How to Get Through the Process
Your not so new born baby is starting to get teeth and you probably have a lot of questions. Today we are going to try and answer some of those questions for you. As a pediatric dentist in Medford Oregon we are a family friendly office and as such we see many babies in our office. The AAPD recommends that you establish a dental home for your child within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth. At Bear Creek Pediatric Dentistry we start seeing kids at age one!
Teething can be a painful process for both baby and parent. Watching your baby deal with pain and discomfort can be hard not to mention the sleepless nights that can come with teething.
When to Expect Teeth
When a baby gets its first tooth is completely unpredictable. Many babies get their first tooth around 6 months. Even if your child does not have any teeth at 1 year there is no reason to be concerned. Many babies also start getting teeth earlier than 6 months and in some rare but normal instances babies are born with their first tooth already in place.
What to Expect
The first tooth to erupt from the gum is the lower front incisor. The front upper and lower teeth are next to arrive. Anytime after a year you can expect your baby to get their first molars. If you are concerned about your babies teeth development come in to our office and consult with us, chances are you are just a concerned parent with normal worries!
How to Relieve Teething Discomfort
There are a few things that you can do to relieve the pain that your baby might be experiencing as they begin to teeth. One easy solution that often works is to us cold teething rings or some other safe cold item that can be placed directly on the gums where the tooth is emerging.
Another solution to your babies teething pains is to use Baby Orangel. This paste should be applied in small amount directly on the gum where the tooth is erupting. This past works fast to numb the area around the tooth for temporary relief. In small dosages this paste will not have serious side effects and will really help relieve discomfort.
If your child has a minor fever then you may consider using a small dosage of Tylenol. But it is important to note that fevers are not always a direct result of teething. If your baby has a fever while teething that is over 100 degrees then it is probable that the fever is being caused by something else and you may want to get it checked out by a pediatrician. Having a fever in the high 90s is common when teething and these fevers can be treated with small amounts of Tylenol.
Teething can be a long process but as you know what to expect the process can be less stressful. Every baby is different so don’t compare your baby with another because oral development varies greatly. But for any questions you do have about your babies mouth come visit out family friendly dentist office in Medford Oregon!