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Is your child teething? If so, our Lonnie A. Anderson, DDS team has some information that will help you! There are many things you can do to soothe your teething baby. However, there are also things you should avoid doing to keep your child safe. To help you know what those things are, our dental team has provided the following lists:

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 as 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.

If you avoid the harmful tricks and use the helpful tricks, you’ll be on the right track toward soothing your child in the best possible ways. For more information and details about teething in Juneau, Alaska, please call our office today at 907-789-2066 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Lonnie Anderson. We are happy to help you!