What to Expect When Your Baby Gets Their First Teeth

What to Expect When Your Baby Gets Their First Teeth

Seeing the first emerging buds of your baby’s tiny teeth is an exciting experience! But it can also bring about a lot of anxiety as a parent: Will it be painful for the baby? What is expected when it comes to caring for a baby’s teeth? When should a baby have his or her first checkup with the dentist? If these questions and more are racing through your head, here is a brief guide that should help you get through the teething stage with relative ease.

Help Them Through the Teething Stage

The amount of discomfort your baby will experience and his or her reaction to it will depend on your baby. Some babies seem to not be too bothered by their emerging teeth, while others experience quite a bit of discomfort and are very vocal about their distress. If your baby is having a rough time, there are a couple of quick solutions. Try giving your baby some pain medications under the guidance of your pediatrician. Give your baby a cold teething toy to chew on, or manually massage your baby’s swollen gums to offer some relief.

Caring for Their Teeth

As soon as your baby’s teeth start coming in, it will be time to start brushing them. Use an infant toothbrush and a tiny smear of toothpaste to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. While your pediatrician will offer all the necessary care during the first year of life, you will soon need to make an appointment with a dentist. Your child should have their first dental checkup shortly after their first birthday. Ask your dentist about a fluoride varnish to keep baby’s teeth healthy and strong.

Rest Assured that this Stage Doesn’t Last Forever

This time in a baby’s life can be really discouraging for both the baby and his or her parents. It is common for parents to feel inadequate or even hopeless in offering their little one some kind of relief. Long nights with a fussing child and difficult feeding sessions can make it feel like this stage is never going to end. But rest assured that it does end and you are a great parent, regardless of your baby’s reaction to his or her emerging teeth.

At the end of the day, you should expect the teething stage to end around your child’s third birthday. Given that teething usually starts around 6-8 months of age, this stage usually lasts a little more than two years. If your baby is really struggling, talk to your pediatrician or dentist for advice.

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