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6 Common Teething Symptoms

How do you know if your baby is teething? What symptoms should you look out for? Here are some teething symptoms to keep an eye out for:

Drooling. It's hard to believe so much fluid can come from the mouths of tiny babies, but teething stimulates drooling, which usually starts from about 10 weeks to three or four months of age or older.
Teething rash. If your teething baby is drooling, the constant drip may cause chafing, chapping, redness and rashes around their mouth and chin.
Coughing and/or gag reflex. All that drool can make babies gag and cough but it's not a cause for concern if your baby has no other signs of cold, flu or allergies.
Biting. Pressure from teeth poking through under their gums can cause a baby a lot of discomfort. This can be relieved by chewing and biting, usually babies will chew on whatever they can find to relieve the pain.
Crying. Some babies breeze through teething with hardly a whimper, while others suffer from a good deal of pain due to the inflammation of tender gum tissue. First teeth usually hurt the most (as do the molars, because they're bigger), although most babies eventually get used to what teething feels like and aren't quite so bothered later on. Talk to your doctor about when to offer pain relievers.
Irritability. Some babies may be irritable for just a few hours, but others can stay fussy for days or even weeks as those little teeth press on the gum and poke through the surface.

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Tooth Erosion

Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity.

Causes of tooth erosion

  • Excessive soft drink consumption
  • Fruit drinks
  • Dry mouth or low salivary flow
  • Diet
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Medications
  • friction, wear and tear, stress, and corrosion
  • Genetics

How to prevent tooth erosion

  • Eliminate highly acidic foods and drinks from your diet such as carbonated sodas, lemons, and other citrus fruits and juices. Rinse your mouth immediately with clear water after eating acidic foods or drinking acidic drinks.
  • Use a straw when you drink acidic drinks. The straw pushes the liquid to the back of your mouth, avoiding your teeth.
  • Monitor snacks. Snacking throughout the day increases the chance of tooth decay. The mouth is acidic for a few hours after eating foods high in sugar and starches. Avoid snacking unless you’re able to rinse or brush teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum between meals. Chewing gum boosts saliva production up to 10 times the normal flow.
  • Drink more water throughout the day, especially if your mouth is dry
  • Use fluoride toothpaste

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