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Has your baby cut his first tooth yet? Strangely enough, your baby’s teeth began forming in the early months of your pregnancy, but they won’t actually show up until baby’s 5 or 6 months old, or sometimes much later.
Even if he’s still all gums, your baby could be teething; the process actually begins one to three months before the first teeth actually show up. Symptoms include major drooling, an occasional cough (triggered by excessive saliva), chin rash (saliva again), swelling of the gums, and fussiness while feeding. Your baby will want to chew everything he can get his mouth on, so be sure to have safe and soothing stuff on hand: teething toys, chilled rubber teething rings, or a cold, clean baby washcloth.
Before the first teeth break through the gums, you should start implementing some good dental hygiene habits. Keep baby’s gums (and any tiny teeth) clean by wiping them with a damp cloth or using a baby toothbrush with toothpaste designed for infants, which he can swallow without problems. It’ll clean the remnants of food and milk out of his mouth, and it’ll get him used to the feel of having his teeth cleaned. That’ll mean fewer struggles when teeth come in and you need to get more serious about brushing later on.
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