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Is Your Baby Teething? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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Wondering if your little one is teething yet? Most babies have their first tooth by the time they are six months old, and the symptoms of teething can begin two or three months prior to the first appearance of a tooth.

It’s common for the very first teeth to be the two bottom center teeth, and appearing next is usually the top two center teeth. After that, the teeth tend to grow outward (1).

Teething can be a tough time for your baby, so it’s important that you know the signs of teething and how to help soothe your little one.

top signs your baby may be teething

What Are the Signs?

Although the teething process varies from infant to infant, there are a couple of common symptoms to look out for. If a few or all of these signs stand out to you, your infant could be teething already!

Crankiness and Irritability

It’s normal for babies to fuss every now and again, but excessive crankiness may be a sign of teething. It’s hard to be cheerful when you’re not feeling well. So understandably, your baby might be irritable when he or she is experiencing an achy mouth (1).

Biting

With new teeth ready to poke through their gums, babies will feel aches and discomfort in their mouth. This pain can be counteracted by biting and chewing, which may indicate why your baby suddenly has a knack for biting more often (1).

Drooling

Yes, drooling is pretty common with many littles ones, but it can also be an indicator of teething, too! Teething stimulates saliva in the mouth, which means that your baby might drool more often than usual. If you’re finding excessive drool on your baby’s shirts, pillows, or toys, it might be a sign that he or she is teething (1).

Trouble With Their Sleeping Patterns

Have you finally gotten your baby sleeping on a normal schedule? Well, not so lucky for you, your baby will probably deviate from this sleep pattern when teething begins. Due to the discomfort caused by the teething process, your baby will most likely wake up earlier and nap less (2).

Ear Pulling

You may find your baby tugging on his or her ears. Because the ears are located closely to the jaw, pulling on them creates counter pressure that helps soothe mouth pain (2).

Puffy or Swollen Gums

When the new teeth are about to appear, your baby’s gums might appear red or swollen. Unless your little one took a tumble and bruised his or her mouth area, this is usually a telltale sign of teething (3).

How Can You Help?

In addition to extra hugs and kisses, there are a few ways you can help sooth your baby’s pain! Always defer to your dentist and/or your doctor, but here are a few ideas as well.

Pressing a frozen washcloth against your infant’s mouth will help alleviate some of the pain, and even numb sore gums (3).

Distracting your baby is another way to ease the pain. Just like a mild headache or tummy ache, a distraction helps get the mind off the pain (3).

Serving your baby cold food and water can also help alleviate the aching; it serves as a numbing agent to a sore mouth. Some ideas include yogurt, applesauce, or even frozen fruits (1).

Because chewing offers counter pressure to aches inside the mouth, rubber teething toys are another key for soothing the pain. Teething toys and wet washcloths can help distract your baby and alleviate the aches (1).

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We Care About Your Child’s Dental Health

Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! When those pearly whites finally do come in for your infant, we want to help keep them healthy. We enjoy their first visits as early as age 3.

Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for everyone in the family.

Sources

  1. http://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/teething/
  2. https://www.mamanatural.com/7-signs-your-baby-is-teething/
  3. http://www.parenting.com/article/guide-teething-symptoms

How to Avoid 3 Strikes Against Your Teeth

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

One thing you shouldn’t see at this year’s All Star game held at Great American Ball Park?

Chewing tobacco!

That’s in part because in 2011, Major League Baseball stopped providing their players with smokeless tobacco. Then in 2012, restrictions on smokeless tobacco (which includes chewing tobacco) were implemented for baseball players at many ballparks, including Great American here in Cincinnati.

For years, Major League Baseball has seen the use of tobacco products by its players as a very negative choice for their overall health. They recognized that smokeless tobacco has at least 27 cancer-causing chemicals, and that it is known to directly cause cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas. Other effects include oral leukoplakia (white mouth lesions), gum disease, and major gum recession. There is evidence that supports the idea it increases the risks for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic conditions.

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In years past, professional baseball players have been known to use smokeless tobacco. The tie to tobacco in general was strong, even in baseball earliest days: in fact, trading cards were actually produced within cigarette packages. That kind of direct tie to tobacco existed before much was known about the consequences of tobacco.

