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Infant teething, sucking on a teething ring under a blanket for teething at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry.At Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s oral health is our number one priority, especially if you have a newborn. Good oral health starts as early as infancy. Although newborns usually have no visible teeth, most have at least a partially developed set of baby, or primary teeth that will begin to develop around six months. By the age of three, most children will have a full set of primary teeth.

The eruption of primary teeth, also known as teething, often causes the child discomfort, and many new parents often do not know what to do. As your pediatric dentist, we are committed to offering you helpful advice that will benefit your child during the teething process.

What to Expect

Teething most often occurs between the ages of six and nine months. During this time, the lower two front teeth are usually the first to erupt, followed by the upper two front teeth. For some infants, this can be a painful and uncomfortable process. For others, it can be quite painless.

Once the teeth begin to erupt, be sure to brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for young babies. The small size of the brush head will help you properly reach all the surface areas of their new teeth. Toothpaste is not recommended until the age of two. In the meantime, you can use a bit of water to prevent decay. Never let your child swallow toothpaste. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings are also an important part of your child’s oral health. We recommend a visit by their first birthday, or by the time their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first.

What to Look For

Understanding the signs and symptoms associated with teething can help you care for the situation. If your child experiences pain, they may become fussy, sleepless, and irritable. Other symptoms include:
•  Lack of appetite
•  Excessive drooling
•  Swollen gums
•  A rash on the chin due to excessive drooling
•  Rubbing their ears

As a tooth erupts, a cyst may develop. In most cases, the tooth will eventually rupture the cyst. Do not worry if you see a cyst as they are usually harmless and should not be disturbed. Other signs such as diarrhea and fever are often associated with teething. However, these symptoms are not normal. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your pediatric physician if these symptoms persist.

Helping to Alleviate the Pain

The best thing you can do for your infant during the teething process is to help alleviate the pain. If your baby has tender or sore gums, you can gently rub the area with a cool, wet gauze pad or washcloth. You can also use a clean finger or small spoon. Some parents choose to use a clean teething ring or chilled binky. Dr. Chris Lugo and Associates may also recommend a numbing salve for the gums if your child is experiencing significant discomfort.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

If you would like to learn more about your baby’s oral health call 360-659-8100, 360-863-8700, 425-367-4149, 360-339-8000 and schedule their appointment now!

We Look Forward To Meeting You

Our front office staff is happy to discuss our services with you. Our dentists are here to serve your children and teens. For more information, contact one of our multiple Seattle area offices.


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