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If you are a new parent, you may be concerned about your child’s teething process. One thing to remember while you are watching your child’s discomfort is that teething is a natural and essential part of growing up. Here are some facts and tips to help them along:

– Teething typically begins at around the age of 6 months and can last until age three, though timing can vary depending on the child. The teeth will mostly come in order, starting at the front and moving toward the back of the mouth on both arches.
– Various at-home treatment methods mostly consist of pressing cool and damp materials against your child’s gums, such as gauze pads, small spoons, cold utensils, teething rings, or even your finger if it has been disinfected. If your child is under two years of age, please do not use teething tablets.
– Beyond teeth pain, serious accompanying symptoms include fevers, rashes, and diarrhea. If your child shows any of these symptoms, call their pediatrician as soon as possible.
– To know if they are teething, look for an increase in irritability, excessive fussiness, issues and abnormalities with sleeping, a loss of appetite, and drooling more than usual.
– As soon as teeth start to break the surface of the gums, teething treatments should be implemented to help your child.

As soon as their first tooth comes in, you’ll want to bring them into our office for their first dental appointment. Does your child need an oral exam at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC at our pediatric office in Maricopa, Arizona? If so, book an appointment with Dr. Duane C. Clouse and our team by calling 520-316-6111. We look forward to hosting your child’s smile!