Most babies develop their first tooth anytime between the ages of six to twelve months. In all likelihood, the first teeth to appear will be your child’s central incisors (the lower front teeth). Teething usually doesn’t cause discomfort, but you may see some swelling in the gums around the emerging tooth. Your child may drool a little more.
You can massage the gums, which should ease the discomfort for a bit. If you’re using your fingers, ensure that they’re thoroughly cleaned. Alternatively, use clean disposable gloves or a cool damp cotton towel. Do not use any medicinal gels or tablets, unless prescribed by a medical professional.
When you do see the first signs of teething, it’s advisable to make an appointment with your pediatrician.
It’s important to ensure that your baby’s mouth is always clean and safe. Clean all pacifiers and toys regularly. For the first year, clean your baby’s gums with a fresh cloth. Once the first teeth emerge, clean using a baby toothbrush with a very small drop of baby toothpaste. From the ages of one year to three years, brush twice a day with just a little toothpaste.
It isn’t advisable to put your child to bed with a bottle or food. This exposes your baby’s teeth to sugars, as well as ear infections and choking. Try encouraging them to drink from a cup. This reduces the chances of liquid collecting around the teeth. If your baby has a habit of having milk before sleeping, make sure she rinses her mouth with water going to sleep.