It’s a beautiful, exciting milestone; your baby is cutting their first tooth – however, for both child, and parent, it can also be a stressful, and rather noisy, event!
Whether you are experiencing teething with your first little one, or bulk-buying teething rings for the second time, the process can be a bit of an emotional whirlwind, with contrasting advice from the internet and baby books only confusing matters.
Here at Bonbino Baby, we’ve taken the time to find and bust those common teething misconceptions, so you have all the information you need in one place!
You shouldn’t brush your child’s teeth until they are 2 years old.
Dental hygiene is important from any age, and although your little one’s gums might be tender due to the teething process, they still need ongoing care to ensure long-lasting health. You can use a drop of toothpaste on your finger to massage into the gums and clean the teeth as they start to appear – when it comes to teeth, start as you mean to go on!
If a baby starts having cavities in his teeth, it’s fine to leave – they’re going to fall out anyway.
The teeth may be temporary, but the cavities can lead to nasty infections and further discomfort for the child. It is important to attend regular check-ups, and visit your dentist if there is any sign of a problem – the quicker you deal with a dental problem, the easier it will be to manage.
Teething can cause upset tummies, fevers and rashes.
The upsetting reaction of your child during the teething process may lead you to believe there is more going on; it’s clearly an uncomfortable process. However, symptoms of teething are relatively mild and often include drooling and grouchiness (although if you were cutting 20 teeth, you would probably feel a little grouchy too!) Any other side-effects have been shown to be unrelated; if your baby has a fever, it is important to get in touch with a healthcare professional, as it may be a sign of fighting an infection.
There is an age limit on when the teeth should come through
The average age for the bottom middle teeth to appear is 4-6 months, however, they can come out earlier or later – it really depends on the child. There have been known cases of teething not starting until the child is 1 year old – be patient, it will happen.
Using BPA-free teething products is an easy and effective way of soothing any discomfort your little one may be experiencing during the teething process.
Our teething rings are mom-approved and have been tried and tested by our own Bonbino family – so we know that they work! You can view our teething rings here.