Babies generally start teething between 4-7 months of age, and they usually have their full set of teeth in place by the time they are 3 years old. During this process, your baby will likely become fussy, sleepless, and irritable, which is completely normal. Your baby will also have tender gums because the teeth are erupting, so it’s important that you soothe the pain by doing the following things:

• Rub the gums with a clean finger. This is similar to a massaging technique and it will help your baby feel better.

• Let your child suck on a small, cool spoon. This will chill the gums and will provide relief and comfort, just like icing a sore muscle would.

• Try giving your child a clean teething ring. These rings will help your child’s gums become less tender and will help the teeth grow in.

These things will help make the soothing process a little bit easier and comfortable for you and the baby. If you would like additional suggestions or if you would like to know more about your child’s oral health, we recommend calling our office today and talking to a member of our friendly dental team. Now remember, when your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to bring your child into our office for a checkup. We look forward to meeting your darling baby!

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