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I’m a dentist – at what age do babies start teething and what can you do to help with the pain

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It’s hard to ignore constant crying and sucking on almost anything, which are pretty good signs that your baby might be teething.

But it’s good to know your baby’s vital stages and at what age they enter each one.

Babies usually start teething around six months, but this can vary

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Babies usually start teething around six months, but this can varyCredit: Getty

“The most common age for teething is around six months,” said Dr Khaled Kasem, head orthodontist at the Impress orthodontic chain.

“When it comes to tooth development, however, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

“Some babies don’t have teeth until they’re 12 months old, while some are born with teeth.”

The lower front teeth – known as lower incisors – tend to come through first.

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“But you’ll have to wait a little longer for the second molars (back teeth) because they usually don’t appear until the child is three years old,” said Dr. Kasem.

What symptoms to look for and how to ease the pain

Aside from the obvious discomfort, Dr. Azad Eyrumlu, oral surgery specialist and co-founder of Banning Dental Group, said there are some key symptoms to look out for.

“Excessive drooling, a slight increase in temperature, and chewing on toys or other objects more than usual,” he said.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to help your child get relief.

“There are a range of dental gels, oral oils and granules widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets that are rubbed directly onto the gums to help numb the affected area,” he said.

“Brands like Anbesol and Bonjela are some of the more trusted products, but read the directions before giving it to your child.”

In addition, cold objects often help soothe pain and, more importantly, promote good sleep.

A metal spoon or a chilled damp cloth are both great options.

“But put them in the fridge, not the freezer, so the temperature isn’t too extreme,” he said.

Applying gentle pressure to the gums with a clean finger will also help offer some relief, while some natural remedies may also work.

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Dr. Eyrumlu recommends cold chamomile tea—either in small sips or by gently rubbing the affected area—and breastfeeding.

“If the child remains restless, appropriate over-the-counter medications such as Calpol can help relieve pain and promote sleep,” he said.

There are plenty of remedies to help soothe baby's teething gums

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There are plenty of remedies to help soothe baby’s teething gumsCredit: Getty

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