How Long Does Teething Last?

Seeing your baby's first tooth erupt is likely one of those memories you will never forget. After all, it marks an important milestone. But, with this milestone can also come some pain and discomfort for your baby and a few sleepless nights for you. 

To help you manage this period better, we'll try to explain what teething is, how long it lasts, and what you can do to help your baby during this time. 

What Is Teething?

Teething refers to the period when a child’s teeth start to erupt out of their gums. Don't worry, not all their teeth will erupt at once and both you and your baby will get some breaks between teething. Teeth usually erupt in pairs and the process usually lasts for about a week. 

Keep in mind that each baby is different, and these time frames are just references. The teething time differs and that is absolutely normal. But, in general, your child should have all their teeth by the time they are three years old. 

Symptoms and Signs of Teething

It's not unusual for your child to experience a variety of symptoms when they are teething. Some are mild while others are more intense. 

If your baby starts teething, you will notice:

  • Swollen and red gums 
  • Excessive drooling 
  • A rash on their face 
  • Biting 
  • Rubbing the gums 
  • Irritability 
  • Blisters on the gum 

If your baby is also having a fever, then you should check with their pediatric dentist to see if everything is in order. In fact, when your child's first teeth erupt is also the time when you should schedule their first dental appointment. 

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Ways to Ease Teething Pain 

While teething symptoms are normal and usually go away after the tooth erupts, there are some things that you can do to ease your baby's discomfort:

  • Rub a clean finger over your baby’s gums to relieve the pain 
  • Give your baby a pacifier to chew and suck on them
  • Give your baby a soft and cold cloth to chew on. The cold helps relieve the pain 
  • Get a teething ring for your baby. Keep it in the fridge for about one hour as rubbing the cold ring on their teeth and gums will help your baby feel better. 

Is Your Baby Teething? We Can Help! 

If you need extra tips and professional help, you can always talk to Las Vegas Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Sandra Thompson at Desert Kids Dental. 

Here you will find a team of passionate dentists who love what they do and love helping both kids and parents feel more confident in their oral health. 

We mix the latest technology with the most gentle treatments to give your child a beautiful and healthy smile. 

If you want to meet with Dr. Sandra Thompson, contact us to schedule an appointment for your child.

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