There’s nothing like the roller coaster of emotions that a mom experiences during the infant and toddler years! On one hand, most mothers wouldn’t trade those years for anything, while on the other hand it can be a very stressful (and busy time).
If you’re looking for signs that your baby is teething, then you’re obviously experiencing this roller coaster of emotions right now!
But do you know one thing that shouldn’t keep you up at night?
Your baby’s oral health.
Sure, it can seem like it’s just one more thing to worry about, but if you know the facts about teething, then what may seem abnormal to you may actually be quite normal.
That being said, if you think that your baby is experiencing any symptoms outside of the normal teething symptoms, you’re encouraged to schedule an appointment with your dentist or pediatric dentist right away.
So when should my baby first see a pediatric dentist?
Before we talk about the signs of teething, let’s first talk about when your precious baby should see a dentist for the first time.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (whose position we agree with) states that children should have their first dental exam when their first tooth appears, and certainly no later than their first birthday.
Really, if your baby has at least one visible tooth, it’s not a bad idea to at least call and see if you need to bring them in.
At Children & Teen Dental, we want to alleviate any stress of fears that moms have regarding their child’s teeth, and will encourage you to come in “just to be safe” if we feel the occasion warrants a visit.
Ok, here are the 5 signs your child is teething
1: You often catch your baby rubbing his or her face and ears
When a baby is teething, they may get frustrated and try to “solve the problem” by pulling, prodding, and rubbing anywhere they may find relief. If your child is teething, you may see them rubbing their ears and face.
2: Excessive drooling
Obviously, babies drool quite often (just take a look at your favorite dress or shirt!). That being said, if your child is in the appropriate age range to begin teething, and you notice even more drooling than normal, it could be a sign of teething.
3: Gums that appear as if they are bulging or swollen
When teeth are preparing to erupt, some babies will show signs of swollen or bulging gums. If this is accompanied by pain or discomfort, then there is a good chance your child is teething.
4: Rejecting the foods they love
While not eating could potentially be a sign of something more serious, in many cases it’s a sign of teething. If your child has a tooth that is on the verge of eruption, then chewing food may be painful. If this is the case, they may avoid foods they love, which is code for, “Hey mom, I need to see a pediatric dentist now!”
5: Trying to suck and chew on everything
A shoe, a chair, a dog toy…if your child is trying to chew, bite or suck on just about anything, that’s a clear sign they are teething. If you notice this behavior, it means that their first tooth may not be far away!
These things may make you anxious as a mom, but they are normal
If your child is driving you a little crazy by displaying some of the behaviors mentioned above, then congratulations; they are developing into a happy, healthy toddler!
At Children & Teen Dental we know that teething can be a difficult time and it requires a lot of patience. That being said, if your child already has their first tooth or will have it soon, then it isn’t too early to schedule your child’s first dental appointment at Children & Teen Dental.
So don’t wait, give our location nearest you a call today to schedule your child’s first pediatric dental evaluation.