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What Do White Spots on a Baby’s Gums Mean?

 

Teething baby sucking on block

When you notice white spots on your baby’s gums, the dentists from Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental say don’t panic! It’s likely a sign of “teething” – a common developmental behavior in infants of around 10 weeks of age and can last from 6 months to 3 years.

A baby’s first tooth generally erupts during the seventh month followed by the two central incisors (center bottom teeth) then by their neighboring teeth on either side, and finally by the two center top teeth, and their neighbors. All 20 baby teeth will eventually make their way out over about 18 months.

Teething Symptoms (Including White Spots on Your Baby’s Gums)

The pressure on the gums can leave them swollen and tender. Many babies do not experience any pain or problems, but when symptoms do occur, they generally last for several days before and after the tooth cuts through the gums. You may even notice white spots on your baby’s gums during the teething process along the gum line or on the roof of the mouth, over and above other common indicators.

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Rubbing the gums or ears
  • Swollen or sensitive gums
  • Increased saliva production
  • A lack of interest in solid foods
  • A slight climb in body temperature
  • Wanting to chew on fingers or hard substances
  • A red rash on the face (caused by excessive drooling)

Teething is a natural part of your baby’s growth. However, seek immediate dental attention in these cases.

  • The white spots on your baby’s gums worsen
  • Your baby expresses extreme irritability
  • Your baby suddenly catches a high fever

Diagnosis and What to Expect

Diagnosis will be according to factors like your baby’s age, oral care, symptoms, and gum appearance.

In addition to white spots on your baby’s gums during the teething process, mild bruising or bleeding may occur. If you feel concerned, get in touch with us for a full examination.

Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Your Baby Healthy & Happy

Smiling toddler with baby teeth

A wet cloth or teething ring are generally good, safe options to help reduce discomfort and offer some relief of most teething symptoms, including the white spots on your baby’s gums.

Do’s:

  • Feed your baby cool fluids
  • Start your infant’s oral care early to prevent childhood tooth decay
  • Make sure your baby is in an upright position when feeding
  • Massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger or wet gauze
  • Make sure that teething rings are whole, liquid-free, and made of firm rubber
  • Make sure that everything you give your infant is germ-free or sterilized and cannot be swallowed

Don’ts:

  • Don’t use alcohol
  • Don’t give your baby warm or cold fluids as this can aggravate the white spots on your baby’s gums
  • Don’t give your baby crackers or teething biscuits without supervision
  • Don’t tie a teething ring or anything else around your baby’s neck
  • Don’t freeze teething rings as this can damage the baby’s teeth, gums, and mouth tissue
  • Don’t give your baby amber teething necklaces, as they can be a potential choking hazard and are ineffective when relieving pain

General Baby Gum and Tooth Care

  • After feeding, wash your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth or gauze.
  • Wipe away any excess drool. Keeping your baby’s face clean and dry will prevent a rash from forming.
  • When teeth come in and white spots on your baby’s gums caused by teething are present, brush them daily in circular motions with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush or damp gauze pad. Brushing too hard can irritate the white spots on your baby’s gums and not brushing at all can develop infection.
  • For a child’s first teeth, use fluoride toothpaste that amounts to the size of a grain of rice and increase it slightly by the time your child reaches 3 years of age.

Visit a Pediatric Dentist for the Cutest, Healthiest Smiles

Make sure you take your child to a pediatric dentist when their very first tooth comes through, and then again by one year of age. Find these services at Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental in Reno.

  • Infant oral care: The first few dental visits are vital to ensure long-term dental health.
  • Composite fillings: Our tooth-colored fillings are both medically and cosmetically superior to traditional silver fillings.
  • Pediatric dental x-rays: If your child is complaining of pain and soreness, or if they have sustained an injury to the mouth, we can quickly determine the extent of the damage to their teeth, gums, and jaw.
  • Dental sealants: This quick and simple method of coating the teeth protects the enamel from bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay.
  • Orthodontics: We offer a host of solutions to straighten teeth, such as Invisalign, traditional braces, lingual braces, and ceramic braces.

Contact Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental for quality dental care for your whole family including infants as young as 6 months, children, teens, and kids with special needs. If you’ve spotted white spots on your baby’s gums, we’ll do an examination and advise you on how to better care for your child’s teeth and gums.

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