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Is your child growing their little teeth? If so, this is probably a difficult time for you as well as for your child. No matter which tooth is coming in, it can be a painful process, with many sleepless nights and a clingy child. To help you and your child through this time, Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi and our dental team have some tips for you.

Tip No. 1: You can soothe your child’s discomfort by massaging your child’s gums with your finger. After you wash your hands, of course.

Tip No. 2: Put a spoon in the refrigerator until it’s cool and let your child chew on it. This can comfort the sensitive gum tissues.

Tip No. 3: Chill your child’s pacifier or teething ring in the refrigerator before giving it to them. This can also soothe sensitive tissues and put pressure on the mouth as necessary.

Tip No. 4: Don’t let your child chew on amber teething necklaces and don’t give your child lidocaine. The amber teething necklaces are advertised as releasing a substance that relieves pain, but there is no scientific evidence to back that up. The necklaces can also be a choking hazard. The lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that can be poisonous to infants and young children. It can cause seizures, brain damage, and death.

If you have any questions about how to help your teething child in San Diego, California, please call Soudabeh Sharafi DMD at 858-259-1400. Our dental team will be more than happy to talk with you and share the tips you need to comfort and soothe your teething child. We look forward to hearing from you!