Truckee Pediatric Dentistry

Baby Teething Signs and Symptoms

July 15th, 2019

Teething baby girl smiling after following Truckee Pediatric Dentistry teething tips

Baby Teething

If your baby is about six months old and a little fussy, you may have a teething baby on your hands. Teething can be uncomfortable for infants and your child may start to show symptoms that differ from what you are used to. In this post, we will talk about what to look for when your baby is teething and what remedies may help in alleviating the discomfort of teething.

Symptoms of Teething

Babies are typically born with all 20 of their primary teeth underneath their gum line. These teeth typically erupt between the ages of 6-12 months and are typically all fully erupted by the age of 3. Symptoms that are typical of teething are:

  • Fussiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling more than usual

Symptoms that are not typical of teething are:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms while teething, it is important to contact your pediatrician as soon as possible.

How to Treat Symptoms of Teething

Teething is something your child will go through and the discomfort of this growth is unavoidable. However, it is manageable. If your child begins to show signs of teething some things you can do to alleviate discomfort are:

  • Gently rub their gums with a clean finger, moist gauze pad or cold spoon
  • Let them chew on a clean solid rubber teether

If your child is experiencing discomfort, it is possible to give them a small dose of children’s pain reliever, however, it is important that you consult your pediatrician before doing so.

Teething Treatment to Avoid

It is really important that you are mindful of what you are placing in your child's mouth during the teething process. Make sure items are clean and avoid using anything that is small, plastic, or could break. It is also important to be aware of the materials that the teething item is made of. According to the American Dental Association, not all teethers are safe, and some have materials that could be harmful to your child. Teethers are a great way to help your baby with the discomfort of teething, however, it is important to read labels to know what you are putting in your child’s mouth. Items to avoid are:

  • Numbing Gels
  • Teething Tablets
  • Homeopathic Teething Products

The FDA recommends that parents and caregivers avoid using benzocaine products and gels on children under the age of 2, as they pose serious risks with little to no benefit in treating oral pain and teething. The FDA also recommends that parents and caregivers avoid usage and dispose of homeopathic teething tablets and teething products as they have not been approved for effectiveness, and have been known to carry high amounts of the toxic substance, belladonna. If your child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using these products, seek medical care immediately.

Teething Babies Need Dentists Too

It is recommended that your child see a dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting. Establishing yourself with a pediatric dentist at this stage of your baby’s development is important for their overall oral health. If you are looking for a trusted and kind pediatric dentist, our pediatric dentist, Dr. Matthew Gustafsson provides quality care in a friendly and understanding environment. We at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry pride ourselves in providing a comfortable space for families and their children to establish healthy oral habits and receive customized care for their needs. Contact us at (530) 550-9311 to schedule an appointment or to answer any questions you may have. Congratulations on your new baby, and we look forward to becoming your trusted pediatric dentist!

The Secret To The No Cavity Club

February 28th, 2019

Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions for children in the United states?  About 20% of children aged 5-11 have at least one untreated cavity and approximately 42% of children 2 to 11 have had a cavity on their baby tooth.  Sadly, the number of children with untreated tooth decay is twice as high for those children from low-income families.


The good news is that cavities are 100% preventable! So why do kids have such an alarming rate of dental disease? Partially, parents have been told for years that kids should brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to prevent cavities. While this is great advice, this alone is inadequate to prevent cavities for the majority of kids.  So what is the answer?


Diet is the secret to cavity prevention! Diet trumps brushing and flossing, and the proper diet will help your child avoid frequent visits to the dentist.   If you floss your child’s teeth twice a day but let him drink chocolate milk all day or snack on crackers all day, your child will still get cavities. However, if you eliminate or decrease processed foods in your child’s diet and your child only eats whole foods and mostly low-carbohydrate snacks, you could never floss and still achieve zero cavities.  Toddlers who sip on water all day and only drink milk with meals are significantly less likely to get cavities compared to a toddler who sips on juice or milk throughout the day. Frequency of simple carbohydrate consumption is far more important than quantity. Sure, your child can enjoy all the snacks they love: goldfish, crackers, candy, ice cream, etc. However, if they are snacking on those things all day then you might be setting yourself up for more frequent visits with the dentist.  Check out our snack guide below for foods that are less likely to cause cavities


Foods that won’t cause cavities: Foods that won’t cause cavities: Food that (usually) won’t cause cavities:
  • Raw, crunchy vegetables
  • Raw, leafy vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • 100% nut butters
  • All Meats
  • All Fats
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Raw, crunchy vegetables
  • Raw, leafy vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • 100% nut butters
  • All Meats
  • All Fats
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Fresh fruit
  • Whole grain bread
  • Popcorn
  • Smoothies
  • Dark chocolate (> 70% Cacao)
  • Yogurt (unsweetened)
  • Ice cream (don’t get carried away, but it rinses away better than other deserts)


Obviously, brushing and flossing is very important! However, combining good brushing and flossing habits with healthy food choices will almost guarantee your child will remain cavity free.  Remember, that cavity prevention starts at the grocery store! Our goal at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry is to empower our patients with the knowledge and tools to create ideal oral health at a young age in order to eliminate dental disease! If you have any questions about the role of diet and cavities you can give us a call (530) 550-9311 or send us an email to info@truckeepediatricdentistry. We would love to talk with you!


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