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Has your child begun the process of teething yet? Although a child is often born with many of their teeth, they do not begin to breach the surface of the gums until around half a year old. When they start to break the skin of the gums, it can be painful to a child. Fortunately, there are products that can be used to help minimize and dull the pain.

Never use your finger to rub a child’s gums unless you are sure it is clean. A dirty finger can contaminate a child’s mouth and put them at an increased risk for various oral ailments. Other treatment methods include placing products on their gums such as gauze pads, cold spoons, and teething rings. Never use teething tablets for children under two, unless directly administered or suggested at the advice of their pediatrician.

Although teething is common, it should be treated as soon as it is spotted. Typically, look for additional teeth in your child’s mouth, as well as changes in their demeanor. If your child is irregularly drooling or sleeping at odd hours, they may be teething. Other signs include changes in fussiness and appetite. If you child begins suffering from a rash or fever, consult their pediatrician at our office.

If you would like to schedule your child’s oral examination at Stan Scalf DMD from Dr. Stan Scalf and our team at our pediatric office in Georgetown, Kentucky, please give us a call at 502-863-9340. Come in and let us help your child become a success story with a whiter, brighter smile today.