4 Signs of Teething in Newborns

4 Signs of Teething in Newborns

As parents, we strive to provide the best care for our little ones, ensuring their health and well-being every step of the way. One essential aspect of early childhood development is dental care, and that includes recognizing the signs of teething in newborns. 

Teething is a natural process that marks the eruption of your baby’s first set of teeth, and being aware of the signs can help you provide the necessary comfort and support during this phase.

In this article, we’ll explore the four common signs of teething in newborns, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to navigate this phase with confidence. 

Common Signs of Teething

Teething is a natural process that every child goes through, but it can be challenging for both infants and parents. By recognizing the signs of teething, you can provide the necessary support and relief for your little one. 

Let’s explore the four common signs of teething in newborns:

Sign 1: Increased Irritability and Fussiness

Teething can cause discomfort and soreness in your baby’s gums, leading to increased irritability and fussiness. You may notice that your little one becomes more irritable than usual, experiencing difficulty in calming down or being easily agitated. They may also have trouble sleeping, causing disruptions in their usual sleep patterns.

To help soothe your baby’s teething pain, try gently massaging their gums with a clean finger or a cool, damp cloth. You can also offer them a teething ring or a chilled, but not frozen, teething toy to chew on. The pressure helps alleviate the discomfort and provides some relief.

Sign 2: Excessive Drooling

Excessive drooling is another telltale sign of teething. Your baby’s mouth produces more saliva during this period, leading to drooling that may soak their clothes or create a constant stream of drool. Excessive moisture around the mouth can sometimes cause irritation, so it’s important to keep their skin dry to prevent any rashes or chafing.

To manage excessive drooling, gently wipe your baby’s chin and mouth with a soft cloth throughout the day. You can also use a drool bib to keep their clothes dry and comfortable. Remember to avoid using plastic bibs as they can trap moisture and potentially cause skin irritation.

Sign 3: Swollen or Sensitive Gums

Teething can cause inflammation and sensitivity in your baby’s gums. You may notice that their gums appear red, swollen, and even slightly bruised in some cases. Your baby may express discomfort when you touch or apply pressure to their gums. To ease gum discomfort, provide gentle relief by using a clean finger to apply light pressure on their gums. You can also try giving them a cold teething ring or a teething toy that has been refrigerated (not frozen) to help reduce inflammation. Avoid using teething gels or medications without consulting your pediatric dentist or healthcare provider.

Sign 4: Increased Biting and Chewing

When babies are teething, they often find relief by biting and chewing on objects. They may gnaw on their fingers, toys, or even household items. This behaviour is their way of soothing their sore gums and counteracting the pressure caused by the erupting teeth.

To fulfil their natural urge to bite, offer safe teething toys specifically designed for this purpose. Look for toys made of non-toxic, BPA-free materials that are easy for your baby to hold and chew on. Avoid items that are small enough to pose a choking hazard or have sharp edges.

By being attentive to these four signs of teething, you can provide the necessary care and comfort to your teething baby. Remember, every child is unique, and their teething experience may vary. Patience, understanding, and a well-prepared toolkit of teething remedies will go a long way in helping your little one through this phase.

In the next section, we will discuss the importance of maintaining oral hygiene during teething and the significance of regular dental check-ups for your child’s dental health.

Caring for a Teething Infant

During the teething phase, it’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene to ensure your baby’s dental health remains optimal. Here are some essential tips to help you care for your teething infant:

Oral Hygiene Practices:

  1. Start cleaning your baby’s gums even before the first tooth appears. Use a soft, damp cloth or a silicone finger brush to gently wipe their gums after feedings.
  2. Once the first tooth erupts, begin brushing it with an infant-sized toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste. Use gentle, circular motions to clean all tooth surfaces.
  3. As more teeth emerge, gradually increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized portion. Ensure you use fluoride toothpaste appropriate for your child’s age.
  4. Brush your baby’s teeth twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime, to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine from an early age.

Proper Diet:

  1. Avoid sugary foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay. Opt for nutritious, balanced meals and snacks that support your baby’s overall health.
  2. Limit or avoid giving your baby sugary drinks such as juice or soda. Instead, encourage them to drink water, which is essential for hydration and oral health.
  3. If you choose to give your baby a pacifier, select one that is orthodontically designed and does not contain added sugars or sweeteners.

