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Colic and Teething: Irritable, crying, fussy baby and it’s not a fever! Teething - Referral to Dentist/Doctor

4. When should my baby see their dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends your baby see their dentist, within 6 months of getting their first tooth or by their first birthday.17 The reasons to see the dentist include:

  • you can find out how to properly care for your baby’s teeth and gums
  • your dentist can find problems right away and fix them
  • your child can learn that going to the dentist is normal

5. When should I take my baby immediately to the dentist/doctor?14

  • Red, swollen, irritated gums around the tooth with or without pus
  • Delays of more than 6 months in baby tooth eruption or more than 12 months in a permanent tooth eruption
  • Suspected illness in a young child (these are not normally associated with teething):
    • fever
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • malaise
    • rashes
    • symptoms of common cold
  • Eruption cysts (bluish swelling near erupted tooth) that do not drain, or that cause discomfort and/or interfere with feeding Eruption cyst