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First teeth

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Teething is the formation and development process of the first teeth within the oral cavity.

The milk teeth (or first teeth) begin to appear around 6-7 months, and the process is usually complete at around the age of 3. While the definitive teeth begin to appear at the age of 6.

The appearance of milk teeth is a big change in the baby's life. From this moment on, they will be able to bite and grind with their teeth, which will lead to a significant transformation in their diet. This process begins with the appearance of the incisors, which are very useful when it comes to chewing vegetables and soft foods, and continues with the molars and canines, necessary for the consumption of meat and other more consistent foods.

What are the symptoms?

The teething process is occasionally associated with an inflammation of the gums and pain and, in addition, it tends to manifest itself with general discomfort.

In this sense, it is common for the pain of the teeth coming out to cause babies to drool more heavily than usual, unusual irritability, inconsolable crying and decreased appetite. Sometimes their sleep can be disturbed and they may get diarrhoea.

How to calm the pain associated with the first teeth coming through

The following tips will help ease the pain of the first teeth coming through in babies:

However, in order to be effective, it is key that these products for calming the pain of the first teeth contain non-toxic softening and decongestant substances. Among them, high molecular weight hyaluronic acid stands out.

In these cases, the paediatrician can assess the possibility of prescribing analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs orally.

When should children be taken to the dentist for the first time?

Oral health and the mouth's appropriate development are part of the child's general health. From birth, the oral cavity must be explored to detect possible abnormalities. If there are no alterations, a good time to start visits to the dentist would be when the first teeth begin to emerge (at 6 months - 1 year).

Subsequently, when their second teeth are coming through, periodic check-ups are also essential. These visits should be carried out throughout childhood and adolescence.

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