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Teething can be a trying time for you and your child. However, there are things you can do to make it a little bit easier. On the flip side, there are also things you can do that will danger and harm your child. So, to help you soothe your child in the best and safest ways possible, our Premier Dental Care dental team encourages you to do the following things:

Don’t try this at home:

-Many people like to use amber teething necklaces. However, our team asks you not to. The necklace manufacturers claim that the stones release a pain-relieving substance that is sent into the bloodstream after transferring through the skin, but there is no scientific evidence that supports this theory. The beads in the necklace may also pose a choking hazard.

-Don’t use lidocaine. Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that can be toxic to young children and infants. Using this substance can result in seizures, brain damage, or even death.

Tried-and-true methods:

After washing your hands, use your fingers to massage your child’s gums. Be careful while doing so—it’s natural for your child to bite you.

Put a spoon in the refrigerator or freezer for a moment to let it cool. Then, place the spoon in your child’s mouth. Put it on the sensitive gums.

While watching your child closely, let them chew on a cold washcloth.

Before giving your child their binky, chill it in the refrigerator.

Give your child a teething ring to bite on whenever they feel is necessary.

For more information, tips, and details about teething in Nampa, Idaho, please call our office today at 208-466-6161 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Joel R. Bingham, or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!