Regular Dental Check-ups:

  1. Schedule your baby’s first dental visit within six months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
  2. Regular dental check-ups allow the pediatric dentist to monitor your child’s oral health, provide preventive care, and address any concerns or issues promptly.
  3. Your pediatric dentist can offer guidance on proper oral care techniques, recommend fluoride treatments if necessary, and assess the need for dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth from decay.

If you liked this blog, check out this one on, “When to Start Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth: A Guide for Parents.”

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Dr. Amanda Huminicki

BScDent, MScDent, DMD
I love working with children, which is why I have so much fun as a pediatric dentist. I taught children dance lessons while in school, and knew that I wanted to keep working with kids as a dentist. I’m lucky to have the privilege of laughing and sharing joy with my patients, and I enjoy watching them grow up into amazing young adults. I find it so rewarding to be part of a fantastic team that helps kids learn about their oral health and have a positive experience at the dentist.


  • Bachelor of Science degree (Dentistry), University of Manitoba
  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree, University of Manitoba
  • Masters of Science degree (Dentistry), University of Manitoba

Continuing Education

I enjoy keeping current in the field of pediatric dentistry and getting together with colleagues to learn and share experiences. I attend many courses and conferences each year and am a member of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • York Region Dental Society

In the Practice

I’m so fortunate to work with a fantastic group of people at KDG! The entire team is so caring and dedicated to providing the best possible care to our patients, and we have a lot of fun together at work. It’s a joy to work closely with such talented and knowledgeable people who also have incredibly kind hearts. Our patients and their families are so much fun to interact with, and there’s always a positive and upbeat feeling in the clinic.

Family and Community

I recently moved to Toronto from Winnipeg with my husband and am really enjoying getting to know my new community. The city is so exciting and I’m having fun exploring Toronto and all the amazing communities nearby. I enjoy staying active, and can usually be found running, at spin class, doing yoga, or walking outside on a nice day. I also love spending time with my family and friends, and try to see them as much as possible.

Dr. Krista Lee

BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
I am enthusiastic and passionate about what I do and I feel very lucky to be an orthodontist. I get to meet new people every day in the office, and I always learn a lot about them. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive way.Because I see my patients every month for a couple of years, I really get a chance to get to know them, watching the young ones grow and mature. It makes me the happiest when a patient comes in and is excited be here and wants to share good news with me, like graduating, getting straight A’s, or their first goal at a soccer game. They know that I’m interested in them, I care, and I am proud of their accomplishments.

I appreciate that they are willing to let me help them with their smiles, and that they are willing to do their part, too. It’s a team effort because the orthodontist, the patient, the family, and the staff all have to work together to create beautiful smiles!


  • Bachelors of Science, University of Western Ontario
  • Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
  • General Practice Residency, University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital
  • Orthodontic Specialty, New York University in Manhattan
  • Board Eligible for the American Board of Orthodontists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Continuing Education

During my time at New York University, I was an instructor for the Invisalign® course for dental students, and the orthodontic course for the dental honors students. I’ve learned so much during my education and enjoy sharing this knowledge with my patients and staff.

I’ve also published research in the American Journal of Orthodontics, Journal of Canadian Dentistry, and Oral Health. Our profession is moving toward evidenced-based practices and I think it’s very important to help support this.

While practicing as a general dentist, I had the opportunity to provide dental care to the First Nations’ population in the Northwest Territories, Northern Manitoba, and the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC. I also had the opportunity to provide dental outreach to children’s hospitals and orphanages in Vietnam and Cambodia, which was very rewarding. Locally, LA Orthodontics is proud to support the Sick Kids Foundation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association for Orthodontics
  • American Association for Orthodontics
  • Northeastern Society for Orthodontics

Family and Community

I grew up in Vancouver, BC, and am very excited to be part of the Stouffville community! We have recently joined the Whitchurch-Stouffville Chamber of Commerce and I have met many great people and everyone has been very welcoming. My family in Vancouver includes my parents, younger brother and sister, and my older brother in Singapore. All of us are very close and get along well. In my spare time, I enjoy ballet, travel, cooking, and snorkeling.

Dr. Edina Heder

MScDent., DMD, Cert. Pedo.
I love kids. They are fun-loving and you can joke around with them all day long. That’s why I find my work in pediatric dentistry so rewarding. I get to spend time with some of the brightest, most fun people in the world, helping them stay healthy and develop good habits for a lifetime of wellness.


