder why their child is in so much pain. It is essential to keep in mind that an infant starts teething approximately around 4-7 months after birth.

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We at DentoXpert believe that it is extremely necessary for parents to understand how best they can help their babies during this time and try to avoid age-old common mistakes.

Signs of teething

Some parents feel that there are no warning signs that their baby is teething because it starts off so suddenly. One day there’s pink gums and the next day they are topped with tiny little white teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t true in every case as there are numerous tell-tale signs to indicate your baby is teething.

  1. Drooling: One of the most evident and common symptoms of teething in babies is drooling especially when the child suddenly produce an excess saliva.
  2. Gum rubbing: When teeth try to erupt through the soft, tender gums, they cause immense pain to the little one. When you see your baby rubbing their gums, check to see if there is visible bulging, indicating a likely erupting tooth.
  3. Irritability: When your little one experiences discomfort or pain, they showcase it by becoming irritable. This is a major indicative sign of teething.
  4. No sleep: When in pain, it is understandable as to why the child is having difficulty sleeping. While this disrupts the day’s activities, parents needn’t worry too much as the pain will subside once the tooth has emerged.
  5. Ear rubbing: Grabbing the ears or rubbing them has been associated with teething. This is a common reaction to the pain and the discomfort faced while teething. However, check to see if this isn’t an ear infection.

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  1. Excessive chewing, sucking or biting: Babies try to alleviate discomfort during teething by overly sucking, biting or chewing.

Caring for your baby, cleaning the tiny teeth

It is essential for oral care to begin in infancy, even before teething. Start by wiping the baby’s gums with a sterilised washcloth during bath time. When the first pearly whites start to appear, brush them gently twice a day using a soft, baby designed toothbrush. Use a grain-sized amount of toothpaste and brush gently on the outside and inside of the tooth/teeth. Since you are using very little toothpaste, there’s no necessity to rinse the mouth. Getting your baby used to this routine will ensure that he/she is conscious about dental care as they grow older.

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Last updated on 13 August, 2018.

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