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What You Need to Do When Picking Out a Teething Ring

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Tropic Dental
What You Need to Do When Picking Out a Teething RingTeething can be a frustrating time in your infant's life, for parents as well as for your baby. The low grade fevers, the pain and sleepless nights, the crying and the ear tugging are all signs that your baby is working hard at growing new teeth. Many parents look to the teething ring as a way to soothe some of the discomfort that their child is feeling, and while this is fine, there are a few things you need to be aware of when you're choosing a teething ring for your infant.

So Many Choices

The market is saturated with different teething options. There are natural necklaces made from amber beads, freezing rings and rings filled with goo. So what to choose? Be aware of what chemicals may be used in any ring that you choose. Some plastics are filled with phthalates, which soften the plastic, but this can leach out of the plastic and be ingested causing problems for your baby. Check the label on any teething ring you're considering prior to purchasing it. Avoid any that contain fragrances, phthalates or bisphenol A.

It's also a good idea to avoid teething rings that are filled with liquid. If your child bites it hard enough, the liquid can leak out of the teething ring and has the potential to make your baby sick. Often times, the liquid can even be contaminated with bacteria.

Stay away from teething rings that are decorated with beads or other small pieces as these can obviously be a choking hazard for your child. The small pieces can become dislodged and easily swallowed, and that's a trip to the emergency room that every parent wants to avoid.

If your baby is teething, give us a call and we will check for problems, discuss any oral hygiene concerns you may have and help you choose a teething ring that is right for you!
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