Teething is a big part of a young child’s development. Watching your child grow up is something very special. “No parent likes to see their child in any pain or discomfort,” says Dr. Maryam Adibfar, a Toronto dentist who has been helping children and parents alike with their oral health. “That’s why the teething phase can be especially difficult.”
They say that when it comes to kids, you can’t expect anything. But that’s not entirely true when you think about their oral health. There are certain things you can expect and prepare for to make teething a bit easier on you and your baby.
Teething: What to Expect
As a parent, you can tend to expect your baby to enter the teething phase around 6 months old. This is typically when the lower incisors start to make an appearance. This is then followed by the upper incisors, lateral incisors, molars and canines. This is an exciting time because it’s a big step in your child’s life. The tough thing about this phase is that your baby will likely be in some discomfort.
Here are some things to watch out for when you notice your baby is teething:
- They begin chewing on hard objects
- They have tender gums
- They are drooling more than usual
- They be fussier or not as happy
What You Can Do to Help
Teething is almost a rite of passage. It signals a big milestone in your baby’s development. While you may feel helpless, there are things you can do to help. “No, you can’t control your baby’s teething experience, but there are certain things you can do to help make it more comfortable for them,” explains Dr. Adibfar.
Here are some things you might want to try as you look for ways to make teething as enjoyable as possible for you and your baby.
1. Teething toys are great choices to help soothe your baby. A firm rubber ring or another teething device filled with liquid can make a big difference.
2. Try relieving some of that discomfort by applying gentle pressure on their gums. Take a clean, moist cloth or towel and press down on their gums at certain points throughout the day when your baby is experiencing pain.
3. A bottle with cool water can also help reduce the amount of discomfort your child is going through. Try to avoid milk, juice or formula as the sugar content can damage their very sensitive teeth.
4. With the increase in drool comes a potential for increased skin irritation. Keep a soft, clean towel or cloth on hand to keep everyone involved as dry as possible.
Your Not Alone in the Teething Phase
As a Toronto dentist, we’re here to help you as your baby develops. As your baby begins to get their teeth, you should be thinking of scheduling an appointment with our office. It’s often suggested that your child sees a dentist within the first 6 months of the first tooth coming in. During this check-up, we’ll do a thorough review and help you create a strong oral healthcare regime for your baby.
If your child is getting their teeth, contact us today to book their first appointment. We look forward to helping them have beautiful, healthy teeth for decades to come.