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I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.


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Comforting Your Teething Baby

Harper Hughes

Teething is a normal part of growing up, but your baby may experience discomfort during it. While you can't stop the teething process, you can do something to ease the pain and discomfort with the help of your family dentist. Here are some things to know about the teething process and tips to help your baby get through it.

What Is Teething?

Teething is when your baby's first tooth begins to break through. Your baby was born with their primary teeth fully formed but not broken through. The first teeth to break through are usually the lower central incisors at about six months old.

What Can Parents Expect From Teething Babies?

Teething babies show several signs that they have started the teething process. Some babies may show different or milder signs. Below is a list of common things teething babies may have or do. None of these things should cause concern and usually pass on their own. Your baby may experience:

  • A mild-grade fever
  • Fussiness/crankiness.
  • Drooling
  • A desire to chew on hard objects
  • Increased desire to tough their faces and mouth
  • Changes in their eating and sleeping habits
  • Swollen and red gums

How Can Parents Help a Teething Baby?

Keeping your baby comfortable will help you and your baby get through the process. Here are some ways you can help. Most of these techniques don't involve medications.

  • Massage your baby's gums
  • Give them a safe teething toy
  • Offer chilled (but not frozen) fruits
  • Wipe your baby's gums with a cold cloth

As a last resort, you can turn to over-the-counter teething medications. However, be careful with any medications. Ask your pediatrician for advice in that case. Most babies should get through teething without them.

How Can a Family Dentist Help With Baby Teeth?

Your family dentist can advise you on soothing your teething baby if all other options fail. If your child's tooth looks like it is coming in deformed or severely crooked, see the dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will check to make sure the rest of the teeth are unaffected and coming in normally.

Teething is a normal process. Most children get through it just fine. Not long after the process starts, you should start to see the first tooth come in. When that happens, contact your family dentist for advice. Your child should have their first visit within six months of the first tooth erupting. However, see a dentist sooner if your child seems to have unusual discomfort.