Teething is a milestone in a child's development, but a troubling time for both babies and parents. As the first teeth emerge, babies may experience pain and swelling of the gums. The first set of teeth, the central incisors, either upper or lower, usually appear between the ages of 4 and 7 months. The teething process can last until the child reaches 3 years of age.
Some babies experience no pain while others suffer from pain that can last for weeks. Some methods to reduce the pain of teething include the following:
Early hygiene is important for healthy teeth development. It is recommended for children to see a dentist by the age of one, when they typically have 6 to 8 teeth.