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These Cute Teethers Are So Satisfying for Your Baby to Chew On

Bestproducts.com Logo By Cat Bowen, Latifah Miles of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 12: The teething process can be an absolute nightmare for both baby and parents. They’re angry and in pain, and they’re not quiet about it. You’ll pretty much try anything to help them ease their pain, but how do you know what’s safe? We spoke to a dentist to find out what’s going on inside those little mouths, and what sort of baby teethers they think are the best. Because, let's be honest, teething is hell.Dr. Jonathan L. Wong, D.M.D. tells BestProducts.com that babies usually begin teething around 5 or 6 months old, and typically they’ll start with the lower central incisors (the two bottom teeth up front). After that, they’ll get about a tooth per month until all 20 baby teeth have made their way through the gums. Wong says that “Teething for each tooth lasts an average of 8 days. Usually 4 days before the tooth breaks through the gums (some say colloquially ‘the tooth is cut’) and for about four days after. This is due to the inflammation of the tooth breaking through the gums, and then the gums healing and adapting to the newly erupted tooth.” He cautions that this could last until their your child turns 3. That’s a lot of angry baby screams — and you’re going to want help. When it comes to cautions, Wong points out that “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a couple things in a teething toy or teether: It should be large enough to not be a choking risk; it should be hygienic and washable; and the paint or color should be lead-free. They also note that the ability to be cold can be helpful.”And throw away those amber teething necklaces, now. Wong tells us that “I do not like teething rings that go around a child's neck like a necklace — several children die each year from strangulation, so this is a big no for me. I also do not like beaded chew toys, as the beads can break free and cause aspiration or choking.”  Instead, pick up one of these baby teethers that will ease your child's pain safely and gently.

The teething process can be an absolute nightmare for both baby and parents. They’re angry and in pain, and they’re not quiet about it. You’ll pretty much try anything to help them ease their pain, but how do you know what’s safe? We spoke to a dentist to find out what’s going on inside those little mouths, and what sort of baby teethers they think are the best. Because, let's be honest, teething is hell.

Dr. Jonathan L. Wong, D.M.D. tells BestProducts.com that babies usually begin teething around 5 or 6 months old, and typically they’ll start with the lower central incisors (the two bottom teeth up front). After that, they’ll get about a tooth per month until all 20 baby teeth have made their way through the gums.

Wong says that “Teething for each tooth lasts an average of 8 days. Usually 4 days before the tooth breaks through the gums (some say colloquially ‘the tooth is cut’) and for about four days after. This is due to the inflammation of the tooth breaking through the gums, and then the gums healing and adapting to the newly erupted tooth.”

He cautions that this could last until their your child turns 3. That’s a lot of angry baby screams — and you’re going to want help.

When it comes to cautions, Wong points out that “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a couple things in a teething toy or teether: It should be large enough to not be a choking risk; it should be hygienic and washable; and the paint or color should be lead-free. They also note that the ability to be cold can be helpful.”

And throw away those amber teething necklaces, now. Wong tells us that “I do not like teething rings that go around a child's neck like a necklace — several children die each year from strangulation, so this is a big no for me. I also do not like beaded chew toys, as the beads can break free and cause aspiration or choking.”

Instead, pick up one of these baby teethers that will ease your child's pain safely and gently.

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