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Soothing Teething Babies

November 27, 2022
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Teething can be extremely uncomfortable for your little ones. And so, it is vital to use the correct methods to reduce their uneasiness and soothe them. Generally, babies start developing teeth when they are about six months old. The teething process continues till they reach the age of two years.

Teething babies

As per pediatric dentistry, a baby’s teeth development has the five following stages:

  • Stage 1: This stage takes place when the babies are between 0-6 months old. Babies are born with a set of twenty teeth that stay below their gums.
  • Stage 2: When babies are about six months old, their first teeth – the upper and lower incisors- erupt.
  • Stage 3: During 10 to 14 months of age, babies start developing and erupting their primary molars. These teeth emerge in the back of their mouth and can be accompanied by excessive drooling and loss of appetite.
  • Stage 4: When babies turn about 16 to 22 months old, their canine teeth will start erupting.
  • Stage 5: Finally, at the age of about 25 to 33 months, their large molars erupt, and after that, the teething process concludes.

Here are a few common signs and symptoms of teething in babies:

  • Excessive crankiness and irritability
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loss of appetite or decreased appetite
  • The urge to bite and chew things around them

Safe ways to soothe teething babies

Pediatric dentists recommend the following ways to soothe your teething babies:

  • Massage their gums with a wet cloth. It reduces inflammation.
  • Feed them cold foods like applesauce, chilled fruits, yogurt, etc. Cold foods give a soothing sensation to their gums and are easier to eat during this time.
  • You can also give them cool items like chilled teethers or baby spoons.
  • In case your baby is struggling with too much pain or discomfort, ask your pediatric dentist for over-the-counter medications.

Along with using the above soothing methods, it is also essential to avoid the following things:

  • Avoid teething instruments like bracelets and necklaces as they have a risk of strangulation or choking.
  • Further, you should also avoid herbal products, frozen items, teething gels, and theaters filled with gels. There are no studies in pediatric dentistry that have found these things to be effective. In fact, they can have long-term side effects on your baby’s health.

Caring for babies’ gums and first teeth

A good oral hygiene routine is important for keeping your baby’s gum healthy and strong.

  • Start dental care before their first tooth appears. When your baby is roughly three months old, you can gently wipe their gums with a clean cloth twice a day. This will prepare them for brushing once their teeth start growing.
  • Once their first tooth appears, you can gently brush it with a soft washcloth.
  • Introduce a toothbrush to your baby gradually.
  • At Ashraf Dentistry, we recommend scheduling your baby’s first visit to a dentist before they turn one year old. If unsure, you can call your pediatric dentist to discuss your baby’s dental health and schedule a visit accordingly.


So there you have it – the safest ways to soothe teething babies. Make sure to use the methods mentioned above; we are confident they will help your little one feel more comfortable and less cranky.

In case nothing works and your baby has a fever and increased gum soreness, make sure to visit a pediatric dentist. Contact Ashraf Dentistry today for more information.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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