Ask the Dentist: What are the Best Natural Teething Remedies?

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If you're looking for natural teething remedies, a dentist understands everything there is to know about teeth, which is why so many people are asking their dentist for their advice on teething remedies. Teething in babies tends to start right around the age of six or seven months. It is often easy for parents to know when their baby is teething, as they will exhibit one or more of the following signs: drooling, irritability, not eating, biting, chewing or sucking on everything. Since it usually takes a couple of years for all of their primary teeth to grow in, finding a teething remedy that works should be a top priority for parents.

What to know about teething

Using over-the-counter teething options for babies is no longer recommended, as the ingredients in these products can be dangerous for both babies and children. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now warns parents against using any over the counter topical medications for soothing their baby's discomfort. Even prescription teething gels are no longer recommended, as well as homeopathic teething options. Ingredients like benzocaine, viscous lidocaine and belladonna can pose a health risk to babies and therefore should be completely avoided.

What are the best natural teething remedies?

The best natural teething remedies are ones that do not include any harmful ingredients. Of course, the best natural teething remedy is going to be one that works for a particular baby's teething problems. It may take parents a few tries to find a natural teething remedy that works for their baby, but with a little time and effort, they will find at least one that works to soothe their baby.

The following is a list of dentist-recommended teething remedies:

  • Gently massaging the gums is ideal when it comes to giving a baby the relief they need when teething. Simply use a clean finger or a soft washcloth to rub their gums.
  • Making baby-friendly popsicles not only gives babies relief due to the cold, soothing properties, but making the popsicles using baby-friendly ingredients can also provide them with additional benefits. Ideas include chamomile tea and Baltic amber.
  • Using a wooden teether allows for a firm biting surface and does not include any harmful ingredients like plastic teethers.
  • Using a mesh feeder allows babies to chew on healthy food choices to relieve their pain like apples and grapes vs. chewing on store-bought teething biscuits.

Which natural teething remedy will you use?

Asking a dentist for their advice on which natural teething remedies you should use to help relieve your baby’s discomfort and pain while teething is always a good idea. It is simply not worth the risk to try any over-the-counter, options as many of the ingredients included are considered to be dangerous to your baby's health. It is important for parents to understand that both they and their baby will get through this difficult time. With the right advice and direction from a dentist, parents can provide their babies with safe teething options that work, which is going to make both baby and parents happy.

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