What the Teeth???

When will my baby get teeth?

  • The exact eruption timing of your baby’s pearly whites will vary, but by age 3 your baby will grow all
    20 of his/her primary teeth.
  • Your new magnet from Dr. Harris & team has general eruption/exfoliation ages so you can know when to expect a visit from the tooth fairy.

What are some of the symptoms?

You can expect your baby MIGHT experience:

  • Slight fever
  • Increased drooling
  • Runny nose
  • Decreased appetite
  • Facial rash
  • Irritability
  • Biting

The following symptoms are NOT associated with teething and should be addressed immediately:

  • Fever of >102 degrees
  • Cough or congestion
  • Uncontrolled diarrhea and/or vomiting

Is there any way to ease the discomfort?

The following may be used in combination to help baby feel more comfortable as their teeth erupt.

  • Gum Massage – Slight pressure applied by mom and dad to baby’s sore gums can make a big difference.
  • Chilled/Frozen Washcloth – This option is very effective, but can get messy as the cloth melts or baby squeezes out the liquid.
  • Chilled Foods – If baby is already eating solids you may be able to offer cool foods like yogurt or applesauce to ease the pain.
  • OTC Pain Relievers – Children’s Ibuprofen or Tylenol can work wonders to take the edge off for your teething baby. Be sure to ASK YOUR DOCTOR about dosing, especially if your little one is younger than 6 months.

When do I need to brush my baby’s teeth?

  • From the very beginning you can gently wipe down your baby’s gums after feedings and at bedtime using a clean, damp washcloth (No products are recommended at this time).
  • At about 4 months old you can begin using a FLOURIDE-FREE product to brush your baby’s teeth 2 times/day. Use a finger brush or soft-bristle baby toothbrush with a wide handle and a small head.

Why is it important to care for my baby’s teeth, won’t they fall out anyway?

They play a vital role in reserving space for their permanent replacements plus the following:

  • Help with proper speech development.
  • Gives your baby a healthy start (decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them)
  • THRUSH is a common yeast infection in the mouth that causes white cheese-like patches on the inside of the cheeks and lips.
    • Unlike a milk-covered tongue, thrush will not go away when wiped off.
    • Contact your doctor if you notice these symptoms, as thrush can be uncomfortable for your baby and may make it difficult to eat.