Teething can be a stressful time for parents and babies alike. As brand new baby teeth break through your child’s gums for the first time, it may cause some discomfort. Being prepared and knowing how to deal with the symptoms of teething can help you get through the process smoothly.
To assist you, we’ve put together a quick guide to teething, including the signs and symptoms of teething, how to minimise your child’s discomfort, and the best way to care for your baby’s teeth and gums so they grow healthy and strong.
Teething is when a baby’s new teeth break through the gums.
Teething generally starts between the ages of four and ten months. All twenty baby teeth, ten in each jaw, are usually in place by the age of two or three years. However, teething doesn’t occur at the same time for all babies.
As teething can be uncomfortable for some babies, they may become upset and bad-tempered during the teething period.
Here are some of the common signs and symptoms that your baby may be experiencing teething:
You may also notice a blue-grey bubble on the gum where the tooth is about to appear. This is not a cause for concern - it’s called an eruption cyst and will usually disappear on its own without treatment.
The teething process for each tooth usually takes around eight days in total. This includes four days prior to the tooth breaking through the gum and another three days after.
Here are some things you can try to ease the discomfort of teething for your child:
Teething necklaces should be avoided as they pose a choking and strangulation hazard for children.
If you’re concerned about persistent teething pain or sleepless nights resulting from teething, talk to your pharmacist, GP or child health nurse.
Taking care of your baby’s gums and new teeth is important to ensure good oral health from an early age.
If you need advice on caring for your baby’s teeth or have concerns about teething, chat to your North Shore Dentistry practitioner.