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If you’ve ever raised a child, you probably know that teething can be an exciting and difficult time. Usually, your child’s first tooth will come in when they’re about four months old and will continue erupting until they’re about two years old. Sadly, teething can be very uncomfortable, but there are a few things you can do to make the experience easier for your little one.

As you may know, one thing you should do is give your child something to bite on. A teething ring or a cold waffle could help. You see, if your child is teething, and bites down on something cold, the tissue may break down and help the little one’s teeth erupt. Teething rings are also extremely useful because they can numb their gums and leave your baby even more comfortable.

You could also consider store bought medications. These medications, which are usually gels, can also numb the eruption site. However, please don’t use too much of this gel or you could accidentally numb your child’s entire mouth. If you aren’t interested in these medications, the vanilla extract may also help.

Finally, if your little one’s teeth are erupting, you may need to take extra steps to help your little one eat and drink. Chewing solid foods could be painful, but they may be willing to eat soft foods. You could also consider flavoring your little one’s water. You could also make your child more comfortable by distracting them. Watching videos or playing may work.

If you’re interested in learning more about helping your child stay comfortable while teething in Yakima, Washington, please feel free to give Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry a call at 509-248-2973. Our dentist Dr. Neal Smith, and our team will gladly address any of your concerns. We’re excited to hear from you.