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Smile Town Childrens Dentist Burnaby, Langley, North Delta
SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Burnaby

Burnaby Location

Get your child ready for a safari when they visit our jungle-themed practice at 4460 Beresford St. in Burnaby.

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North Delta Location

It's all beach balls & water fun at our beach-themed North Delta practice located at 7511 120th Street.

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SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Langley

Langley Location

Our underwater-themed Langley practice is conveniently located in Willoughby Town Centre.

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What You Can Expect From Teething

Posted Mar 29th, 2016

Teething is a process that is very uncomfortable for your baby and you may wonder what to expect during this time. You may wonder how long it takes, and how best to comfort your child. Below are answers to ease some of your concerns.

When does it begin?

Usually between 3 and 12 months, but for some babies it can start even later, the average age is about 6 months old.

How long does it last?

The entire process can take about a year but again for some it can take a longer time. In general most children have all 20 of their primary teeth by the age of 2 and a half to 3 years of age.

Recognize when your child is teething

There are many tell tale signs that your child has begun teething such as drooling, coughing and / or a gag reflex from the constant drooling. A teething rash will erupt around their mouth and cheeks so applying a moisture barrier such as vaseline and gently patting their skin dry will help. Biting down on anything to relieve the pressure they’re feeling so keep a good supply of teething rings and toys handy. Your child is going to be irritable and crying for some it will last hours while some can be cranky for longer, constant periods of time.

Sleep and feeding disruptions are going to result from your baby’s discomfort so a good night’s sleep is going to be difficult. Because the nerve pathways of the ears, gums and cheeks are shared your child may tug at their ears or rubbing their cheeks.

What can you as a parent do to make you baby as comfortable as possible, lots of extra cuddles, of course lots of patience on your part will be needed. Teething toys that can be frozen, or a cold cloth for them can be soothing as well as cold foods and drinks. In severe cases pain medication may be necessary, consult your Pediatrician if you feel your child may need this. Just by doing all you can to ease your baby’s discomfort will help you both through this process.

Contact a children's dentist in Vancouver if you have any more concerns.

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