Treating teething pain in Charleston
When children start to get their first teeth, they may experience the difficulties associated with teething. During the process of teething, the primary teeth are breaking through the gum line. This may be a painful experience for children, but a necessary one. The primary teeth are essential for speaking clearly, enjoying solid foods, and having a beautiful smile. During this time, many children are fussy and cranky. This is expected because their gums may be tender. Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry in Charleston is committed to helping parents in treating teething pain to make the entire process more comfortable for their little ones.
Teething can be addressed in many ways. For mild pain and discomfort, parents can use a cool damp cloth to rub the gums. This can reduce the pain and swelling children experience. Many parents also swear by rubber teething rings, wet washcloths, or anything safe for their child to chew on. Some rubber teething rings can even be put in the freezer to make them even more beneficial for the child and provide more comfort. Children may also enjoy cool, soft foods during this time, which may include yogurt or cold applesauce. Working with the child to determine what brings them the most comfort is the best way to find the optimal solution. In more severe cases, parents may want to take their child to the pediatrician to determine if over-the-counter pain medications can be used to reduce discomfort for extremely fussy children.
After the teething process, children will have a full set of 20 primary teeth in their smile. These teeth are just as important as the adult teeth. They are still susceptible to tooth decay, so parents should take the proper steps to care for the teeth and gums and reduce the risk for damage to the structure of the natural teeth.
Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry and his team are proud to offer pediatric dental care and family services for everyone in the household. Call his practice today to schedule a consultation visit and learn about the ways in which teething pain can be reduced.Back to Dental Library Page