What Is Teething?

Teething is the process where a child’s primary (baby) teeth emerge through his or her gums and become visible. This typically occurs somewhere between six and nine months of age, though in many cases it can happen a few months earlier or later. The front teeth are usually the first to emerge and by the age of three, all 20 teeth should have erupted.

Signs of Teething

Some of the signs that show that your child is teething include:

  • Biting and gnawing
  • Swollen gums
  • Drooling
  • Chin rashes
  • Irritability
  • Ear rubbing
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Decreased appetite

These signs will likely show up somewhere around four days before the tooth breaks through the gums and will last until about three days after the tooth appears.

What to Do About Teething

The best way to relieve any discomfort for your baby is by soothing his or her gums by applying pressure with a cold object. Your Atlanta pediatric dentist recommends using:

  • Chilled teething rings
  • Chilled pacifiers
  • Cold, wet washcloths

Just be sure not to freeze the teething ring or pacifier as it can burn if left in your baby’s mouth for too long. Over-the-counter medication can be helpful, but make sure that you check with your pediatrician or pharmacist to make sure that you have the correct dosage. Also, please avoid rubbing them on the gums because they can burn. Finally, numbing agents shouldn’t be used on babies under the age of two unless you’re directed to do so by a physician.

Contact Elite Smiles Chastain Pediatric Dentistry, Your Atlanta and Chastain Park Pediatric Dentist

If you have any questions or concerns about teething, feel free to contact us and let us know. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist in Atlanta and Chastain Park, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping your child through the teething process!

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