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Your baby has 20 primary teeth, also called “baby teeth,” under their gum line. These teeth usually start to break through the gums between 6 and 12 months. The teething process is uncomfortable, so your baby may be irritable during the day and have a hard time sleeping at night. Drs. Pryor and Higbee are happy to give tips about teething in St. George, Utah.

Because teething is uncomfortable, babies often cry or fuss in the days or weeks before each tooth breaks through. Other teething symptoms include:

– Swollen gums
– Temperature that is slightly higher than normal
– Trouble sleeping
– Drooling
– Loss of appetite

If your baby has any of the following symptoms while teething, please call your pediatrician:

– Fever
– Diarrhea
– Rash

To soothe your child’s tender, sore gums, gently rub their gums. You can use a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad. A teething ring or a pacifier can also help. Avoid teething rings that have liquid inside that could break open. If your child is having a particularly hard time with the teething process, your pediatrician may suggest that you give your baby Tylenol occasionally for the pain.

We invite you to contact St. George Kids Dental today to learn more and to schedule your child’s next appointment with our dentists. We are excited to get to know you and your family!