Pediatric Dentistry in Katy, TX

At Katy Kids Dentist, you can think of us as partners in fostering your child's dental development. We're passionate about the work we do, and we're proud to offer a variety of high-quality dental pediatric treatments to help all of our patients grow up to have healthy, beautiful smiles. We're a resource to you from the day your baby is born to the day they finally have a full set of adult teeth – and that's especially true during the teething phase.

Growing Pains

Teething.Your child's first tooth is an exciting milestone: it's the beginning of their growth towards a beautiful, healthy smile they can call their own. But as many parents know, it can also be a harrowing experience. Teething is the process of your child's baby teeth breaking through the gums, or erupting, and while the process is perfectly natural, it can also cause considerable discomfort and pain for the child.

Spotting the Signs of Teething

If the kind, nice, sweet baby you've known for months has suddenly turned into an irritable ball of fury, don't worry: it's not your baby's fault, it's just their teeth. There are a number of things to watch out for to spot the signs of teething, and some of the most common indicators include:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Irritability

  • Ear rubbing

  • Upset sleep cycles

  • Drooling

  • Chin rash (this is caused by excessive drooling)

  • Swollen and irritated gums

You may see signs like these around four days before a tooth breaks through the gums, and you can expect them to continue for at least three days after the tooth surfaces. Although it's less common, you may notice something called an "eruption cyst" as well. This is a small, bubble-like pouch of swelling, filled with liquid, that forms over the erupting tooth. It's nothing to worry about and doesn't require treatment, as the tooth will just pop the cyst when it erupts - but it might cause extra discomfort for your child.

If you see signs of diarrhea, rashes outside the chin, or fever, these likely don't come from teething, so please report them to your pediatrician.

Helping Your Baby Teeth

Thankfully, there are things you can do to soothe the gums (and the temper) of your teething baby. Here are some great tools and techniques you can apply to sore, teething gums:

  • Chilled pacifiers

  • Wet, cold washcloths or soft towels

  • Chilled teething rings (but avoid teething biscuits)

  • A cold spoon

  • Massage the gums with a clean finger

Be mindful, however, to never actually freeze a teething ring, pacifier, or spoon, as this can be painful and burn the gums. You should also never apply whiskey or any other alcohol to the gums - this outdated "remedy" is ineffective and not appropriate for a developing baby. You can also use over the counter pain medications, but talk with your pediatrician about selecting the right medication and the right dosage.

Contact Your Katy, TX Pediatric Dentist

As always, you can consider us a resource through every aspect of the teething process and beyond. If you ever have any questions about your child's dental development or want to bring them in for a visit, just give us a call at 281-712-8002, shoot us an email at info@katykidsdentist.com, or reach out to us at our contact page.