Beginning of teething in infants: problems and advice


 Milk teeth or as known Deciduous teeth are the child's primary teeth that last till 12 years old.
         Then, permanent teeth appear right after.
       The time of the appearance of milky teeth varies according to many factors, milk teeth begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year old.
The number of milk teeth among children are 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw).
        In addition, Milk teeth appear in stages and not at once.

    Signs of teething in children:

      This may be a hard time for babies because of the pain caused by the appearance of milk teeth.
  • The baby tries to put anything in his mouth.
  • The baby’s gums become sore and tender which makes him cry a lot
  • An increase in saliva.
  • The baby tries to rub and pull his ears.

Problems that occur during teething (milk teeth eruption):

  • The baby bits his gums so badly.
  • The baby can have pain in his ears, neck, or head (which makes him cry even more). 
  • A change in the color of milk teeth surfaces and the appearance of some spots. 
  • The baby refuses to eat or to be breastfed (because he’s in pain). 
  • The baby loses appetite.

In the case of Dental inconsistency, the mother must take her baby to the dentist immediately.
 PS: Teething doesn’t cause fever or diarrhea, so If the baby has one of them, he must be examined by the doctor

Advice to make milk teeth last longer:

A mother should start taking care of her baby’s teeth even before they appear.

From birth until the 12th month old:

Mothers should keep the baby's mouth clean by gently brushing his gums using a clean baby towel, and upon noticing the appearance of his first teeth, they should gently wash them using a soft babies’ toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

From the 12th to the 36th month:

The baby's teeth should be washed twice a day for two minutes using the same fluoride paste until the child reaches 3 years old, and the best time to wash them is after breakfast and before bed.
It is necessary for the mother to take care of her baby's teeth, whether if she depends on breastfeeding or formula, so mothers should follow these pieces of advice:
  • Visit the doctor with the appearance of the first teeth of the baby, this helps a lot to know if the baby’s teeth are healthy or not, and to make sure that all teeth are growing naturally.
  • Try giving your baby something to chew such as a cool teething ring to reduce the pain.
  • Use a wet towel and massage your baby's gums, because cold sensation helps relieve the pain.
  • You should wipe the saliva that is flowing (continuous drooling is part of the teething).
  • If saliva stays in the baby’s mouth, it may cause damage to the gums.
  • Also, too much saliva can irritate your baby's skin.
  • Keep your baby's chin dry by wiping saliva with a clean cloth.
  • Don’t give your child too much sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, that can contribute to tooth decay.