Plum Baby – Organic Baby Foods | Toddlers, Kids Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:49:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The truth about teething! Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:12:39 +0000 Amanda Hayes baby first teeth teething

 Teething is the process by which a baby’s first teeth (the deciduous teeth, often called “baby teeth” or “milk teeth”) emerge through the gums, typically arriving in pairs. Teething can start as early as three months or as late as twelve months, but typically the first teeth appear between six and nine months. By the time a child is 2 years old, all 20 baby teeth will be present. 

Every child’s experience of teething is different; some sail through, whilst for others teething can be a trauma with sore gums, sleepless nights, tears, and fussing from all concerned. However, there are many things you can do to mitigate and even prevent this – the aim is to be prepared.

Lucky for us, Brush-Baby are here to help! They’re specialists in early-years toothcare, and they’ve compiled a very interesting list of the most common myths – and some truths about teething. 

Teeth do NOT ‘cut’ through the gums 

There is a long-held and generally-believed myth that teething pain is caused by babies’ teeth “cutting” through the gums. This is not biologically true. The teeth do not actually cut through the flesh. Instead, special chemicals are released that cause the cells in the gums to separate, allowing the new teeth to come through. This process of the gums receding to make way for new teeth should not be painful (although there may be some discomfort, which is why toddlers like to chew on the area). It is also often accompanied by lots of dribbling due to increased saliva – which (despite all the extra laundry) is actually a good thing, as this helps to flush the area and keep the gums clean.

What causes the teething pain that some children experience?

Pain during teething is generally due to inflammation and infection of the gum tissue – not the tooth! This can be caused by bacteria and food getting caught in tiny gum flaps around the emerging tooth. Therefore, the best way to prevent teething pain is to keep baby’s gums and those new emerging teeth as clean as possible.

What about traditional teething remedies?

Many parents apply medicines to babies’ gums to relieve swelling and pain. These gels and powders are similar to the toothache gels and powders used by adults, but are administered in much smaller doses. They work as a numbing agent to dull the nerves in the gums so that the pain is less noticeable. However, these only address the symptoms, not the root cause, so the pain is likely to return unless you address the root cause: the bacteria irritating the gums.

Teething doesn’t cause illness!

It’s tempting to draw your own conclusions when your teething baby feels poorly, but there’s no evidence that teething causes illness. A whole range of symptoms including fever, irritability, sleeplessness, diarrhoea, vomiting, colds, difficulty with eating etc. are often mistakenly blamed on teething, but this is not the case. However, teething can coincide with the time that toddlers are beginning to lose their protective maternal antibodies against infection and build up their own – which makes them more susceptible to infection and minor illnesses. So if your child is very unwell, don’t dismiss it as “just the teething” – your best bet is to book an appointment with your GP if you’re concerned.

Tiny teeth and gums don’t have to be hard to clean

To keep your baby’s gums and new teeth healthy, they need to be cleaned every day. Luckily, it’s simple to do: just use a clean gauze pad and some cooled, boiled water (or specially designed baby Dental Wipes), lie your baby down and gently wipe over the gums. Cleaning your baby’s gums will reduce the build-up of bacteria and food, creating a cleaner environment for those new baby teeth. Once your little one has a tooth or two, you’ll need to brush them daily, but continue to clean the gums also. Brushing can be done with a regular toothbrush, or you can use our specially designed Chewable Toothbrushes, which clean both teeth and gums. When brushing babies’ teeth, always make sure you use only a smear of fluoride toothpaste that is correct for their age, and a toothbrush designed for their age group.

Brush-Baby are experts in early years tooth care. They provide dental-care products for babies, toddlers and young children. Visit their website:



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