When you’re looking for a pediatric orthodontist or dentist in or around Omaha, NE, we at Pedodontics, P.C. are here to provide all - inclusive dental and orthodontic care for your child throughout his or her entire childhood. While a child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should be at about the age of one, there’s actually a common oral problem that occurs to babies before that age - teething. We’d like to tell you more about teething and give you some ways to help relieve any discomfort from it.
What Is Teething?
Teething is the process where the primary (baby) teeth push through the gums and become visible. This will typically start around six to nine months of age, although in some cases, it can start as early as three months or as late as one year. During the teething process, the lower front teeth will usually emerge first, followed by the upper front teeth. For most children, all of the 20 primary teeth will appear by the age of three (View Tooth Eruption Chart).
The Signs of Teething
Some of the most common signs that your baby is teething will include the following:
- Biting and gnawing
- Chin rash
- Decreased appetite
- Disrupted sleep patterns
You’ll be most likely to notice these signs somewhere from between four days before the tooth breaks through the gums to three days after the tooth has first appeared.
How to Treat Teething
If your baby is suffering from teething, it’s best to apply pressure by placing a cold object on the baby’s gums. You can do this with:
- Wet, cold washcloths
- Chilled teething rings
- Chilled pacifiers
It’s important for us to note that you should make sure not to freeze the teething ring or pacifier beforehand. This could end up burning your baby’s mouth if pressure from a frozen object is applied for too long.
Contact Your Omaha Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist!
If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We at Pedodontics, P.C. are glad to help you in any way that we can. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, you can give us a call at (402) 330-5913. We can’t wait to hear from you!