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As you may already know, there are tricks you can use to soothe your teething baby. However, along with the good tricks, there are also bad tricks that can harm your child. So, to help you know the beneficial and harmful teething tricks in the world today, our Island Dental dental team has provided the following lists:

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.

Your dentist, Dr. Naman B. Patel, and our team recommend that you use the beneficial tricks and avoid the harmful tricks as often as possible. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about teething in Gilbert, Arizona, please call our office today at 480-719-7941 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We look forward to helping you!