Before becoming a dentist, I attained the following education:

  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree, University of Manitoba
  • Clinical Director of the Undergraduate Pediatric Dentistry, University of Manitoba
  • Pediatric Dentistry Certificate and Masters Degree in Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Continuing Education

I maintain memberships with several professional organizations that ensure I stay informed about the latest technology and techniques in my field. I belong to the following associations:

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • York Region Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

In the Practice

I am proud to be a part of this practice and to associate with so many excellent professionals. I have a strong sense of home here, which is very important to me. My family moved from Bosnia when I was a child and we settled in Winnipeg where I grew up. After earning my DMD degree, I practiced and taught there before going to New Jersey to specialize. I moved to Ontario after graduating from the pediatric program to become a part of the LA team. I love the variety of my work and how friendly the atmosphere at the office is every day. It not only makes my job as nice as it is, it also helps provide a great atmosphere for my patients. Having a positive experience at the dentist as a child can make a big difference in person’s lifelong outlook on oral health.

Family and Community

My husband and I live in Gormley, Ontario where we are happy to raise our very active children. The kids keep us busy with a variety of activities, including gymnastics at Pulsars and swimming in Stouffville. I enjoy all of the time I get to spend at home and in my community with my family.

Dr. Zhemeng Wang

DDS, Cert. Pedo.
First and foremost, I love children. They inspire me every day to have more fun and to be more energetic, creative, and optimistic. I am very lucky that, as a pediatric dentist, my job gives me the opportunity to interact with kids all day long, and to help them with their oral health and overall health.


  • Bachelor’s degree, McGill University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, University of Western Ontario
  • Advanced Training in Pediatric Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry

Continuing Education

I greatly value the importance of keeping up with the latest advances in my field. Throughout the year, I attend several conferences and continuing education courses offered by my professional associations, which include:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Chinese Canadian Dental Society

In the Practice

I truly believe that I work at one of the finest teams in the field of oral health. It is wonderful to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply for patients and works to provide the best treatment setting possible. I am confident that my patients will be comfortable in this practice and committed in providing a great experience at each visit.

Family and Community

I really love Toronto and all the opportunities it provides. I am proud of my work with the Chinese Canadian Dental Society, of which I am a past president, as well as the educational sessions I have conducted at several schools in Richmond Hill and Markham. In my leisure time, I like to be with family and friends, whether it’s catching a movie or exploring one of Toronto’s excellent restaurants. I stay fit by running and practicing yoga. I also like to travel when I get the chance.

Dr. Anthony Antoniazzi

BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
I feel very privileged to be an orthodontist, because my profession has truly changed the way people smile. Orthodontics can have a positive impact on self-esteem and it is amazing to see the changes it can have on an individual’s self-confidence. I truly feel as though I have the greatest job in the world, and I enjoy coming to work every day. Because our practice treats both children and adults, we are very fortunate to meet many different people and build personal and professional relationships with them. Not only can we help our patients, but we can also learn from them.

We have a strong, team approach at the office, hopefully making every treatment more efficient and enjoyable. My team and I have the experience and knowledge required to create beautiful smiles, and, best of all, we love what we do! My profession allows me to give back to the community, and to give confidence through a new smile!


  • Bachelor of Science Degree – Laurentian University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Western Ontario
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Orthodontic Specialty – Jacksonville University, Florida
  • Board Eligible for the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Continuing Education

I have been exposed to a wide variety of continuing education courses which have helped mold the way I practice orthodontics. We believe in an evidence-based approach when employing new techniques in our practice. Not only do we take into consideration the dental literature and doctors’ experience and expertise, but we also truly value patients’ input.

As a part of my continuing education, I dedicated a full year to focusing on crown and bridge and implant dentistry. As many complex orthodontic cases require an interdisciplinary-approach, it is helpful to have this background and understanding when I am planning treatment and communicating with the dentists of our patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association of Orthodontics
  • Progressive Orthodontist Study Group

Family and Community

I am originally from Kirkland Lake and really enjoy the similarities I have found here in Stouffville. Everyone is warm and friendly, and even though it’s a big city, it has the charm and feeling of a small town! My parents still live up north and own a pharmacy in Kirkland Lake, and I have two older sisters and four really fun nephews! In my spare time, I enjoy golf, fishing, hockey, live music, and doing anything outdoors.

I am new to the Stouffville area but in the past I have been active in my community through coaching youth sports, especially hockey, baseball, and volleyball. I also volunteer for the Christmas Wish Foundation and Meals on Wheels. I understand the importance of being a community-minded citizen and I am excited to become an active member of the Stouffville community!