AAPD President Featured as BabyCenter Expert
February 9, 2015 12:23 PM
AAPD President Dr. Edward Moody contributed a bylined article to BabyCenter titled, "Teething 101: Tips from a dentist and dad," as part of our National Children’s Dental Health Month outreach.
According to the article:
"Teething typically begins when a baby is between six and eight months old, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 to 14 months. The two bottom front teeth (lower incisors) usually come in first and next to grow in are usually the two top front teeth (upper incisors). Then, the other incisors, lower and upper molars, canines, and finally the upper and lower second molars typically grow. All 20 baby teeth should be in place by the time a child is around two and a half years.
In preparation for teething, it’s best to educate yourself on what to expect and what you can safely do to help your child. Starting at the age of six months, signs to look for are irritability, accompanied by a lot of biting or chewing on hard objects and drooling. Other signs include gum swelling and tenderness; refusing food; and – as mentioned earlier – disrupted sleep."
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