Teething occurs when teeth begin to break through the gums of a baby or child. This often starts when a baby is 6 to 8 months old, but can begin as early as 3 months.
Teething can be painful for some children. For others it is not. Discomfort comes from pressure of the tooth on the skin of the gums.
Here are some ways to comfort your baby and ease his or her pain:
Keep your baby’s mouth and gums clean even if your baby does not have teeth. Here are some ways to care for your child’s gums and teeth:
Talk to your child’s doctor before you start using toothpaste on your child’s teeth. Children should not swallow toothpaste. Too much fluoride can be harmful.
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
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