I have seen a lot of infants/toddlers with teething necklaces at Alligator Dental.  I would like to share some thoughts about this…

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning discouraging the use of teething necklaces and bracelets due to risk of injury to the child.  Parents are also being urged to avoid over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine, including Orajel and Anbesol.  Many parents have heard these products are ineffective as they wash off within minutes, however, parents may not know there is evidence linking benzocaine to a dangerous and potentially fatal blood condition.  Definitely not worth the risk!  Click here to read more on these warnings from the FDA.

No necklaces or gels?  What is a parent to do to soothe those sweet, sore little gums?

Currently the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to use the following methods to help ease teething pain:

  • Teething rings made of firm rubber – avoid rings filled with water or other liquid that can tear
  • Cool wet washcloth or finger to rub gums
  • If child is eating solids offer cool, soft foods like applesauce or yogurt
  • If a bottle seems to help offer only cool water as other liquids can increase risk of tooth decay

This is a tough time for kids and parents!  We wish you the best as you seek for a safe solution for your child.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the doctors at Alligator Dental!

Dr. Poonam Shah