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New Parents Get Teething Help From Joe D. Arbutante and Team

Teething.As your family dentist in and around Spring Lake, MI, it’s our goal at Arbutante Dental to provide patients of all ages with unparalleled dental care. We’re glad to offer a wide array of general dentistry treatments that will help a number of different dental conditions. One such condition that we’re able to help with – though it generally goes away on its own – is teething, a problem that’s common for most babies.

What is Teething?

Teething is the process of the primary (baby) teeth emerging from the gums so that they’re visible. Right before these primary teeth come in, a baby will likely become irritable and experience some discomfort, which you may need to tend to. This will continue until all of the baby’s teeth have finally erupted, which should happen by the age of three.

Teething Symptoms

 Kids mouth anatomy.

It will take up to four days for a tooth to break through the gums. During this time, a baby will often experience discomfort and show signs to let the parents know that this process is occurring. Some of the most common symptoms of teething include:

  • Biting
  • Drooling
  • A chin rash
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Smaller appetite
  • Rubbing of the ears

In addition to these common symptoms, it’s also possible for babies to develop eruption cysts. Eruption cysts are small pockets of fluid that form over the gums before the tooth erupts. No special treatment will be needed to treat this cyst – it will likely pop on its own as the tooth comes in.

It’s also important to note that every baby is different. Some won’t show any signs of discomfort while others may be inconsolable. Still, it’s useful to familiarize yourself with the signs of teething as well as the ways to soothe any pain.

How to Soothe Your Teething Baby

If your baby is uncomfortable during the teething process, there are several things that you can do to relieve the pain or pressure. One of the most effective treatments is to apply a cold item to the area where your baby is experiencing teething pain. This can be done with:

  • A cold, wet cloth
  • A chilled pacifier
  • A chilled teething ring

If you’re going to chill a pacifier or a teething ring, you should use the refrigerator. By putting them in the freezer, you risk freezing the items, which can actually burn an infant’s mouth. Also, if you feel like you need to give your baby some over-the-counter medication to soothe any pain, please consult your pharmacist or pediatrician first.

Contact Your Spring Lake, MI Pediatric Dentist Today!

If you have any further questions about teething or taking care of your baby’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As your Spring Lake, MI family dentist, we’ll be glad to help you in any way we can. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, you can give us a call at (616) 842-0090. We look forward to hearing from you!

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