- Oral Health
Your Child And Teething
Teething is a major developmental milestone that normally includes growing pains for baby and anxiety for mother. We were fortunate, the arrival of my daughter’s teeth were uneventful. There were unnoticeable irritations, very little crying or discomfort. This is most likely owing to her use of the pacifier throughout her baby stage and the early part of her toddler phase.
Signs Of Teething
As baby ushers into the teething milestone, subtle signs indicating the transition will surface. His gums are pinkish red and swollen. He will have little interest in food and at times behaviors like a bear with a thorn in his paw – irritated.
When Tooth Comes Out
Eventually, baby’s teeth will pierce through the gum. As baby grows so will his teeth. Little white porcelain like objects will perforate out of his gum consistent to his growth. Below outlines a chronological appearance of baby’s teeth.
- The first set of ivories arrive between 6 to 10 months. They appear at the lower front gum. They are the “lower inner incisor” and protrude out the gum as tiny white chip porcelain. Mothers are usually tearful and excited about this beginning milestone. Some mothers reported that their baby started cutting teeth as early as 3 months. Just for future reference and, because this milestone extends to childhood, it is important to note as baby advances to age 6 or 7 years the inner incisor falls out to make room for permanent ones.
- The next appearance is around 8 to 12 months and they shot out at top front of baby’s gum. They are the four “upper incisors”. They are usually replaced at ages 6 to 7.
- The third arrangement of pearly whites is the first four molars, the “lower outer incisors”. These emerge at the upper and lower gum at 13 to 19 months. At 9 to 10 years the permanent molars supplants the primary incisors.
- The fourth group is the “canines”. The group materializes in pairs, two at the top and two at the bottom. These canines are what baby draw on to rip food apart. Baby is around 16 to 23 months when they come in and out grows them at 9 to 10 years.
- The last series of molars cut through the gum in sets of four. Baby is around 23 to 33 months when they arrive and will lose them at 10 to 12 years. At the early age of three, the toddler has a total of 20 teeth.
Some Truth About Teething
As mother and baby goes through the teething milestone, there are some old school remedies to eliminate for mother to be effective during the process. The first is excessive drooling, it is the result of a high presence of enzymes in baby’s month in preparation for the digestion of foods and has very little to do with teething. Between 6 to 24 months fever will occasionally arise and is associated by many with tooth growth. Experts, however corrects this misconception and state that fever arises because baby is replacing “mother’s antibodies” with his own around the same time he is teething. This changing of immune guards often results in fever. Another adverse old school remedy is the rubbing of alcohol on baby’s gum. This practice is extremely unsafe, mothers should know that any level of alcohol is harmful to baby.
How does mother cope with cranky unhappy baby during the teething process? Below are a few suggestive steps to help baby through his growing pain.
- Massage the gum.
- Give baby a pacifier; it is a good device for soothing the gum.
- Place teething ring in the freezer, the frozen ring helps irritated gum.
- At times the use of teething gels and Tylenol will go a long way for baby
As you try to ease baby’s discomfort consider safety first, monitor baby when you use hard biscuits or frozen foods and objects to relief pain. Small particles from foods might stick in baby’s throat and cause choking. Frozen items can result in broken tooth or raw gum so, use caution when supplying baby with these devices. Keep in mind not all plastic materials are safe, certain types are hazardous and some are cancerous. Experts recommend the use of silicone or rubber teething paraphernalia.
Caring For Baby’s Primaries
Dental experts assert it is not too early to start good dental hygiene, when teeth cut through the gum, start cleaning them with a damp baby rag. Until all dentition manifest use only a damp rag. The use of toothpaste begins at age three. Use only “fluoride-free” toothpaste, toddlers are yet to learn to “spit” and will more times than not swallow the toothpaste. Excessive swallowing of fluoride will stain and hollow permanent teeth. Dental visits begin as early as the first year. Early dental visits will result in timely detection of any dental or medical issues.
Too Early For Falsehood
At an early stage of my daughter’s grow I was concern that the accidental hitting of her month would cause her to loss one of her tooth. She was a toddler, when she hit her month on the table running to answer the door. I thought the loss of her primary tooth would mean an eternal gap in her month and eventually partials. Fortunately, she did not loss her pearly white, just some blood. Also happily, the self-preservation of the human body and the dentistry profession compensate for the premature loss of tooth. When the primary falls out, the gum starts the replacement process. It will start prior to the designated years but, it starts none the less. When however you work with a dentist, he will place a “spacer” within your child’s gum. This artificial object serves as a temporary placement for the primary until the permanent pushes forth.
Baby might experience complications as the teeth protrude out the gum. His permanents might turn out crooked. This is the result of the primary competing with the permanent for space within the gum. Experts state that crooked teeth also occur because a toddler’s gum is too small to contain the 32 permanent ones. These and other irregularities of growth are immediately addressed by your child’s dentist. It is usually at this consultant period that mothers are prepared for the possibility of braces.
The American Dental Association lead programs promoting good dental hygiene. This association teaches the importance of brushing twice a day and after every meal. This hygienic care of the month is believed to be a great way to prevent cavities and ultimately tooth loss. Today, the Association also promotes Sealant, which is widely established to prevent cavities and decay. When your child gets his permanent teeth, expect your child’s dentist to discuss the Sealant option.
The teething milestone extends to childhood but as mother takes the necessary steps to ease baby’s pain as well as to preserve baby’s teeth, the milestone’s anxiety level will decrease.