Thankfully, today’s Major League Baseball players are often more educated about the extremely negative effects of smokeless tobacco, and more often than not, they recognize how they are role models for countless people.

Photo credit: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum In the early 1900s, Honus Wagner famously said he would not allow tobacco companies to print his trading card. His baseball card is now one of the rarest and most expensive cards in the world! Photo credit: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Knowing that many people pick up the negative habit by the time they are in high school—when they see their favorite athletes on TV and model their behavior—retired baseball player Sammy Sosa has been strong in his efforts to support tobacco prevention.

Part of that awareness and education was accelerated due to Tony Gwynn, a Major League player who unfortunately died of salivary gland cancer. Before his death, he said he believed it was from years of using chewing tobacco.

His death led to many baseball players, including Stephen Strasburg to quit the habit entirely, and to speak out about it. Strasburg has since said:

“It’s one of those things where I’ve done it for so long it’s just become a habit, a really bad habit…I think it’s a disgusting habit, looking back on it. I was pretty naive when I started. Just doing it here and there, I didn’t think it was going to be such an addiction. Bottom line is, I want to be around for my family.”

Despite so many players speaking out and being against the use of tobacco, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) says that children often chew tobacco from a young age because of modeling behavior they see, whether it is baseball or another sport.

It is reported that as much as 20 percent of boys in high school use chewing tobacco, and 1 out of 2 in that group develop pre-cancerous patches in their mouth as a result. Many of those tobacco users are boys who play on youth baseball teams.

A prevailing myth is that just because chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco does not impact the lungs, it is not as bad for you.

This myth could not be further from the truth!

The truth is that smokeless tobacco leads to higher incidences of cavities and oral cancer. Interestingly, out of a group of men in a study who gave up cigarettes for smokeless tobacco, they still had higher death rates from lung cancer after, according to the American Cancer Society.

Do you have a friend or relative who should read this blog post to know about the risks associated with smokeless tobacco? Be sure to send them information that can prevent them from taking on a bad habit.

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The ‘London Look’

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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You may know of the phrase the “London Look,” thanks to the Rimmel London ads often on TV featuring Georgia May Jagger, the daughter of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger. The slogan is meant to feature Jagger’s makeup, but for those who have seen the ads, they cannot help but think it represents another part of her appearance: her gap between her two front teeth!

What is the term for gaps in our teeth?

This term, formally known as diastema, is the term given to the space between teeth, in this case, the two front teeth.

Jagger is one of several celebrities that notoriously embrace this gap including Anna Paquin, Michael Strahan, Woody Harrelson, Madonna and Samuel L. Jackson.

Reasons why gaps in our teeth can occur include:

  • Gum disease that results in bone loss, or movement between front teeth
  • Oversized tissue that extending from inside of your upper lip to the gum just above 2 upper teeth
  • Habits such as thumb sucking that have affected teeth
  • Spaces causes by swallowing reflex over time

For many, the look can be a signature to them—meaning they have come to embrace the look in some ways…but what if, for a number of reasons, you want to fix the space that exists in your teeth?

Snap-On SmileTM Can Fix Gaps Between Your Teeth

Snap-On SmileTM gives you the ability to lose the gap or keep it when you want to. Featured previously in one of our blog posts, this custom-made, removable insert improves the cosmetic appearance of your teeth without any adhesives or glue. You can use it to hide diastema, missing teeth, chipped teeth or even discoloration. All you have to do is snap it over your teeth! This option avoids tooth drilling, shots, bonding, and best of all, it is affordable. Other benefits of Snap-On SmileTM   include:

  • Painless procedure
  • An easy process
  • Not invasive
  • You have choice over style and shade of your new smile—all of which will give you a natural look
  • Suitable for those who have an old-fashioned, removal partial denture

Ask us to learn more about achieving a great smile that you can have the ultimate confidence in with Snap-On SmileTM ! Thousands of people have used Snap-On SmileTM   to do just that!

To learn more about this option, you can check out our previous post or you can set up an appointment with us today at Hagen Dental.