Ahhhh, life with a baby. Is there any sweeter time? Snuggling, gurgling, rolling and playing. And then there’s baby tooth eruption.
When those tiny chompers start to push through, little angels can turn into little monsters. Discomfort and the strange feeling of sharp new chewing tools can be upsetting for your baby. Many new parents are at a loss as to what to do and how to help.
Here are a few things that are useful to understand about baby teeth development.
What’s the timeline for baby teeth eruption?
Babies will all develop their teeth according to their own timelines. Some babies may not experience baby teeth eruption until they are a year old, while some may begin to sprout teeth as early as a few months old.
When teething time is approaching, you may notice that your baby begins to stick more things in his or her mouth. They may be crying and grizzling more than often and there may be the presence of more (a lot more) drool. You’ll learn to pick up on your baby’s teething signals as they mature, but prepare to be pretty confused initially!
How can I help my baby?
There are a number of ways that parents can help soothe the painful symptoms related to baby teeth eruption.
You can try:
- Using a numbing cream on the painful gums. Consult your dentist or pharmacist for appropriate brands.
- Employing the use of pain killers where age appropriate. Again, please consult your medical practitioner prior to suppling your child with medication.
- Letting your baby suck or chew on safe, soothing items such as:
- Frozen teething rings
- Cold fruit
- Safe plastic teething devices
- A cold, damp wash cloth.
Can baby teeth eruption go wrong?
On occasion, you may find that there appears to be a darkened area or spot on a recently erupted tooth. This can be for a variety of reasons but it will generally mean that bacteria have swarmed to the area of the eruption and this has resulted in the production of a very early cavity.
It is important that this be treated as soon as possible to prevent further problems during baby teeth eruption. Ensuring you book an appointment with an experienced, patient and gentle paediatric dentist will mean that your beautiful baby’s tiny teeth are in the safest of hands.
This is a guest contribution by Rob from Robert Duhig Dental, Brisbane.