At Lynn Dental Care, the range of treatments we offer means we have a wide variety of experience with all kinds of dental issues. Whether you’re looking into orthodontics, seeking a Periodontist, need an Invisalign dentist, or just need a checkup, you’ll find it at Lynn Dental Care. But, a simple but challenging dental issue that we’re all familiar with, especially any parents reading this blog, is teething.
Even if you’re yet to be a parent yourself, you probably kept yours up all night when your teeth began to emerge all those years ago. Teething is a long, arduous process that’s painful for children and their parents alike. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help your toddler teeth a little easier and relieve the often intense pain that cutting new teeth can cause. Lynn Dental Care offers some general advice for newer parents who might need some teething tips for their tot.
How to Tell When They’re Teething
Most of the time, it’s easy enough to tell if your baby is teething just from how irritable they are. But, there are a lot of reasons for a baby to cry and generally act fussy, so there are so more specific signs you can look for.
If your baby has started to really gnaw on things, they’re probably teething. Babies want to put everything in their mouths, but the chewing they do when they’re teething is different – you’ll often see them furiously biting down on solid objects like they’re trying to gum their way through them. Along with sensitivity and pain in their gums, the discomfort and frustration the urge to chew causes your baby is often a big contributing factor to why they’re crying.
Some people believe that fever and diarrhea are signifiers of teething, but there isn’t really anything to support this. If your baby has these symptoms, you should take them to a pediatrician rather than assume it’s teething.
How to Relieve the Pain
At Lynn Dental Care, we know how frustrating and nagging dental pain is. For babies who are teething, it’s even worse – they can’t tell you what hurts or why, let alone figure out how to stop it. If your baby is teething, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.
Apply Something Cold
A clean, cold washcloth, spoon or teething ring kept in the fridge or freezer helps to numb the pain. Just be careful not rely on this too much, as the cold can be damaging.
Rub Their Gums
Rubbing your baby’s gums can help relieve some of the pressure. Just make sure your hands are clean.
You can try giving your baby solid foods that are easy to chew and can be kept cold – like cucumber or carrots. Be very careful to keep an eye out for signs of choking, and don’t let them chew on these unsupervised.
Minor things like drying their excessive drooling and offering general comfort and reassurance are a big help. There are some over-the-counter pain medications you can give them, but you need to consult with your child’s pediatrician first. You should also avoid medications that contain benzocaine.
Is There a Way to Speed It Up?
You’ll find plenty of home remedies and old wive’s tales about how to speed up the teething process if you look for them, but the truth is that teething simply takes as long as it takes. As with any physical development in children, the amount of time it will take varies from one child to another, and there’s not really anything you can do to speed things along.
Be patient with your child, and be attentive to how they feel and how their teeth are coming in.
Lynn Dental Care for Adults and Kids
If your kids are a little older and you’re looking for dental care, Lynn Dental Care offers modern, innovative and friendly orthodontics. We offer a range of dental interventions and treatments for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for dental care in Dallas, TX, contact your new Dallas dentist today.