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Teething is an overwhelming phase that can occur at any time. Your child can start to teeth between 10 weeks and four months old. This makes it hard to know when your child’s teeth are starting to erupt. So, to help you, our Dana Dental Arts dental team would like to tell you the different signs and symptoms related to teething. Those signs and symptoms are:

-Drooling: Drooling is one of the most common symptoms of teething. Your baby will drool so much that their shirt will become sopping wet. To keep their clothes dry, fasten a bib around their neck and gently wipe the drool away throughout the day.

-Biting: The pressure from the erupting teeth will provide discomfort to your child, but the pain can subside with biting, which is also known as counter pressure. So as a result, your child will bite on anything they can get their hands on.

-Crying: It’s common for your child to whimper or cry while they are teething. This is because the process is uncomfortable for them. However, the first teeth are always the most painful, so the fussiness should subside once they get used to the feeling of erupting teeth.

-Refusal to feed: The suction and pressure related to eating can make the pain worse, whether your child is eating breastmilk or solid foods. This will make your child refuse to eat. When this happens, keep encouraging feeding time. It should get better within a few days.

-Interrupted sleep: The teething soreness and irritations don’t just occur during the day—they occur at night as well. This might wake your child up in the middle of the night. When this happens, see if they can settle themselves back to sleep. If they can’t, you can soothe them by rubbing or patting their back or by singing a lullaby.

If your child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, there is a chance their teeth are about to erupt from their gums. For more information and details about teething in Spearfish, South Dakota, or for tips about how to soothe your child while they are teething, please call our office today at 605.642.7727 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Michael Dana. We are happy to help you!