When Does Teething Stop?January 28, 2021 10:57 pm
There is a transition period when your baby will go from rocking an adorable, gummy smile to having baby teeth erupt through their gumline. Teething is when a baby’s primary (baby) teeth gradually come to the surface. Here’s what you need to know about teething and how to soothe your teething baby!
On average, teething begins between six to twelve months of age. Most babies will get their lower central incisors first. These teeth are on the bottom in the middle. The last teeth to emerge are the second molars in the back of the mouth. By the time your child is three years old, they should have a full mouth of 20 baby teeth.
Every child’s development is different. Our team is here to help you feel informed and confident that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy. Whether or not your child has a tooth by their first birthday, we recommend reaching out to Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry to schedule their first checkup.
Signs Your Baby Is Teething
Teething will be an uncomfortable experience for your child as their teeth push to the surface. Oftentimes, their gums will be tender and look abnormally red. If your child is drooling more, appears to experience pain when chewing, has swollen gums, and is more fussy than usual, they are likely teething.
Tips for Soothing a Teething Baby
Here are some tips to ease your child’s discomfort:
- Give them a chilled teething ring to chew on
- Massage their irritated gums with clean fingers or a cool washcloth
- Offer chilled fruit in a mesh or silicone feeder once cleared for solid foods by their pediatrician
- Provide lots of snuggles!
Purpose of Baby Teeth
Even though baby teeth are only with your child for a short period of time, they play crucial roles in their oral health and development! For example, baby teeth allow your child to learn how to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. They also act as placeholders for your child’s underlying permanent teeth.
How to Care for Baby Teeth
As soon as your child’s primary teeth come to the surface, begin brushing to prevent tooth decay and cavities. And when at least two teeth are touching, start flossing every day.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Schedule your child’s first dental appointment by their first birthday. At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to help each and every patient have a positive experience at our office. We also do all we can to help parents have the knowledge and information they need to care for their child’s smile until they are able to brush and floss independently.
Contact us today with any questions about teething or to schedule your child’s checkup at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry in Kerrville, TX!
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