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If you are a parent, you probably know that teething is a painful experience, but do you ever think about when your little one’s first teeth should erupt? Usually, the first tooth will erupt when your child is about four months old. Similarly, a child’s last tooth will come in around two years old. Fortunately, while your child’s teething, you may be able to keep them out of pain by following these tips.

Most parents already know that they can keep their child more comfortable by giving them something cold to bite on. The process of biting down could also make their baby more comfortable while breaking down their gums. This will make it even easier for their tooth to come in. Teething rings or other cold objects are also useful because they numb the sore area.

Another solution to your little one’s pain could be a numbing gel. Naturally, this should keep your baby even more comfortable. Still, please try to not use too much of this gel. Otherwise, you could numb your little one’s entire mouth—which could be dangerous as they could bite their cheek or tongue. If these over the counter meds don’t work well, you could get a prescription.

While your child is teething, they may struggle to drink and to eat. Generally, the suggestions are to give them soft foods, as solids foods can cause pain. It may also be wise to give them flavored water so they’ll continue drinking and stay hydrated. Distracting your child with toys or videos could also help.

To learn more about helping your baby handle their teething in Charleston, West Virginia, please feel free to contact Simpson Dental Associates at 304-342-6162. Our dentist, Dr. Mark Simpson, will happily address any of your questions, examine your child’s teeth, and offer them specific advice. We look forward to hearing from you.