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Teething tips — Plus, what not to do

As teeth come in, babies may have sore or tender gums. To help your baby feel better, you can:

  • Gently rub your baby’s gums with clean, wet gauze, or your finger, or a small, cool spoon.

  • Give them a clean, chilled (not frozen) teething ring — but don’t dip it in anything sweet or in other foods.

  • If your baby is still cranky and uncomfortable, talk to their dentist or pediatrician.

DO NOT use benzocaine-containing over-the-counter teething products such as Anbesol, Hurricane, Orajel, Baby Orajel and Orabase and some prescription products to soothe sore gums in young children. These products can cause serious reactions in children. Details are available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at


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Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience.


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