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If your child is currently teething, take heart. Teething can be a difficult time, both for parents and children. Symptoms generally include drooling, biting, gum rubbing, sucking, irritability, decreased appetite, and possibly a mild temperature. At the pediatric dental office of Weeder Pediatric Dentistry in La Vista, Nebraska, we have some tips to help make your infant more comfortable. Because it helps to recognize when your child is teething so you can help him or her find comfort, we would like to share the following teething timeline:

Central incisors: although a precise teething timeline is unique to each child, there are some things you can typically expect. For example, the central incisors (or bottom front teeth) usually begin to erupt when a child is about 6 months old. The top central incisor generally follows at around 8 months.

Lateral incisors: after the central incisors come in, the teeth neighboring the front teeth (known as lateral incisors) usually appear, mostly when your child is between 9–13 months.

Molars: next, a child’s molar will appear between 13 and 19 months. The canine teeth usually follow at around 17 months. The second molar will usually appear between 25 and 33 months.

Canines: Canine teeth usually follow the first molar at around 17 months. By the time your little one is 2 years old, they should have around 20 teeth.

Once you know your child is teething, there are various things you can do to help them find relief. You can rub your baby’s gums with a moistened gauze pad or your finger — make sure it is clean. To soothe aching gums, you can try a cold spoon, a cold washcloth, or a refrigerated teething ring. A toddler can gnaw on a chilled cucumber or carrot (under close supervision). If your child is particularly unhappy, you can try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help.

To find out more about how to assist your teething child, you can give us a call at (402) 932.1177. Dr. Greg Weeder along with the rest of our team are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are eager to hear from you!