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Teething is a tough phase for you and your baby. It involves a lot of crying, drooling and biting. But did you know there are things you can do to make the teething phase a bit easier? Well, it’s true. There are also tricks that can harm your child. So, to help you know the worst and best teething tricks, our Flemington Dental Arts team has provided the following information:

Don’t try this at home:

-The manufacturers of amber teething necklaces claim that the stones on the jewelry release a pain-relieving substance that is absorbed into the bloodstream once it passes through the skin. However, there is no scientific evidence that this is true. The beads in the necklace also pose a choking hazard.

-Lidocaine is another product to avoid. This topical anesthetic can be poisonous to infants and young children. It can lead to seizures, brain damage, or even death.

Tried-and-true methods:

It helps to massage your child’s gums with your fingers—after you’ve washed your hands, of course. Just be careful while doing so—it’s natural for your child to bite your fingers.

Chill a spoon and then hold it to the sensitive area of the gums.

Under close supervision, let your child chew on a cold washcloth.

Put your child’s binky in the refrigerator before you give it to them. This will chill the pacifier and provide relief.

Let your child bite on a teething ring.

If you use the best tricks and avoid the harmful tricks, you’ll be on your way to a better and easier teething phase for you and your baby. For more teething tips in Flemington, New Jersey, please call our office today at 908-788-1661. Your dentist, Dr. Guy M. Bennett, and our dental team are happy to help you!