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Your baby has 20 primary teeth, also called “baby teeth,” under their gum line. These teeth usually start to break through the gums between 6 and 12 months. The teething process is uncomfortable, so your baby may be irritable during the day and have a hard time sleeping at night. Drs. Hunter and Coe are happy to give tips about teething in Allen, Texas.

Teething Symptoms
Because teething is uncomfortable, babies often cry or fuss in the days or weeks before each tooth breaks through. Other teething symptoms include:

– Temperature that is slightly higher than normal
– Trouble sleeping
– Drooling
– Swollen gums
– Loss of appetite

Soothing Your Teething Baby
To soothe your child’s tender, sore gums, gently rub their gums. You can use a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad. A teething ring or a pacifier can also help. Avoid teething rings that have liquid inside. If your child is having an especially hard time with the teething process, your pediatrician may suggest that you give your baby Tylenol occasionally for the pain.

We invite you to contact Allen Pediatric Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your child’s next appointment with our dentists.