What Should Teething Look Like?

 In Family Dentistry, Teeth

Your Woodlands dentist recommends the first appointment for a baby be about six months after the first tooth comes in. Beginning these habits early will start your baby off on the right foot for a lifetime of good oral health.

Symptoms of Teething

By the time your child is 30 months or age, he or she will likely have grown in a full set of 20 teeth. But every time a tooth comes in, it may be uncomfortable for your baby. Your child may drool a lot more and be fussy for about a week — three to four days before the tooth actually breaks through the gum, then about three days after. You may also notice that your child wants to chew on things, and cold teething ring can be soothing.

Sometimes, babies get other symptoms while teething, like a runny nose or low fever. Teething itself doesn’t cause those symptoms, but they are associated with teething because they can sometimes happen around the same time. As the baby grows, germs may enter the mouth because the baby is more social as they get teeth. Babies are also more vulnerable to mild infections because their immune system is changing. If you have any concerns, you should discuss your concerns with your Woodlands dentist or your doctor.

Teething won’t cause a high fever, vomiting, diarrhea or excessive crying. If your child has those types of symptoms, you should talk to your pediatrician.

Give Your Child a Healthy Start

Make an appointment with Dr. Dernick when your child gets his or first teeth. You’ll get information about taking care of your baby’s teeth, and your child will get introduced to the dentist to feel comfortable coming back in a year to get a teeth cleaning.

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