Teething is new teeth working their way through the gums. Most babies start developing teeth around 4 to 6 months old. On the rare occasion there will be a baby who was born with a tooth already showing but in the most part, babies begin teething around 4 months and can go on all the way until baby is 2 or 3 years old! So you are going to be dealing with teething all throughout the first few years of your baby’s life. The How To Of Baby Teething Includes:
While all babies are different, usually it starts out with the front two teeth ( called the central incisors ) , and it’s either the top or the bottom usually appear first, then followed by the opposite front teeth. Then after that come the first molars, followed by the canines or “eyeteeth.”
The timing in which your baby will start to develop their first teeth will vary. If your baby isn’t developing teeth until later than this age do not worry. If you are wondering when can baby start teething, to be honest the timing may depend on your baby’s heredity, or genetics. Regardless of when it starts doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your little one.
Teething causes irritability, crying, crankiness, excessive drooling, an urge to chew things and put things in mouth and sometimes it actually starts a low-grade fever ( but never over 101 Fahrenheit or 38.3 Celsius ) More than likely your baby’s gums around the new teeth will be swollen and very tender.
To ease the discomfort, try to rub or massage your baby’s gums with one finger, if you can. You can give your baby Tylenol but first ask your pediatrician what the proper dosage is for your baby’s weight. Teething rings are really great too, especially when you put them in the fridge for just a little while ( do not put any type of teether in the freezer and then offer it to baby, it will do more harm than good )
Do not use pain gel meant to rub on the gums such as Orajel. There has been a massive recall because Orajel and similar medicines have been linked to heart failure in some infant deaths. So be warned okay!
So how should you clean your baby’s new teeth? You can simply brush them with a super soft baby toothbrush or wipe with a soft brand new cloth towel only meant for wiping baby’s gums. I strongly recommend you get a special tooth brush for baby though. They are not that expensive. Do not use any sort of toothpaste unless it is specifically marketed for babies.
It is suggested by professionals and experienced parents to never let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, either at bedtime or during a nap in the day, You see the idea around this is that it you want to avoid having milk pool around your baby’s teeth as they sleep which basically creates a breeding ground for decay.
So by the time your baby is two years old, they should have all their primary (or baby) teeth. This includes the second molars, which usually come out between twenty and thirty months. Your baby’s secondary teeth (or permanent) teeth probably won’t start coming in until they are six or seven, but it is also very normal if they come before or after this time.
During this period of “teething” your child will experience signs and symptoms including a stomach ache, irritability, a mild fever etc. Some kids will respond by chewing on objects. Therefore, it’s a good idea that all teething rings and other objects that your handled by your child should be clean and sanitary. You are thereby reducing any chance of getting an infection. Germs are everywhere!
You probably didn’t know this, but the number one problem of preschoolers is tooth decay! Yup! Approximately one out of every ten two-year-olds already have either one or more cavities; by age three, 30% of kids do; by age give 50% do! Can you believe that? A lot of parents are really ignorant in believing that cavities in baby teeth won’t matter because they’ll be lost anyway. But that is so not true. Dental decay in baby teeth will negatively affect permanent teeth and it will definitely lead to future dental problems.
The best way to protect your child’s teeth is by teaching him good dental habits. With the right coaching, he will be able to quickly adopt good oral hygiene as part as his daily routine. However, even though he will be a very enthusiastic participant when it comes to brushing his teeth, he won’t yet have the concentration or control to brush his teeth all by himself. You are going to have to supervise to make sure that the toothbrush removes all the plaque in his mouth. Also, keep an eye out for areas in your child’s mouth that are brown or white which means that there are signs of early decay.
By the time your child is two years old you should be helping them brush their teeth twice a day. Use a soft bristle child-sized toothbrush. By this age you can start using a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste, but you can also use toothpaste specifically marketed for toddlers. Also, try to teach your child NOT to swallow the toothpaste, although at this age it is often to hard for them to remember to learn how to rinse and spit. Be patient.
You might hear all kinds of advice about whether the best way to brush is moving up and down or back and forth, or around in little circles. But the truth is the way you brush doesn’t matter. What is important is that you clean all your teeth, front, bottom, sides, everything – just get everything clean. This can cause resistance in your child who will most likely want to just concentrate on only the front teeth that they can see. You can solve this problem by turning it into a game called “Find the missing teeth”
A child can’t brush his teeth without assistance until he is a lot older – around six to eight ears old. So make sure to supervise and do the actual brushing if it is necessary.
I hope this answered your question, “What is the how to of baby teething?” How are you holding up with your little one’s teething? Is your little one having a bad time with the teething pain or do you find that you can’t even tell if your child is having tooth pain or not. What are some ways that you are alleviating discomfort for your child? Let me know in the comments below!