Teething can be difficult, for both you and your baby. For many parents, waiting for their sweet little one to cut a tooth is filled with sleepless nights and tears. In addition to the attempts to manage any teething symptoms, parents might also find themselves worrying if the symptoms are normal, if something is wrong or even when to take your baby to the dentist for the first time.
5 Signs Your Baby Is Teething
1. Excessive Drooling – Babies tend to drool a lot in general, but when a baby is teething, you will notice the drool increases significantly. Their little bodies create extra saliva in order to lubricate their tender gums. Teeth that are about to erupt will cause the gums to become swollen or even bulging, drooling is the body’s response.
2. Fussier Than Usual And Not Sleeping – Teething can be painful and as such, difficult to manage. Babies cannot tell you that they are in pain; they simply experience the pain and respond accordingly. If your baby is fussier than usual, crying more than normal, and sleeping less – there is a very good chance a tooth, or two, is making its way out. In their fussiness, you might also notice them pulling on their ears or rubbing the areas around their mouth.
3. Biting And Sucking –Teething gums can not only be painful, they can also be itchy and bothersome leading them to suck, bite and chew on anything they can to find relief.
4. Fever, Rash, Diarrhea – Many babies will also experience other physical ailments along with the most obvious teething symptoms. Sudden fever, diaper rash, diarrhea and even coughing can be signs that teeth are coming in.
5. Changes In Appetite –A decreased appetite or rejecting foods they typically love can also be a sign of teething. Swollen, bulging gums can cause chewing to be painful. This pain can lead to a change in their appetite or even lead them to suck on cold or frozen foods or ones that massage their gums.
When Should Your Baby See A Dentist
In essence, you can take your baby in to see a pediatric dentist as soon as they cut their first tooth. At Adaven Children’s Dentistry, we are more than happy to schedule an exam just to help you find peace of mind and know that their teeth are coming in properly.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental exam no later than their first birthday. At Adaven Children’s Dentistry, we believe it’s never too early to get your child started on the path to good oral health. Call us today at (702) 492-1955 for any questions regarding your baby’s teeth or to schedule their first dentist appointment.
Adaven Children’s Dentistry
1701 N Green Valley Pkwy # 8E Henderson, NV 89074