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Teething

 

As parents the emergence of your little ones first tooth is an exciting time. The first teeth also known as “milk teeth”, which begin to emerge are usually the top or bottom middle two teeth, followed by the molars and the eyeteeth. Teeth will generally pop up between the ages of 6 to 10 months and continue until all 20 baby teeth have broken through by about 2.5 – 3 years of age.

 

 

Signs
Common signs of teething include:

  • Flushed cheeks,
  • Dribbling,
  • Hands or fingers in the mouth rubbing gums
  • Irritability,
  • Chewing or biting,
  • Changes in appetite,
  • Changes in bowel motions,
  • Unsettled sleep, 
  • A mild increase in temperature.

 

 

Management
Providing something your little one can chew such as a cold teething ring, wet face washer, crust of bread or teething rusks can help provide relief from the discomfort of teething.

 

Once the first tooth has appeared:

  • Wipe new teeth with a wet cloth on a daily basis,
  • Avoid fruit juice and sugar sweetened drinks as they are highly acidic and can cause tooth decay,
  • Continuing to breast feed (or provide full cream milk and water for older babies).
  • Brushing your baby’s teeth is recommended from 6 months of age.

 

 

Disclaimer
The content displayed on this webpage is intended for informational purposes and is a guide only. It does not replace or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions or taking any action based on the content of this webpage.

 

Sources

Australian Dental Association Inc. Oral Health for Babies and Infants

http://www.ada.org.au/babiesandinfants.aspx

 

Australian Dental Association Inc. 2014. Heathy eating equals Healthy teeth http://www.ada.org.au/app_cmslib/media/lib/0711/m102959_v1_healthyeating_factsheet.pdf

 

Queensland Health. Baby and early childhood health issues and concerns http://www.qld.gov.au/health/children/babies/checks/#Teething

 

Raising Children, 2012, Dental care for newborns

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/dental_care_newborns.html