Family dental care should include every member of the family - even the youngest. After all, good dental care begins at birth. Though many dentists refer very young children to other practices, as a true family dentist in Huntington Beach, CA, Dr. Jason Cellars provides outstanding pediatric dentistry services.
He is also committed to patient education because he knows that starting good dental care early can help prevent a lifetime of oral health problems. Dr. Cellars and his team recognize that teething can be a stressful time for new parents. That is why we have put together a helpful guide with important (and perhaps surprising) information about teething.
Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are always happy to talk to anxious parents and to schedule an appointment for your baby if appropriate.
Most Babies Begin Teething around 6 Months of Age.
Typically, a baby’s first tooth will appear around the half-year mark. Some infants, however, may begin teething as early as four months, while others may not see their first tooth until around their first birthday.
If your baby has not begun teething by 15 months, you should see a doctor. Delayed teething can occur for a number of reasons. It may simply be hereditary. On the other hand, it could be a symptom of inadequate nutrition, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, or a blockage in the jawbone.
You Should Not Use Numbing Gels.
When your little one is fussing and uncomfortable, you want to do anything to help her feel better. However, the FDA has issued a warning against numbing gels containing benzocaine. Though rare, in infants, benzocaine can lead to methemoglobinemia. This condition causes too little oxygen to be delivered to cells throughout the body. It can be fatal.
Instead of gels, try infant Tylenol®, gently massaging your baby’s gums, and offering a cool teether.
You Need to Be Careful about Teethers and Teething Toys.
While teethers are recommended, exercise caution about the types that you offer your baby. Teething necklaces and bracelets can be a choking hazard. Frozen teethers and anything filled with ice can be too hard. Instead, chilled rubber teethers and damp washcloths can be helpful.
Teething Does Not Cause a High Temperature.
Teething may cause a low-grade fever. However, if your baby has a temperature above 100.4, you should call your pediatrician, as he is probably sick.
You Should Begin Brushing Baby’s Teeth Immediately.
It’s never too soon to begin brushing your child’s teeth. In fact, the American Dental Academy recommends wiping your baby’s gums with soft gauze from the time she is a few days old.
As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, you should begin brushing. Use a soft brush and a dollop of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice.
You Probably Need to Schedule the First Dentist Appointment Sooner Than You Think.
Just as you shouldn’t delay brushing your baby’s teeth, you also shouldn’t neglect her first dental visit. Schedule an appointment as soon as that first tooth appears. Dr. Cellars will perform a gentle, non-invasive exam. But if your little one is too nervous, we’ll reschedule for a time when she feels more at ease.
Schedule with a Dentist in Huntington Beach, CA
Before your child’s first appointment, we invite you to come in for a visit. We will show you around the office and answer any questions so both of you feel relaxed.
Contact our scheduling coordinator online or give us a call at (714) 848-4247.