The How To Of Baby Teething

The How To Of Baby Teething

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:

What are symptoms teething

  • Small bumps on the gums with some redness
  • Gums may be swollen
  • Baby may be fussy
  • Baby chews on fingers and puts everything in their mouth
  • Baby’s mouth and chin are always wet from drooling
  • Baby may have blue or black spots on the gums


When Can Baby’s Start Teething And What Can Be Done About It?

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.

Gnaw-ons For Teething

  • Frozen teething rings, pacifiers chilled in the fridge
  • A chilled seedless orange, cut into sections
  • A cold or frozen carrot, or cold celery (string less)
  • The core from fresh pineapple, cut into sections ( I say the core because it does not taste as strong as the rest of the fruit but it still has a bit of acidic flavor, just good enough for baby )
  • A frozen or cold bagel
  • A damp washcloth or pot holder that has been frozen and stored in a plastic bag
  • An ice cube, tied into a thin washcloth with a string
  • A toothbrush, especially a softly vibrating one

Teething and Dental Hygiene Later On

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!

The How To Of Baby Teething Basically Means

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.ย What are some ways that you are alleviating discomfort for your child? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for this informative article, as a father I know what its means for a baby that is teething, especially the troubling type, mostly gives parents sleepless night. I’m so delighted to learn more from your article.

We will adopt some of your measures to see the difference, I have always said no knowledge is wasted, this is another one that will be imparted to the up coming generations, it will really be of help.

Anyway, I have been so blessed by this article…. Keep up the good work!

Having a teething baby is hard for any parent. It’s hard to see your baby uncomfortable and in pain. I hope some of these methods are helpful to you and your little one. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. 

I did not know that Orajel and other mouth pain gels were linked to heart failure in some infant deaths – important information – thank you. Also good to know that baby can have tooth decay and cavities early on so it is best to start brushing the baby teeth early on. I have heard that it is a good thing if your baby is a late teether as then the baby teeth will last longer and so the permanent teeth will last longer into adult life.

Great and very useful post. My 11-month-old son has already 10 teeth and 2 more coming soon as the gums are swollen and he is very nervous these days. Everybody says that’s incredible LOL. He is biting everything that’s around him, even me ☺. We used to give him teething mitten its really great solution 

thank you for sharing great info ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry that you are getting bitten! Try putting his teething things in the freezer and letting him gnaw on them while they are cold.

Hey Sophia, great post. I like reading your post because I feel like I always learn something new and since my wife is talking about another baby then it will definitely come in handy. Teething is always a touchy issue for not just babies but the parents as well; when my son was teething, he had a teething ring but I can’t for the life of me find it because I wanted to use it for my second; your post is excellent and I’m going to bookmark it so I can use it for later. Great job!

Thank you so much for all these great tips and tricks for teething! I will definitely be trying these out once my little girl starts teething here soon. What would you recommend as the teething trick that helped you out the most?

Its really hard to keep your baby from putting things in their mouth, especially when they are teething because they just want to relieve the pain! And that can be very yucky in terms of catching germs, etc. You want to keep your little on occupied when they are teething by having LOTs of teething rings and toys meant for gnawing, also you can freeze a large carrot, or banana, make sure its large enough that they can’t swallow it by just chew it instead….but that should really alleviate the pain and prevent your little one from picking up some random – whatever, from the floor and putting it in their mouth – yuck!

Thanks for your reassuring article, its so hard to know what to do when they are crying constantly with no relief. Uuuuugggghhh and the sleepless nights. You really just have to snuggle up with them and let them know you are there for them while they get through it, dont you?! Those cookie teethers look great, might have to get one for my little one.

Aww you are welcome! And yes snuggling and kisses are the best ways to let your little one know that they are cared for. If the teething is really, really bad you can ask you pediatrician how much Tylenol you can give your baby ( approximate dosages are determined by your doctor by your baby’s most recent weight check )

Great and informative posts.
I must admit the Ge’s work well, but I’m keen to stay away from any kind of medical intervention. We’ve had great luck with the chilled down silicone teethers. But I must admit the cookie ones are my next purchase!

Thanks for sharing Sophia, and H ito Oli!

Hi Sophia,
I love your articles! You have so much great advice here but the part that helped us the most is the teething.
I didnt know what to do. My baby is drooling, so restless and upset, I didnt know what to do. So, I did what you said in your article. I froze a pot holder, like you said and it worked! Now I freeze all her teethers. I even froze her bib. I helped alot.
Thank you so much. I am glad I found your page.
New Mom

Hi New Mom,

Thank you, I am really happy you find some useful information here. I want to give all new parents answers to all their baby problems. While the main focus of this website is about Baby Sleep, I cover all aspects of baby care and answer all common baby questions and concerns. I also learn from my readers about other great tips to try. Such as putting a bib in the freezer! Never considered that one! But that sounds like a really great idea because my son likes to chew up his bibs anyway!

Thank you for your comment and for coming by ๐Ÿ™‚

Such a great post. I have two kids under 3 and they both started teething at different times. My son didn’t have a tooth in his head until he was 13 months and he sailed through it all. My daughter got her first teeth at 6 months however and she is only 13 months now and has 8 teeth. She has really suffered and I don’t know what I would do without teethers. The nubby soothing teething mitten has been a big hit. I also use Teething powders such as nelson’s or Ashton and parsons and they really help too.

Hey Vicki! I can’t believe your son didn’t get any teeth until 13 months, man that must have been really tough because he must have just suddenly started getting teeth all at once – OUCH poor baby! ๐Ÿ™

And you know what? Until you said something here I have never heard about Teething powders? I am going to have to do a google search on that because the only teething “balm” I knew of was Orajel and my doctor told me some really scary things about putting Orajel on your baby’s teeth ( don’t do it! ) how does teething powder work? Does it become a paste? Is it all natural? What is it made of? I am going to have to look into that one.


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