Need advice on Teething?

Find out more following my ‘Teething’ event this month

26th February 2018



I get asked about Teething so much so it was easy to decide the topic for our next event. I had a fantastic time meeting lovely parents and babies at my ‘Teething’ event with colleague Joanne ‘The Ealing Mummy’ at the fab Grove pub in Ealing. As well as useful info everyone came away with a wonderful goody bag filled with great goodies from Babease, Brush BabyNibbling teething jewellery, Vitabiotics, Bibetta.

We had a taster session with Helly from Monkey Music Ealing and Acton, which was great fun and enjoyed by the parents and babies alike!

Joanne talked about Dental Health. She advised Ealing has the worst dental health in London! 1 in 4 children have tooth decay and admission to hospital for dental extractions is the biggest reason for children age 5-9 to be admitted. Scary and horrifying stats so good dental care start here! Once your baby starts to gets a tooth, start to use a toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day. Let your baby hold their toothbrush so they get used to the feel of it – even if they do not actually help brushing their teeth with it! Remember there is no place for juice in children’s diet, they will get natural sugar from fruit and naturally in food.



Here is some of the info I covered in the event about teething and in my next blog I will discuss the best ways to soothe Teething:


A little bit about teething:

  • Babies develop at different rates. Some do not have a tooth until over a year, while others can be born with a tooth!

  • The first teeth to come through are usually the front top and bottom teeth

  • There are 20 teeth to come through and they are usually present by 3 years

  • Some babies have very little discomfort while others find it a painful experience. They may be unsettled intermittently as the tooth travels down the gum

  • Sometimes you can feel the tooth starting to come through if you run your finger along the gum or you may see a white tooth appearing

  • As the tooth forces its way through the gum the soft sensitive tissues can become inflamed, sore, swollen and tender


The main signs of teething are:

  • Flushed, warm and slightly swollen cheek

  • Excessive drooling or dribbling – you will need lots of bibs!

  • The baby chewing, gnawing, and rubbing their gums with their hands, their cup, bottle or toy

  • The baby showing signs of discomfort – crying, decreased appetite, irritable, sleep disturbance

  • Teething can be associated with diarrhoea and a slight increase in temperature. Both symptoms should be mild. If you are concerned or the baby has any other symptoms seek advice from your Health Visitor or GP


Top tips from my lovely Dentist, Dr Pavan Bopanna:

  • Symptomatic treatment like mild pressure on the area and use of teethers can be helpful

  • Keep all sheets and blankets clean as babies tend to bite and chew on it

  • Paracetamol (Calpol) is generally safe and helps reduce pain and discomfort

  • Pain and discomfort will go away in 1-3 days, however it can carry on for up to a week per tooth in severe cases


Are Dummies Helpful?

  • There is evidence to suggest that it has a very soothing effect and helps babies calm down

  • We suggest it is best not to use anything as it may cause the shape of the upper jaw and teeth to procline (Move forward)

  • However it is better than thumb or digit sucking because it is easier to stop and get rid off than thumb sucking. We suggest you break the habit as soon as possible


The Butts Dental Practice:
Brown & Bopanna associates,
10, Boston Manor Road,
Brentford TW8 8DL
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 0208 5602583


I hope this has been helpful as a starting point to discuss Teething and next time the all-important ways that can sooth teething, including some brilliant food ideas!

Let me know if you have any queries or ideas.

Katherine x


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