Dental thrusts: true / false on the first teeth of Baby

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Closeup view on open mouth of baby. First teeth growing.

Your baby salutes, cries, bites all the small objects he finds. This may be the sign that he is making a tooth. Update on preconceived ideas about dental flare.

Baby is teething!

They appear around 6 months

True and false. There is no rule. The first bud can pierce the gum around 3-4 months in some infants, while others will have their first tooth only around 1 year or later. The time of appearance of the teeth varies according to the children, even if it seems that there is a family predisposition. In siblings, children can be expected to have their teeth at about the same age. On the other hand, the order of appearance is always the same: the first teeth to be released are in general the two lower central incisors.

The symptoms may occur before the tooth comes out.

True. Teething can occur weeks or even months before the tooth pierces. The discomfort that the baby feels at this time, and which is manifested by various signs (loss of appetite, loose stools, sleep disorders), is related to the progression of the tooth under the gum.

Flares give fever

False. Fever is wrongly attributed to dental flare-ups. In reality, it is the breakthroughs that can cause an increase in temperature when a small inflammation is created in the gum. This period lasts two to three days. You can give paracetamol if the fever is above 38.5 ° C or if the toddler is really embarrassed.


A child who is teething carries the objects to his mouth.

True and false. A teething baby nibbles object to calm down and often puts his fists in his mouth. But that’s not necessarily the sign that a tooth is coming. Around 3 months, the child begins to explore the world by biting everything he finds in his path. This is the “oral stage”, where the baby discovers the many possibilities offered by his mouth.

Diaper rash is associated with dental flare-ups.

True. A child who has a dental flush drools a lot, and this saliva, very acid once swallowed, causes an acidity of the stool which, in contact with the skin of the seat, causes a diaper rash.

They promote diseases.

True. The immunity of the oral cavity is weakened because all the local immunity is concentrated around the growing tooth, to the detriment of the ENT sphere. Colds, ear infections, nasopharyngitis are the most common infections.


Teething rings reduce pain.

True. Provided that they are filled with a coolant: the cold makes it possible to anesthetize the pain. You can also offer a piece of hard bread to your baby to calm him down. To avoid any danger of a false route, recover the bread before it is soft and detaches itself.

The cheeks are sometimes red.

True. The local inflammation due to the thrust of the tooth leads to vasodilation of the vessels in the cheeks, which is manifested by more or less intense redness. Because of the acidity of the saliva, the area around the mouth is also often red, especially if the baby has a pacifier that applies acid saliva against the skin.

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The gels are to be avoided.

False. Applying a soothing gel on the gums relieves pain. Just gently massage the gum with a dab of gel, several times a day. The child should not swallow the product because the risk of misdirection exists, even if it is minimal. In addition, be sure to use only one product indicated for dental flare.

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