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Do you ever wonder when your child is supposed to start teething? If so, our dental team is happy to help you! A child can start teething anytime between 10 weeks to four months old, and there are many signs that indicate the teething phase. Those signs are:

Drooling: One of the most common symptoms of teething is drooling. You won’t believe how much one child can drool. This will make their shirts constantly soggy. To help prevent drenched outfits, fasten a bib around their neck and gently wipe the drool away from their chin throughout the day.

Biting: The pressure from the erupting teeth may cause a lot of discomfort but it can be relieved by counter pressure, which can involve biting. Your child will bite on anything they can get their hands on.

Crying: Some babies get through their teething phase easily while others don’t. It’s common for your child to be extremely fussy by whining and crying throughout the day. The first teeth usually hurt the most. Your child will get used to the feeling later on down the road.

Refusal to feed: Oftentimes the suction involved in eating makes your child’s gums feel worse, which can result in your child refusing to eat. Your child might also refuse to eat more solid foods. This is common but keep at it. It should get better within a couple days.

Interrupted sleep: The discomfort from the teething will often wake your baby up at night. When this happens, see if your child can settle back to sleep. If they can’t, soothe them by patting their back or by singing a lullaby. Try not to resort to feeding.

If your child is showing one or more of these signs, they are most likely starting the teething phase. For more information, tips, and details about teething in Burlington, Connecticut, please feel free to call our office at 860-673-7155. Your dentist, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner, and our dental team are happy to give you more information about teething so you can make this phase easier for you and your child!