As a parent, there are many developmental milestones that you look forward to celebrating with your child. From their first steps to their first words, there are many events to anticipate as your child grows. Another milestone that many parents eagerly await is the appearance of their child’s first tooth. When that first pearly white pops through, many parents have questions, and in today’s blog, we’ll review a few of the more common ones.

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Teething 101

When your child cuts his or her first tooth, you’re likely to have a variety of questions about their new teeth and the process of them coming in. Below, we’ve answered a few of the most common questions we hear from parents.

When Will My Baby Get Teeth?

Believe it or not, when your child was born, he or she already had 20 primary teeth just below the gumline! Since children already have teeth in their mouth at birth, it seems more appropriate to discuss when those teeth will make their much-anticipated appearance. For most kids, teeth typically begin to poke out of the gums between six and 12 months. This can be a lengthy process and the teeth may seem to appear and disappear because of gum tissue inflammation. Most children have a full set of baby teeth by the time they are three years old.

What are Some Symptoms of Teething?

If you are a first time parent, you might find yourself wondering how you will know when your child has entered the teething phase. Seeing the tip of a tooth poking through your child’s gums is a good indicator that he or she will soon have a new tooth, but if inflammation prevents you from spotting the tooth, there are other symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased fussiness and irritability
  • Decreased appetite
  • Desire to gnaw on objects
  • Unusual sleep disruptions

If your child is between six and 12 months old and exhibits any (or all) of these symptoms without other plausible explanation, he or she may be working on a tooth!

How Can I Soothe My Baby’s Discomfort?

It can be challenging to see your child in pain, and for many parents, the symptoms of teething can be very distressing and produce a lot of anxiety. To help your child get some relief from the tender, swollen gums that come with teething, there are a couple of things you can try. Teething rings are great for the times your child wants to chew on something, or you can try massaging his or her gums with your finger, a moist gauze pad, or a small cold spoon. While it can be tempting to try numbing gels or teething tablets, the Food and Drug Administration recommends against these products because of the health and safety risk they pose to children.

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When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist?

If you’re like many parents, you might be curious about when you should take your child to see the dentist for the first time. If you choose to take your child to the dentist before he or she gets that first tooth in, the pediatric dentist can perform an oral exam to make sure your child’s palate is developing correctly and that there are no issues with the soft tissues in the mouth. To prevent your child from developing any type of dental issues, it is recommended that he or she see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, or no later than his or her first birthday. From there on out, you child should have regular dental visits every six months, or as frequently as your dentist feels necessary.

Top Rated Local® Dentist in Seguin

When your child gets his or her first tooth, you want to take him or her to a fun, friendly, and reputable dentist to provide the best dental experience possible. To make an appointment for your child’s first exam with a well-qualified children’s dentist in Seguin, call Alligator Dental! We’d be happy to schedule your child’s exam and answer any questions you have. We look forward to speaking with you!