Teething 101: The Tricks to Use and the Tricks to Avoid

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Is your child teething? If so, you must be tired of the crying, biting and drooling. To help you make this phase a little easier for you and your child, our Lavista Park Family Dentistry team is happy to tell you all about the do’s and dont’s of teething. They are:

Don’t try this at home:

-Don’t use amber teething necklaces. The brand claims that the necklaces release a pain-relieving substance that is absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, but there is no scientific evidence that that is true. The beads in the necklace might also pose a choking hazard.

-Don’t use lidocaine. This is a topical anesthetic that can be poisonous to infants and young children. It can also lead to seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Tried-and-true methods:

After washing your hands, massage your child’s gums with your finger. Be cautious of biting.

Put a spoon in the refrigerator or freezer. When it’s cool, place it in your child’s mouth on the sensitive area of the gums.

Let your child chew on a cold washcloth—but only under close supervision.

Chill your child’s pacifier in the refrigerator before you give it to your child.

Let your child chew and bite on a teething ring.

If you use these tips, you’ll be on the right track toward taking good care of your child during the teething phase in Tucker, Georgia. For more information, tips and details, please remember that you can always call our office at (770)-939-5122 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Ayesha Rahman, or a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!