Q&A Session: Teething

babyteethingWhen your typically smiley, happy baby suddenly becomes a fussy, seemingly uncomfortable frowner, you know something has changed. If common symptoms accompany this shift, your instincts that teething has begun are probably spot on. However, particularly if this is your first child, you may find that you have a long list of questions that you would love to have answered. Fortunately, we are ready to provide you with the information you seek. Keep in mind, if you have additional inquiries or simply feel uneasy, we are always happy to schedule a dental checkup for your child.

Questions and Answers About Teething

Question: When is it normal for my baby to start teething? I’m not sure if it should have already begun.

Answer: Six months of age is a common time for teething to begin. However, it is important to note that there is no particular “normal” – the age ranges from around three months to 12 months.

Question: My baby has been drooling during teething – is this normal? What’s a normal symptom and what isn’t?

Answer: Drooling is a completely normal symptom of teething. You may also look for common side effects, such as fussiness, a rash from the drooling, a baby who is uninterested in eating because of discomfort, and a tendency to bite down on just about anything as a way to relieve the discomfort associated with erupting teeth. If you feel unsure, schedule a dental checkup with us.

Question: Is there anything I can do to help my baby feel more comfortable?

Answer: Yes, your daily cleaning with a moist cloth will keep bacteria away and offer some pressure to alleviate pain. You may also provide your child with a teething ring. Gently removing drool frequently (and/or using a moisturizer on the affected area) may prevent a rash.