Make use of teething gels to help numb the gum area. Consider teething rings – particularly those that can be cooled in the freezer. Children’s liquid paracetamol or Ibuprofen can help, but always ensure that you follow the instructions and keep to the correct dosage.
In a word, no. The tooth may straighten naturally as the other teeth come through, but even if it doesn’t, it can be corrected using orthodontic braces treatment at a later date. In the meantime, your dentist should monitor the situation during your child’s routine dental check-ups.
This may correct itself without intervention as the baby tooth will become loose and fall out naturally. On other occasions, it may help to extract the baby tooth to allow sufficient room for the permanent tooth to grow. If you are concerned in any way, you can always book for a dentist to have a look.
Around six months is generally a good age for a first appointment. But a good rule of thumb is to come and see us once the first few baby teeth have come through – or by their first birthday at the very latest.
Baby’s first appointment is about us all getting to know each other. If your little one is comfortable, your dentist will have a quick look in their mouth and gently feel around the gum line. But it’s much more about learning about your baby’s habits, routine and things that might affect their dental health.
Book in regular check-ups every six months from when your baby starts teething. This won’t just help us to keep an eye on their progress and spot things like tooth decay early – it also establishes a positive routine from the start. Generally, the more familiar and normal we can make things, the better.
Children are naturally confident if their environment feels safe and familiar. So, we make the practice feel like a fun, welcoming place to be. Some children also find it beneficial to bring a favourite toy or comforter to make themselves feel more at home.
If a child is ever really uncomfortable or refuses to open their mouth, we will just talk to them. Reassure them. Remain on their level and get them to a place where they’ll be more willing next time.