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Is your child struggling through the teething phase? If so, our Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD dental team has some information that can help you! There are things you can do to comfort and help your child as their teeth grow into place. However, there are also things you should avoid doing if you want to keep your child safe. The information you need is here:

Don’t try this at home:

-Don’t use amber teething necklaces. The brand claims that the necklaces release a pain-relieving substance that is absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, but there is no scientific evidence that that is true. The beads in the necklace might also pose a choking hazard.

-Don’t use lidocaine. This is a topical anesthetic that can be poisonous to infants and young children. It can also lead to seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Tried-and-true methods:

After washing your hands, massage your child’s gums with your finger. Be cautious of biting.

Put a spoon in the refrigerator or freezer. When it’s cool, place it in your child’s mouth on the sensitive area of the gums.

Let your child chew on a cold washcloth—but only under close supervision.

Chill your child’s pacifier in the refrigerator before you give it to your child.

Let your child chew and bite on a teething ring.

Please feel free to use these tips as much as you need. Your dentist, Dr. Vincent Mayher, and our dental team care about you, your child, and both of your smiles, so we are here to help you in any way we can. If you have any questions or if you would like more details, please remember that you can always call our office at 856-429-0404 and talk to a member of our team. You can also bring your child into the office if you have any concerns. We’re happy to help you!